Supporting school communities to implement environmental initiatives.
Pre-schools, childcare centres, primary and high schools can develop, implement, review and celebrate school-based projects.
Projects can be on energy, waste, water, climate change, biodiversity... and so on!
Grants are assigned to waste or to non-waste projects, and are worth up to $6000 if waste-related, or up to $3000 if non-waste related.
Funding is competitive, and the program itself is capped at $12,000 per financial year.
Projects must be completed by the end of each school year.
Each year the grant program opens in March and closes in June.
Application forms are available here at that time.
Or we can get in touch if you send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Before proceeding with your Green Schools Grant we 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.
Green Schools Grants - 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 old 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.