The 2016 Green Schools
Sustainability Grants Programme is now open to applications from local primary
and secondary schools, early childcare centres and preschools.
The grants are worth up to $2,000
and are provided through the Environmental Levy. They are for projects that
improve the sustainability of the school or preschool, or the environment close
to the school. To be eligible, projects must involve children in the
planning, implementation and evaluation of the project and inspire positive
behaviour change in the broader school community.
Past projects have included
creating vegetable and native bush tucker gardens, school wide recycling
programs and rainwater harvesting systems. Erosion problems have also been
tackled and compost and worm farm systems established through the schemes.
Eligible projects will:
Encourage and support
environmental sustainability outcomes in school communities;
Promote whole of school engagement
in sustainability projects; and
Nurture projects that develop
knowledge, skills and active involvement about and for the environment.
Last year, 12 schools received
grants totalling over $18,000. The projects they undertook included waste
minimisation and recycling, installing water efficient bubblers, planting of
vegetable and bush tucker gardens, creation of habitat for native wildlife, a
frog pond and raising chickens.
Applications for the Green
Schools Sustainability Programme close at 5pm on Friday, November 25, 2016.
Application forms and guidelines.
For further information on making
an application, contact Council on 6648 4643.