Eco Schools grants

The grants awarded under the 2018 round of the Eco Schools Program have been announced.

A total of 199 applications were received for the Eco Schools program in 2018. The Environmental Trust approved 86 applications totalling $301,000, which includes projects working with children with special needs. A list of successful projects and project summaries is available on the 2018 Eco Schools grant summaries page.

The Eco Schools Program is now closed to applications and will reopen in 2019.


To fund environmental management projects that assist schools with 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

Eighty individual grants of $3500, with a total of $280,000 available to schools.

Who can apply?

All registered schools in NSW are eligible to apply. Projects working primarily with students with special needs are encouraged.


The program will fund environmental management projects aimed at achieving 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 management 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.


The reporting templates for Eco Schools grantees are provided below.

TIP: Photographs are a great way of showcasing your projects and achievements. We recommend including them as part of your report.

Progress Report Form   Communicates your project’s progress.
Final Report Form Communicates the final outcomes of your project.
Project Measures Captures quantitative data at the beginning and end of your project.
Financial Report Form
(2015 onwards)

A financial report is required your final report. Here is an example of how to complete your financial report: Eco Schools Financial Report example

If your project was awarded before 2015, please use the Pre-2015 financial reporting form

Statutory Declaration Certifies that the details you have provided in your Final Report and Financial Report forms are correct. Once completed this form must be printed and hand-signed.

Example guidelines and application forms

Page last updated: 13 November 2018