Funding opportunities

There are lots of programs and organisations that can assist school communities, teachers and students with funding and incentives that support:

  • student investigations
  • research
  • school environmental activities and projects.

Click the button below to download an information sheet with useful tips when applying for grants.

Grants

Eco Schools Grants

The Eco Schools grants program funds environmental management projects that promote learning opportunities for students, teachers and the community. It is run by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. This program is currently under review.  Find out more about the Eco Schools grants program

NSW Department of Education Sustainable Schools Grants

NSW public schools and preschools can apply for funding of up to $15,000, to deliver hands-on, sustainability-focused projects that link to the NSW curriculum. Delivered through the DoE School Infrastructure NSW, the grants are part of a four-year, $10 million dollar program that gives schools the opportunity to develop innovative hands-on projects that help students learn about environmentally sustainable practices and take real steps to enhance the sustainability of their school environment. The second round of grants will open in November 2020. Find out more

Looking for some ideas to plan a quality sustainability education program. Sustainable Schools NSW recommends adopting a whole-school approach to sustainability: Update your school environment management plan, provide professional development opportunities for teachers, and support student leadership.

Junior Landcare Grants 

Grants are available for projects that inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. The third round of grants will open in 2021. Find out more

Local Council Grants

Local councils often provide grants to schools in their area for specific projects, so don't forget to check what is available from your council.

If you are not sure of your local council area you can do a local council search. You can also find out if your Council runs a local schools sustainability network. 

Schools Plus

Schools Plus is a national charity that raises funding for schools in disadvantaged communities. Schools eligible for support through Schools Plus have an ICSEA value below 1000. Funding is available through the Smart Giving Projects for a strategic project that will have a transformational impact on students, applications close 11 September 2020. 

Competitions

Find an environmental competition for your school to participate in. 

NSW Environmental Education Awards: Celebrating the achievements of educations and environmental education programs in NSW. An annual awards supported by the Australian Association for Environmental Education. 

Mobile Muster Competition: Make a one minute film to  encourage the community to recycle their mobile phones through the MobileMuster program. The theme for this years’ competition is Small Actions Big Impact. Film entries are due 21 September 2020.

SCINEMA Junior 2021 For students who love science and have an interest in filmmaking, entries open in September 2020 for the 2021 Festival.

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize: Video competition for primary and secondary students with a passion for science and communicating ideas. 2020 Theme is Water, applications now closed.

Terracycle Colgate Community Garden Challenge: Recycle oral care waste for the chance to win a recycled community garden set for your school. Entries close October 2020.
 
Threatened Species Children's Art Competition encourages children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. Currently under review.
 
Zayed Sustainability Prize a prestigious global award based in the United Arab Emirates recognises achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. Sign up for the newsletter to receive the latest updates for the 2021 submission phase.
 
Read our most recent e-newsletter for current competitions and opportunities.