Green Schools grant program

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Applications have now closed for the 2024 grant program. Applications open each year in February and close in March. 

2024 Green Schools grants

Six local North Sydney schools and preschools were awarded grants in 2024. Council looks forward to supporting Cameragal Montessori (Ridge Street), Cameragal Montessori (Neutral Bay), Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, Shirley Road Preschool, St Johns Preschool and North Sydney Public School to roll out sustainability initiatives aimed at increasing food production, reducing uniform waste, establishing native gardens, and increasing wildlife diversity and habitats.

2025 Green Schools grants 

All North Sydney-based preschools, childcare centres, primary and high schools are encouraged to apply for the Green Schools grant program in 2025.

The Green Schools 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!

Before you apply, 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 get any technical assistance we can provide.

Email for further information or to discuss your idea:

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.

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