Green Schools Grant Program

The aim of the program is to support school communities (financially and otherwise) to implement environmental initiatives in a project-based way.

Pre-schools, childcare centres, primary and high schools can develop, implement, review and celebrate school-based projects.

Projects can be on plastic waste, energy, water, climate change, biodiversity... the possibilities are endless!


The Three Green Schools Grants

  1. Plastic or waste free school canteen grant.

  2. Other projects.

  3. Solar My School grant (currently only available to North Sydney PUBLIC schools).


2021 Green Schools Grant Program

In 2021, schools applied to three grant streams.

Firstly, projects which focus on waste-free or plastic-free canteens will be prioritised, and are worth up to $6000.

Secondly, other grant projects will be eligible for up to $3,000. For schools wanting to implement a project which is not related to plastic or waste-free canteens are still welcome to apply although funding is competitive, and the program itself is capped at $12,000 per financial year.

Thirdly, we are also very pleased to announce the Solar My School program has been added as the third grant stream (PUBLIC schools only).


The 2021 grant program closed Monday 22 March 2021, 5pm.

Council runs the Green School grant program in March every year.

To be kept updated and notified about the next grant program email us: 



Schools were eligible to apply for a grant project, and the Solar my School program in the same year. Projects must be completed by the end of the school year in 2021.


Grant Guidelines

Read the grant guidelines before you apply for a grant

Green Schools Grant Program application guide 2021 (189KB)

We also highly recommend you do the following:

  • Involve others - start exploring your project idea with as many students, teachers, parents and decision makers as possible.

  • Get quotes, as the cost of products and labour can often be surprisingly high.

  • Obtain pre-approval from management to use a space or facilities as this will allow you to hit the ground running once your grant has been approved.

  • Contact Council to discuss your idea, uncover ways we can help, and grab any technical assistance we can provide before you apply.



Past Projects

Take a look at a couple of projects completed over the years...


Little Sprouts Early Education

Little Sprouts applied to transform their yard into a natural oasis, full of greenery, natural elements and sustainable infrastructure. Students, teachers and families worked together to create herb and vegetable beds, installed a Bokashi Bin for food waste, developed a native garden, installed a water tank and revived their earlier worm farm.

Have a look:


St Mary's Primary School

St Mary's year 2 class, lead by teacher Timothy Butt, took innovation to a new level with their water catchment projects.

The "Catching Water" unit (completed over 20 weeks) got students to take what they learnt from excursions to Smoothey Park and Coal Loader, and invent designs that would help fix problem pollution in the catchment. The students did things like a litter count of Ridge St and St Leonards Park which revealed the high incidence of cigarette butts in both locations, as well as plastic waste, and illegally dumped rubbish. Students modelled their inventions and videoed their activities - then featured in a showcase event. Parents, Council and other classes saw what the class had learnt about the effects of litter on the catchment. St Mary's presented a Litter Report to Council and made numerous recommendations on how to manage the litter problem along Ridge St and St Leonard's Park.

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