Food Gardens in Schools

Changes to the program in 2015

In 2015 the Food Gardens in Schools program will combine with the Eco Schools grants program to make it easier for schools to apply for funding.  In 2015, the combined program will:

  • Increase funding available for school environmental education projects
  • Provide greater opportunity for students with special needs by funding a broader range of environmental projects
  • Up to 80 grants of $3,500 each will be available under the Eco Schools program in 2015, of which any number can be Food Garden projects.  A further 18 grants of $3,500 each will be offered for projects catering for students with special needs. 

Further information will be available on the Eco Schools web page when the 2015 grants program opens for application in March 2015. 

As a stand-alone program between 2012 and 2014, the Food Gardens in Schools (FGIS) program provided grants to schools to deliver specific learning opportunities for students, teachers and other members of the school community about healthy sustainable living through growing and harvesting food in school gardens.

Funding for school food gardens will continue to be available through the revamped Eco Schools Program.

The term 'food garden' refers to gardens that grow edible crops such as fruit and vegetables.

Projects working with children with special needs

For the 2014/15 round, 18 grants were awarded to fund projects working primarily with students with special needs, including Special Purpose Schools, Special Assistance Schools and special needs support classes within schools. To see examples of how previous grantees have catered for students with special needs, see best practice examples, tips and resources.

Best practice examples, tips and resources

A collection of examples, tips and resources based on previous FGIS projects are now available to help you develop your project idea. Indicative costs are also available to provide an idea of how much your food garden may cost.

Example guidelines and application forms

All applications for funding must be submitted on the relevant application form for that program and for that year. The application form and program guidelines for the revamped Eco Schools Program will be available on its program webpage while the program is open for applications.

However, for the information of potential applicants, examples of FGIS application forms and program guidelines from previous years are available below:

2014 Application Guidelines

2014 Application Form

Frequently asked questions

The information on this page has been provided to assist you in preparing your application.

Grants awarded in 2014/15

A total of 108 applications were received for the Food Gardens in Schools Program in 2014. The Environmental Trust approved 50 applications totalling $175,000. Of these funded projects, 25 are for projects working with children with special needs.

A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2014 Food Gardens in Schools grant summaries page.

Reporting guidelines for existing grants

All existing FGIS grantees should use the Food Gardens in Schools reporting template for their final report.  It is recommended that all schools read the template prior to completing their application.  Further details and reporting templates are available on the Food Gardens program reporting page.

For further information please contact the Environmental Trust:

Page last updated: 21 January 2015