Community grants

We recognise that community organisations play an important role in the wellbeing of neighbourhoods. As part of our vision 'to strengthen communities through transport' and our commitment to be good neighbours, we seek to support organisations who can have a positive impact in the communities where we operate.

Our community grants offer up to $5000 to support initiatives that generate social and environmental benefits for communities near our Australian roads.

See our latest Australian community grant recipients

Information about the Express Lanes Community Grant Program in the US

How to Apply

We accept applications for our Australian grants program twice a year through the Smarty Grants website.

Key dates for the current funding round are:

28 August 2017 Applications open
5 November 2017 Applications close

Before applying, please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements below.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed against the following criteria:

  • benefit to communities in which our road networks operate
  • potential to positively affect a large number of people or drive significant environmental outcomes
  • potential to help overcome barriers to transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • specificity of the grant's intended use and expected outcomes
  • achievement of community benefits that may otherwise not be possible
  • ability to achieve lasting benefits

During the application review stage we may ask for additional information, such as:

  • details of any project partners and how they will contribute to the project's success
  • risks that may affect the project and how they will be managed
  • a detailed project budget

If you have any questions about your application you can email the Grants Manager at


To be eligible for a Transurban community grant your organisation must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. DGR's must be listed with the Australian Tax Office (ATO) as per the guidelines in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Item 1 of the table in Section 30-15). You can find out the DGR status of your organisation in the ATO ABN lookup website.

Grants will not be paid to:

  • for-profit organisations
  • government departments (excluding schools) or political groups
  • labour, trade or business organisations
  • social clubs
  • religious groups (except initiatives that support a non-religious purpose)
  • fundraising events such as raffles, telethons, walk-a-thons or auctions
  • chairs, endowments or scholarships sponsored by academic or non-profit institutions
  • special events such as conferences, symposia or sports competitions
  • organisations that support or participate in activities inconsistent with our Diversity Policy
  • cover ongoing administrative costs
  • projects or events that have already occurred

Eligible locations

Projects from the following Council areas of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will be considered:


Moreland City Council
Moonee Valley City Council
City of Port Phillip
City of Melbourne
Boroondara City Council
Stonnington City Council
City of Yarra Council


Brisbane City Council
Logan City Council
Ipswich City Council

New South Wales

City of Sydney
Randwick Council
City of Botany Bay
Willoughby City Council
Hornsby Council
Hill Shire Council (formerly Baulkham)
City of Ryde
Lane Cove Council
Ku-ring-gai Council
Hurstville Council
Campbelltown Council
Liverpool City Council
Bankstown City Council
Canterbury City Council
Rockdale City Council
Fairfield City Council
Blacktown Council
Penrith Council