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Eco Schools Grants Program


This program aims to provide funding for schools to create environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Environmental outcomes: Enable schools to promote more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment.
- Student learning outcomes: Promote the development of knowledge, values and behaviour in students that supports environmental sustainability.
- Teacher professional development: Assist teachers to access targeted professional learning, and to assist with integrating environmental management into curriculum delivery.
- School and community partnerships for sustainability: Encourage schools and the community to explore opportunities for working together for sustainability outcomes.

Grants of up to $3,500 each are available for up to 80 schools in 2019.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants must:
- Be a registered NSW school.
- Not have a current Eco Schools project (or outstanding final report).
- Be registered on the Sustainable Schools NSW website.
- Be seeking funding for a new project, or a separate and additional stage of a previous project.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:
- Environmental restoration, including restoring or maintaining natural areas or native habitat. Projects may be located on school grounds, or in the local community (e.g. community gardens, national parks, Council reserves etc.). 
-  Designing and constructing new gardens (or further developing existing gardens). Gardening projects can include: 
a) Native trees and plants
b) Fruit, vegetables, and herbs
c) Sensory gardens
d) Keeping chickens, native bees, aquaponics systems, and associated materials
e) Explorations of the environment through Aboriginal culture, (e.g. bush tucker gardens) 
-  Energy management.
- Water efficiency, water conservation, water quality, and stormwater management/harvesting.
- Waste management and education (e.g. recycling systems, composting, worm farming, litter reduction).
- Biodiversity, native flora and fauna, and ecosystems.
- Community partnerships for sustainability (e.g. teacher networks, activities between schools, sourcing expert advice and support).

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- The project has a proven need and tangible, measurable environmental outcomes.
- The project ensures measurable student learning.
- Project activities increase teacher capacity to deliver environmental education.
- The school and the community work together for sustainability outcomes.
- Value for money.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding;
- Preschools and childcare centres.
- Overall project coordination (including salaries of existing school staff).
- Landscaping works for improving aesthetics (e.g. earthworks, flower gardens, retaining walls).
- Works on certain infrastructure (e.g. buildings, kitchen equipment, furniture, etc.).
- Any works that are mandated as part of a development, court or agency order.

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2019-05-10 Download
Application Form Guide 2019-05-10 Download
Application Form 2019-05-10 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Opening Date 29 Apr 2019
Start By Date 17 Jun 2019
Closing Date 1 Jul 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $3,500
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Education : General
Environment : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
New South Wales
Applicable to Churches No
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier State
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Program Administrator
Office of Environment and Heritage
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