The NSW Government is committed to encouraging people to walk or bike ride as part of their everyday travel. The Get NSW Active program offers councils funding to deliver projects that create safe, easy, and enjoyable walking and bike trips.
- Status: Closed
- Grant amount: From $30,000 to $10,000,000
- Application opened: 31 October 2023
- Application closed: 13 December 2023, 12:00 am
The objective of the Get NSW Active program is to support the development and delivery of walking and cycling projects that:
- Contribute to continuous and connected walking and cycling networks across NSW that connect communities to local destinations
- Enable more people to safely walk and ride as part of their everyday travel
- Facilitate children’s and young people’s independent mobility by improving safe walking and bike riding options for travel to and from school
- Support multi-modal journeys by integrating active and public transport
- Deliver quality place outcomes that contribute to vibrant places, and liveable neighbourhoods that support local lifestyles
- Enable and encourage behaviour change and shift community perception towards walking and cycling as everyday travel options for short trips
- Deliver walking and cycling connections that enable all people, regardless of gender, to move freely within their communities.
This program is administered by Transport for NSW.
Who can apply
The Get NSW Active program is open to all NSW local councils, Lord Howe Island Board, and the Far West Unincorporated Region.
Who the grant is targeted towards
The NSW Government wants walking and bike riding, known as active transport, to be the preferred way for people across NSW to make short trips and a viable, safe, and efficient option for longer trips.
Types of projects funded under this grant
For Get NSW Active, funding is available for strategy/plan development*, project design, and project construction for walking and cycling projects.
For Active Travel to and from School funding is available for project construction only.
*Funding is not available for development of strategy/plans in the Unincorporated Far West Area. Only design and construction projects are eligible.
When the project can start and end
Applications can be made for projects that are being delivered over multiple years:
- For projects funded under Get NSW Active, they must be delivered within three (3) years
- For projects funded under Active Travel to and from School, they must be delivered within two (2) years.
The project should be started by 1 July 2024.
Outcomes for projects funded under this grant
Walking and cycling are the most sustainable form of transport, contributing to great places, cleaner local environments, healthier lifestyles, and providing economic benefits to local neighbourhoods. By encouraging more people to walk or ride for everyday journeys, we will improve neighbourhoods and the environment, reduce car use and traffic congestion, support local economies, and improve the general health of our communities.
What costs you can apply for
Up to 100% of the project cost can be funded under Get NSW Active.
Value must be (excluding GST):
- Strategy/plan development project: between $30,000 and $100,000.
- Design project: between $50,0000 and $1,000,000.
- Construction project: between $50,000 and $10,000,000. Proposals to undertake multiple construction projects under one grant are eligible up to a maximum value of $2,000,000. The projects need to be of a similar facility type and have similar project outcomes.
- Active Travel to School grants (construction project only): between $50,000 and $800,000.
Who can’t apply
Any organisation that is not a metropolitan or regional council in NSW.
Types of projects not funded under this grant
Projects that are ineligible for the FY2024/25 Get NSW Active program include:
- Painted on-road cycling lanes and mixed traffic cycling projects with design speeds above 30km/h and/or unsuitable street environments.
- Stand-alone pedestrian refuge projects (note: in some cases, pedestrian or cycling refuges may be acceptable as part of a broader walking or cycling upgrade project where providing for a low demand movement and where an alternative facility type likely cannot not be provided).
- Maintenance of existing assets.
- Projects that primarily deliver bike parking (for example bike storage cages).
- Closed loop recreational projects, e.g., walking/cycling circuits within open space that do not contribute to the broader network.
- Non-infrastructure projects such as behavioural change campaigns, events, promotions, or maps.
- Projects that predominately focus on vehicular traffic improvements.
- Standalone signage or wayfinding projects.
- Standalone lighting projects or lighting of an existing facility.
Funding is available for strategy/plan development, project design, and project construction for the following facility types:
- walking connections
- raised pedestrian or shared crossings (‘wombat’ crossings)
- continuous footpath treatments
- kerb extensions
- separated bike paths
- shared paths
- shared zones
- road closures
- other (e.g., new signalised crossings. Applicants will need to demonstrate alignment with the program objectives).
What co-contributions are required
Applications that include a contribution by Council may attract a higher assessment score across some program assessment criteria.
For projects that include a contribution from the applicant, the grant amount will be adjusted pro rata in response to any cost reduction or any approved increased to project cost. Any variation requests submitted by Council must include confirmation that the applicant will contribute at the same rate as the initial contribution.
What your application needs to include
Prepare your application with this checklist
The information and documentation requirements will vary from project to project but will likely include some or all of the following, plus additional documents specific to the project:
- a map of the project
- coordinates for the start and end point (latitude and longitude)
- relevant strategy document(s) where the project has been identified
- design documentation
- consultation summaries/reports
- cost estimate for the total project value (excluding GST) separately detailing the base cost and contingency
- evidence of relevant approvals.
Given the range of documentation will vary considerably between projects, applicants will also be required to identify and attach any specialist studies or other project specific information that is critical to the assessment of the application.
Address the eligibility criteria
Each applicant, as part of an application response, must confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria.
Applicants that do not address the eligibility criteria in full may be excluded from the application process at the department's discretion.
Address the assessment criteria
- Each application is given a score so they can be ranked. The score is based on the answers to application questions.
- Eligibility screening - not scored, mandatory requirement
- Project details - not scored
- Project design and strategic merits (project design or project construction) OR Aims and objectives of the strategy/plan (strategy/plan development project) - 60% weighting
- Project management approach and ability to deliver project - 40% weighting
- Eligibility criteria is set out in the guidelines and embedded in the application questions. If a response to a question indicates an ineligible project, the application will not progress through the application process and the applicant will be notified of the reasoning why.
Start the application
Councils apply via the NSW Grants and Funding website. It is recommended that applicants familiarise themselves with the questions and prepare their answers and documentation ahead of the closing date. Applicants can begin their application, save their progress, and return to complete the application at a later time.
- If you are a new applicant, you will need to register before you log in.
- You will need to provide your name, email address and create a password.
- You can also use an existing Facebook, Twitter or Google account to register.
After the application is submitted
Successful applications will be decided by: The decision maker for the award of Get NSW Active 2024/2025 will be the Transport for NSW Financial Delegate.
- December 2023: Applications close
- December 2023 - March 2024: Evaluation by the assessment panel
- April 2024 - Recommended projects approved, and applicants notified successful projects announced
- May-June 2024: Council has 28 days to sign and return the funding letter of offer to accept the grant.
Anticipated assessment outcome date is April 2024
Anticipated date for funding deed execution with successful applicants is 1 July 2024
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