City of Sydney Environmental Grants

Building improvement of commercial, apartments and industrial buildings in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Ballina

The Council of the City of Sydney is committed to the city’s future, prosperity, and liveability.

For this, an extensive community consultation with residents, businesses, government, statutory authorities, visitors, and educational/cultural institutions took place in 2008; resulting in the development of Sustainable Sydney 2030, a strategic plan to help the city achieve their targets.

As part of this master program, the City of Sydney has developed and implemented a series of projects, including several grants and sponsorship programs to support initiatives and actions towards a more sustainable city.


This grant supports environmental ratings, certifications, audits, and assessments for buildings. This program helps building owners to start measuring their environmental performance.

Three rounds of applications became available during 2020, with the first two closing in March and August, respectively. The third round is opening soon.

Who is eligible for this grant?

This grant is eligible for: not-for profits, for-profits, and owners corporations (Strata & Company owned).

The City of Sydney identified the below sectors as key players in the reduction of emissions and environmental impact:

  • Residential Strata (This sector will be prioritised)
  • Commercial office (unless a NABERS rating is required by government)
  • Accommodation
  • Entertainment

Let us help you

HFM has over 17 years of experience undertaking all the projects mentioned under this scheme. Additionally, HFM has experience helping secure similar grants for some of our clients and undertaking projects to help clients across all sectors save energy and improve their sustainability.

Recently, we provided recommendations that saved over $590,000 across 12 hotels to one of our clients, a prestigious international hotel group. This project started with HFM undertaking energy audits in the mentioned hotels, some of which were part of The City of Sydney environmental grants.

To get a better understanding about the services covered under this scheme, visit the links below:

What is the application process like?

From your side

  1. Let us know you are interested in participating
  2. Fill out the required forms / documents
  3. Provide relevant information (i.e. ABN, address, contact details, etc)
  4. Provide relevant details of the building’s resources accounts (electricity, water, and gas)
  5. Providing 12-months of energy/water data consumption would be beneficial, but not mandatory.

From our side

  1. Our friendly team members will guide you in the application process
  2. HFM will prepare a project plan for each site (This item is required for the grant application)
  3. HFM will prepare a Fee Proposal for each site (This item is required for the grant application)
  4. HFM will provide a risk management plan (This item is required for the grant application)
  5. Should the grant be awarded, HFM will undertake the quoted project for the client.

What can be funded?

residential sector:

  • Up to $10,000 for energy and/or water assessments
  • Up to $10,000 for NABERS energy and/or water ratings (First time applicants)
  • Up to $5,000 for NABERS energy and or water ratings (Second year applicants)

Non-residential sector:

  • Up to $15,000 for energy assessments of sub-systems or level 2 audits. (First time applicants)
  • Up to $5,000 to assist with implementation of previously recommended energy and water conservation measures. (Second year applicants)

Key Dates

Applications for round 3 of The City of Sydney environmental performance grants open on the 21st of October 2020 and close on the 16th of November 2020, for Environmental performance – ratings and assessment grant.

Key benefits for your building

Improving the environmental performance of your property is the most cost-effective way to increase asset valuation. By optimising plant and equipment efficiency and lowering operational expenses, you’ll attract and retain quality tenants/buyers.

Energy and Water assessments and audits are an excellent way to identify areas for improvement, and NABERS ratings provide accurate comparison against your peers and competitors in the market.

These services will assist in:

  • Understanding where and how energy and water is utilised in your building
  • Identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce operational cost
  • Benchmarking against your peers and identify opportunities for improvements
Energy and Water assessments and audits are an excellent way to identify areas for improvement, and NABERS ratings provide accurate comparison against your peers and competitors in the market.


HFM can assist your organisation to understand the full eligibility criteria and assist in applying for grants. Contact us on 1300 021 420 or via email at [email protected].

We offer tailored Engineering Solutions to improve the efficiency of any type of site, anywhere in Australia.

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