Environmental performance ratings and assessment grants

Supports our work towards the environmental targets included in our community strategic plan Sustainable Sydney 2030.

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Applications are now closed

  • Recommendations to Council: 27 June 2022

About this program

This grant supports environmental ratings, certifications, audits and assessments for buildings.

The cost of a rating or assessment can be a significant barrier for organisations. This program encourages building owners to begin on the pathway of environmental rating and continuous performance improvement.

We fund organisations to undertake credible, industry-accepted environmental performance ratings such as the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), energy audits that conform to the AS3598 standard and residential energy/water/waste assessments.

If successful, you must commit to implementing cost-effective opportunities.

Check out our storymap for the great work of buildings in the city who have implemented environmental performance actions through our grants program.

We also provide support for environmental performance under the innovation category, which supports testing or use of new technologies and processes that benefit the environment.

Funding available

Funding is available for improving environmental performance in the residential strata and the accommodation (hotels, hostels and serviced apartments) sectors. The amount and type of funding available depends on the sector, relevant rating and implementation stage of your proposal.

Accommodation (hotels, hostels and serviced apartments) sectors: energy and water ratings and action plans

Accommodation (hotels, hostels and serviced apartments) sectors: energy assessments and audits

Residential strata sector: performance rating and action plan

Residential strata sector: water and energy assessments

Up to $10,000 is available for water and energy assessments that could include lighting assessments, technical investigations of plant and equipment, or whole building water and energy assessments. A NABERS energy and/or water rating must be done with this assessment unless there's a current rating already in place.

The recipient commits to implement operational improvements and take recommendations and reasonable business cases from the assessment to a general meeting for consideration.