Environmental Education

Grants of up to $250,000 for projects that develop knowledge and skills in protecting and restoring our environment.

This program is currently closed for applications.

Successful applications for the 2019 round have been announced.


The Environmental Education program supports projects that develop, broaden and transform the community's knowledge, skills, and intrinsic motivation to undertake sustainable behaviour and encourage participation in protecting the environment.

Program proposals are expected to incorporate the following elements:

  • environmental benefit
  • community need
  • collaboration
  • transformative learning leading to behaviour change
  • evaluation and dissemination.

The Environmental Education program underwent an evaluation in 2017/18. A series of recommendations are progressively being incorporated into the program by the Environmental Trust. More information on the evaluation is provided below.

Funding available

From 2019, the Environmental Education Program will be delivered through two funding tiers. Each tier is designed to fund projects with differing scales and complexities.

Funding Tier Total annual allocation for the 2019 round Funding amount per project Project timeframe



up to $60,000

2-3 years



from $60,001 to $250,000

3-5 years

For more information on the funding tiers and the types of activities and outcomes expected for each, please refer to the relevant Tier program guidelines below.

Who can apply?

  • Community organisations
  • Community groups
  • Incorporated associations
  • Incorporated non-profit organisations
  • Local councils
  • Local Land Services
  • NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Non-commercial cooperatives
  • Other local government-controlled organisations
  • Regional organisations of councils
  • Registered NSW Aboriginal Corporations
  • State government agencies and/or statutory committees
  • Universities

When can applications be made?

Applications for the 2019 round have now closed.

The program is now closed to applications.The guidelines below are for interest only.

This practical guide provides information for prospective applicants interested in applying to the Tier 2 funding stream.

Tier 1

All aspects of planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting (including expenditure) will be managed through the online Grants Management System. Instructions for using the Grants Management System are available through either:

Tier 2

Successful applicants under the 2019 Tier 2 Environmental Education Grants Program will establish project workplans to show the intended project outcomes, the activities to be undertaken, and processes for monitoring and evaluating progress. A workplan template and instructions will be provided to successful applicants in early 2020. The Trust's Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting officer and technical experts in the environmental education field are available to help complete workplans.

More information on planning and reporting can be found on the Trust's planning and reporting page.

The successful 2019 projects have now been announced. In the 2019 round, we:

  • received 65 Expressions of Interest to Tier 1
  • received 62 Expressions of Interest to Tier 2
  • invited 18 Tier 1 full applications
  • invited 11 Tier 2 full applications
  • awarded funding to 8 Tier 1 projects totalling $398,461
  • awarded funding to 4 Tier 2 projects totalling $934,149

2019 Education program project summaries

The Trust has all its contestable grants programs independently evaluated to assess their effectiveness.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – Institute for Public Policy & Governance and Institute for Sustainable Futures recently evaluated the Trust’s Environmental Education program. The evaluation examined how the program was delivered, and the projects it funded, from 2010–16.

UTS completed its work in April 2018 and then presented its final report (PDF 3.6MB). The Trust considered and accepted the report in October 2018.

The evaluation concluded that the program was well run and filled a critical niche in the Environmental Education space; however, it also recommended changes to:

  • program design, operating and policy context
  • program governance and customer experience

The Trust developed an administrative response (PDF 356KB) to address these issues.