Environmental Education grants

The 2017 Environmental Education Grants Program is now open for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s).

You are invited to submit an expression of interest that can clearly show a specific local environmental issue or problem, that the target audience, methods and time line are appropriate and that the project can measure and show a tangible environmental outcome.

EOI’s will close 3pm Monday 10 April 2017. It is expected that those applicants who are invited to submit a full application will be notified in early June 2017.

Important note: The 2017 round sees some changes to the program from previous years. Projects now must be a minimum of 2 years in length with a minimum grant request of $10,000.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the Environmental Education Grants Program is to support educational projects or programs that develop or widen the community's knowledge of, skills in, and commitment to, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour. The objectives of the Environmental Education Grants Program are to:

  • facilitate changes in behaviour of individuals and groups which affect specific environmental problems
  • develop and promote education projects that improve the environment.

Best practice environmental education

Environmental Education Grants Program proposals are expected to incorporate the following principles for effective and impactful environmental education projects:

  • Environmental benefit
  • Community need
  • Collaboration
  • Capacity building
  • Evaluation and dissemination.

 Further information on applying these principles to your project is available in the program guidelines.


The Environmental Education Grants Program offers the following grant funding annually:

  • $0.5 million to the community program
  • $0.5 million to the state and local government program.

Grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 are available.

Guidelines and application forms

Before you begin, applicants must read the guidelines, taking note of the submission checklist. 

  • The Expression of Interest form is an Adobe Smart Form (PDF). You will need Adobe Reader XI to complete the form.  You can download the latest Adobe Reader, which is free. (refer to the tips in the form for use as well).
  • Do not use Acrobat Pro to complete your form as it will not save the document with your typed responses.
  • Open the Application form, complete the questions and then save the document as organisation name only, and application number if more than one application being submitted.
  • You will need to save and name your document each time you close it down.
  • Once saved, the application form can then be emailed as an attachment.

Forms and guidelines

The Environmental Education application process has two stages: expression of interest, and then application by invitation only. 

 StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
Expression of Interest
6 March 2017 10 April 2017

2017 Program Guide

(PDF 744KB)

2017 EOI Guide

(PDF 425KB)


EOI form

(PDF 304KB)


(by invite only)


Forms will be provided to invited applicants.

Grants awarded

Community program

A total of 89 Expressions of Interest (EOI) were received and 13 were invited to submit full applications. The Environmental Trust approved three applications totalling $238,571. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2016 education project summary page.

Government program

A total of 51 EOIs were received and 14 were invited to submit full applications. The Environmental Trust approved nine applications totalling $668,489. The list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2016 education project summary page.

Previous Funding

Further information

A range of case studies from previously conducted environmental education projects are available on the case studies page. These projects all have their unique way of assisting to conserve and enhance the NSW environment.

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust::

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093

Email:     info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

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Page last updated: 20 March 2017