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 projects under the 2021–22 round have now been announced. The program will reopen for applications in September 2022.


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.

Funding proposals are expected to incorporate the following elements:

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

Applications to the 2021–22 Environmental Education program were expected to address one or both of the following two immediate funding priorities from the NSW Environmental Trust Strategic Plan 2020–24:

  • addressing climate change impacts on the natural environment – both mitigation and adaptation
  • supporting threatened species recovery.

Further information on the NSW Environmental Trust Strategic Plan 2020-24 is available.

Funding available

Two funding tiers were available for Environmental Education projects in 2021–22.

Total allocation for the 2021–22 round Funding Tier Funding amount per project Project timeframe
$1,000,000 1 up to $60,000 2-3 years
2 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 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

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

2021–22 program guidelines

The following documents were provided to assist applicants in preparing applications:

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:

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

The successful 2021 projects have now been announced. In the 2021 round we:

  • received 32 applications to Tier 1
  • received 18 applications to Tier 2
  • awarded funding to 6 Tier 1 projects totalling $325,170
  • awarded funding to 3 Tier 2 projects totalling $652,933

2021 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

These recommendations are progressively being incorporated into the program by the Environmental Trust.

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