Eco Schools grants

The Eco Schools Grant Program aims to provide 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 each were available for up to 80 schools in 2016-17.
  • Up to 25 of these grants 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 access targeted professional learning, and to assist with integrating environmental mangement 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.

Grants awarded

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:

Example forms and guidelines

The program is currently closed to applications. The documents below are for information purposes only.

StageOpening dateClosing dateForms
(one stage process)
Closed Closed

Program Guidelines

(PDF 456KB)


How to compete your application

(PDF 373KB)


Application form

(PDF 356KB)

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: 21 October 2016