Eco Schools grants

The Eco Schools grants program is now open to applications.  Applications close 3pm, Monday 19 June 2017.

The Eco Schools Program funds schools to assist with environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community. Eco Schools’ projects provide hands-on curriculum-based environmental education focussing on strong student participation.

Funding available

  • Grants of $3500 will be available for up to 80 schools in 2017-18.
  • While all schools are eligible to apply, we also encourage projects working primarily with students with special needs.


The program will fund environmental management projects aimed at achieving the following objectives.

Objective 1

Environmental benefits

  • Enabling schools to promote more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment.

Objective 2

Student participation

  • To promote the development of knowledge, values and behaviour in students that supports environmental sustainability.

Objective 3

Teacher engagement

  • To assist teachers to access targeted professional learning, and to assist with integrating environmental management into curriculum delivery.

Objective 4

Managing for sustainability
in school and the community

  • To encourage schools and the community to explore opportunities for working together for sustainability outcomes.

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. Links to relevant pages can be found on the Eco Schools Resources page.

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

Guidelines and application forms

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

  • The Application 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.
  • 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.


Application forms and guidelines


StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one stage process)
26 April 2017 19 June 2017

Program Guidelines

(PDF 410KB)


How to compete your application

(PDF 733KB)


Application form

(PDF 355KB)

Past recipients - Eco Schools

A total of 212 applications were received for the Eco Schools program in 2016. The Environmental Trust approved 80 applications totalling $280,000, which includes projects working with children with special needs. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2016 Eco Schools grant summaries page.

Past recipents

A list of previous successful projects and their summaries is available for the following years:

Past recipients - Food Gardens

Past recipents

A list of previous successful projects and their summaries is available for the following years:

Frequently asked questions

The information on this page has been provided to assist you in developing an Eco Schools funding application.

Reporting obligations

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.

Further information

For all enquiries, please contact the Environmental Trust.

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093

Page last updated: 22 May 2017