Community grants

All roads lead to home

Know a great cause in your neighbourhood that could do with a helping hand? As part of our aim to improve the communities along our network, we don’t just stop at the roads.

Every six months, we offer grants of up to $5000 to initiatives like school projects, youth education, road safety and environmental programs.

How to Apply

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

Key dates for the current round are:

29 October 2018 Applications open
31 December 2018 Applications close

Before applying, check that you meet the requirements below.

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed against the following:

  • benefit to communities located near our roads
  • the scale of positive impact to the broader community and environment
  • potential to help overcome obstacles for transport, mobility and community inclusion
  • potential to improve the lives of disadvantaged or underprivileged groups
  • clear description of the grant's intended use and the expected benefits for the community
  • making a long-lasting difference to the community that may not otherwise have been possible without grant support.

We may ask for additional information, such as:

  • details of 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 Tim, our Grants Manager at


To be eligible for a 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

Your initiative needs to be happening in a local council area with a Transurban road, including:


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 City Council
Bayside Council
Inner West Council
Willoughby City Council
Hornsby Council
The Hills Shire Council (formerly Baulkham)
City of Parramatta
City of Ryde
Lane Cove Council
North Sydney Council
Ku-ring-gai Council
Georges River Council
Canterbury-Bankstown City Council
Georges River Council
Fairfield City Council
Blacktown Council
Penrith Council