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.


Our newsletter is the most up-to-date source of grants open for NSW schools. Click here for our most recent newsletter. 

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. Round 5 is 27 February - 30 March 2023. 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. 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. 

Science Week School Grants

Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities. National Science Week School Grants rants are designed to support teachers and schools deliver engaging STEM events and activities that align with the National Science Week vision

Competitions & Awards

Competitions and Awards are a great way to encourage students to get involved and. to celebrate their achievements. 

Our newsletter is the most up-to-date source of competitions and awards open for NSW schools. Click here for our most recent newsletter

Some annual competitions are listed below

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 Schools Challenge and Film Competition encouraging the community to reduce e-waste and recycle their mobile phones. 

NSW Government Sustainability Awards: NSW Youth as Changemakers Award & Minister's Young Climate Champion Award, delivered in partnership with the Banksia Foundation. Note there is an entry fee applicable.

SCINEMA Junior For students who love science and have an interest in filmmaking.

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

Wild at Art: Threatened Species Children's Art Competition encourages children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals.
Writing for the Environment: An natioanal annual writing program in honour of the founder of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, Bob Walshe
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.
Tips and tricks for writing grants

Some useful resources to help you write your grant applications 

Tips for applying for grants

Sustainable Schools Grants - project ideas