Green Schools grant program

Applications for the 2023 grant program have now closed. The 2024 grant program will open in February.

The Green School grant program supports school communities (financially and otherwise) to implement environmental initiatives.

These projects can focus on plastic waste, energy, water, climate change, biodiversity... the possibilities are endless!

Pre-schools, childcare centres, primary and high schools that are based in the North Sydney area can develop, implement, review and celebrate their projects.

Schools wanting to implement a project which is not related to plastic-free or waste-free canteens are still welcome to apply. However, funding is competitive and the program is capped at $12,000 per financial year.

We also 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 may be surprisingly high.
  • Obtain pre-approval from management to use a space or facilities. This will let you 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

Little Sprouts Early Education - transformed 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.

St Mary's Primary School - year 2 class, led by teacher Timothy Butt, took innovation to a new level with their water catchment projects. The Catching Water unit was completed over 20 weeks and drew inspiration from excursions to Smoothey Park and the Coal Loader. They produced designs that would help fix problem pollution in the catchment.

When students did a litter count of Ridge Street and St Leonards Park, they discovered a high incidence of cigarette butts, as well as plastic waste and illegally dumped rubbish. They modelled their inventions and videoed their activities, then featured them in a showcase event. St Mary's also presented a Litter Report to Council, making numerous recommendations on how to manage the litter problem along Ridge Street and St Leonards Park.