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Eco Schools grants

The Eco Schools Grants Program is now closed to applications. The next round is expected to open in April 2016.

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.

Funding available

  • Grants of $3500 each are available for up to 80 schools in 2015/2016.  
  • Up to 25 of these grants of $3500 will be available for projects working primarily with students with special needs.


The program will fund school environmental management projects aimed at one or more of 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 integrate environmental management principles and practices into curriculum delivery and maximise student learning.

  • To promote professional learning for teachers to gain skills and knowledge about sustainability education and engagement.

Objective 4

Managing for sustainability
in school and the community

  • To encourage sustainable management of resources, school operations and grounds, and to fund activities that facilitate student and community learning about the environment.

The ultimate goal of the Eco Schools Grant Program is the development of environmentally sustainable schools.

Grants awarded

A total of 141 applications were received for the Eco Schools program in 2015. The Environmental Trust approved 78 applications totalling $273,000, which includes projects working with children with special needs. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2015 Eco Schools grant summaries page.

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 best practice page.

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

Guidelines and application forms

Forms and guidelines will be available when the program re-opens in April 2016.

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:

Frequently asked questions

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

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.

Further information

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust.

Phone:   (02) 8837 6093
Email:     info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 30 November 2015