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.


Eco Schools Grants

The Eco Schools grants program funds environmental management projects that promote learning opportunities for students, teachers and the community. It funds schools to provide hands-on environmental education with strong student participation. It is run by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. The 2019 round of the grants program is now open until 1 July 2019.  Find out more about the Eco Schools grants program

Sustainable Schools NSW recently hosted a free webinar to help teachers and parents learn the tips and tricks for applying for an Eco Schools grant. To ensure all schools have access to the advice and resources, you can watch a recording of the webinar here and download the supporting presentation slides.

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. First round of grants are open 1 - 29 November 2019. 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. Applications due 6 September 2019. 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. 


Find an environmental competition for your school to participate in. 

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 Use it or recycle it. Entries close 23 Septmeber 2019.

Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize: Video competition for primary and secondary students with a passion for science and communicating ideas. Entries close May 2019.

Terracycle Colgate Community Garden Challenge: Recycle oral care waste for the chance to win a recycled community garden set for your school. Entries close 30 September 2019.
Threatened Species Children's Art Competition encourages children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals.
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. Entries close May 2019.