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Grants and funding

Eco Schools grants

Call for applications

The Eco Schools program is now open. Applications close 5pm on 16 May 2014.

Grants of $2500 each are available for up to 60 schools in 2014.

The Eco Schools program provides grants to schools to give them the opportunity to involve their students and community in developing and implementing environmental management projects.


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.

Phone a friend

We have a phone-a-friend service where experts are available to assist you to develop your application. Call (02) 8837 6073 to make an appointment. Our frequently asked questions and best practice page will also assist you in developing your appliation.

Guidelines and application forms

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms

Application (one-stage process)

17 March 2014

16 May 2014

2014 Application Guidelines

(140021ApGdeES.pdf, 117KB)




2014 Application Form

(140020ApFrmES.doc, 220KB)

Frequently asked questions

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

Grants awarded in 2013

The Environmental Trust initially awarded 60 Eco Schools grants in November 2013. However, due to the high volume of applications received, an additional 20 Eco School grants were approved for funding. In total, the Trust approved $200,000 across 80 Eco Schools grants.  A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2013 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: 18 March 2014