Eco Schools Grants ProgramOverview
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:
- Enable schools to promote more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment.
- Promote the development of knowledge, values and behaviour in students that supports environmental sustainability.
- Assist teachers to access targeted professional learning, and to assist with integrating environmental management into curriculum delivery.
- 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 2018.
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 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).
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.