17 October 2016 Green Funds Available for Local Schools

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17 October 2016 Green Funds Available for Local Schools

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.​​