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Grants and funding

Eco Schools grants

Changes to the program in 2015

In 2015 the Eco Schools grants program will combine with the Food Gardens In Schools program to make it easier for schools to apply for funding. In 2015, the program will:

  • increase funding available for school environmental education projects
  • provide greater opportunity for students with special needs by funding a broader range of environmental projects
  • offer up to 80 grants of $3,500 each over two years.  A further 18 grants of $3,500 each will be available for projects catering for students with special needs.  

Further information will be available when the 2015 grants program opens for application in March 2015.

The Eco Schools Grant Program aims to provide learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community, through hands-on curriculum-based environmental projects that focus on strong student participation.


The program will fund school environmental management projects aimed at one or more of the following objectives.



  • to promote more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment
  • to enable schools to address community and government environmental concerns and priorities.
  • to promote the development of students’ knowledge, values and behaviour that supports environmental sustainability

  • to promote participation and learning of students in improving the quality of the school and local environment.

  • to assist teachers to integrate environmental management principles and practices into school programs and maximise student learning

  • to ensure project related professional learning for teachers to gain practical and educational skills and knowledge about the environment.

School development and management
  • to encourage a whole-of-school approach to sustainable management of school operations
  • to fund schools to utilise the natural and built environment to facilitate student learning.
The ultimate goal of the Eco Schools Grant Program is the development of environmentally sustainable schools.

Best practice examples, tips and resources

A collection of examples, tips and resources based on previous Eco Schools grant successes are available to help you develop your project idea. Link to relevant pages can be found on the best practice page.

Indicative costs are also available to provide an idea of how much your project may cost.

Guidelines and application forms

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms

Application (one-stage process)



Available once program is

open for application

Example guidelines and application forms

All applications for funding must be submitted on the relevant application form for that program and for that year.  The relevant application form and program guidelines will be available on the webpage while the program is open for applications each year.

However, for the information of potential applicants, examples of application forms and program guidelines from previous years are available below:

2014 Application Guidelines

2014 Application Form

Frequently asked questions

The information on this page has been provided to assist you with your application.

Grants awarded in 2014

A total of 69 applications were received for the Eco Schools program in 2014. The Environmental Trust approved 46 applications totalling $115,000.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2014 Eco Schools grant summaries page.

Reporting guidelines

All grantees should use the Eco Schools reporting template for their final report.  It is recommended that all schools read the template before completing their application.  Further detail and template are available on the Eco Schools program reporting page under Grantee Reporting Process.

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust:

Page last updated: 21 January 2015