Grants Available for Schools
These lists are not exhaustive, they have been provided for your information only. NRM Education does not specifically endorse any of the grants listed here.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, is offering grants for groups and organisations to deliver small scale projects that support safer, greener and more active travel choices. Projects can focus on improving road safety, getting people cycling, walking or catching public transport, replacing car journeys with technology, doing things locally, or using the car smarter.
NOW OPEN. Applications Close 20 September 2013.
NAB Schools First provides Impact Awards to schools with a completed school project, whilst also providing Seed Funding to schools with proposed projects.
In both cases the school must demonstrate;
• the project addresses an identified need/opportunity
• a plan is being developed with each partner contributing to the plan
• a well-organised program will be implemented
• students will benefit from the program
• the partnership will become part of the culture and planning activities of each partner.
Applications open March 5 - June 28 2013
• Is there some aspect of your school that you’d like to see changed?
• Is there an opportunity to help students in your school someway?
• Is there a problem in the community that the school could help resolve?
The Application Form allows up to two students to jointly submit an application. Of course you can submit an application on your own, but if you and a friend (or a group of friends) have come up with the idea together, a maximum of two students can jointly submit the application on behalf of the group. If the application is successful, the two students who submitted the application will be eligible for the Award.
Applications open March 5 - June 30 2013.
Past successful applicants for NRM Action grants (formerly NRM Achiever grants) include schools, kindergartens and pre-schools. This grant provides up to $5000 and is one to keep your eye out for. NRM Education has an email service that can keep you up to date, click here to sign up. More information will be available on the NRM Board website.
Applications open June 28 - August 9 2013.
The State NRM Program Community Grants scheme provides funding to support community groups and schools carry out local land care, coast care and water care projects. Funding will be provided for a range of NRM activities such as sustainable land management, weed control, native plant revegetation, soil protection, fencing watercourses, and habitat protection for native animals. Small grants up to $10,000 and medium grants between $10,000 and $30,000 are available.
Applications open April 12 - May 17 2013.
Previously known as the Zero Waste SA Social Enterprise Grant, this has been expanded to include schools. Community-based organisations and schools play an important part in the collection of materials for recycling or re-use. Charities, community groups, service clubs, and not for profit organisations involved in the recovery or recycling of re-usable resources can apply. Schools that have attended workshops for Zero Waste SA’s Wipe Out Waste program are also eligible. A maximum of $15,000 per project and a total of $120,000 was previously available for 2009-10.
Grow a Great School Funding provides up to $1,000 to schools in and around the Adelaide Metropolitan Area to assist in the establishment of local native gardens and outdoor classrooms. Technical support and educational resources are also available to help with garden establishment and to assist in linking garden projects to the curriculum.
For schools interested in creating a habitat garden or rediscovering the bushland that once grew in their school yard, the Urban Biodiversity Unit from the Department of Environment & Natural Resources is well worth checking out. Their Backyards for Wildlife site is a goldmine of valuable information including native plant lists for each suburb.
Coles Junior Landcare School Garden Grant up to $1,000. Schools and youth groups can apply for grants of up to $1000 (ex GST) to create gardens in their school or community such as bush tucker gardens, waterwise gardens or food gardens. All schools, kindergartens, daycare centers, and youth groups (i.e. Scouts) are eligible to apply for a Junior Landcare Grant.Funding available in three rounds. Applications open November 1 2013 - August 2 2014.
Green Schools Connect is a partnership between Conservation Volunteers Australia and the
Vodafone Australia Foundation to help make environment projects in schools a reality.
Green Schools Connect has been helping to educate and inspire young Australians about the environment since 2005. This may be creating a native bush foods garden, demonstrating to students how to monitor the frog population in your school yard or cleaning up a creek line adjacent to the school.
Children around the country are getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food. Kitchen Garden Schools flourish in all types of communities, climates and settings. Each school brings the wide-ranging benefits of pleasurable food education to its students and surrounding families.
In August 2012 the Australian Government announced further funding to make the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program more affordable, accessible and flexible to Australian primary schools. All Australian schools with a primary enrolment or curriculum are eligible, including Government and non-Government schools. Schools that meet certain criteria for disadvantage will be able to apply for grants of up to $11,000 (inc. GST) to help with the establishment of kitchen and garden infrastructure and to offset teacher training costs. The majority of schools will not receive government funding, but will receive subsidised teacher training and resource materials to deliver the Program.
Applications open September 4 2012 - February 2014.
Australia's Open Garden Scheme is a self-funding, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the knowledge and pleasure of gardens and gardening to all Australians. The Scheme is committed to encouraging gardening and improving our environment. One of the ways we achieve this is by funding community-based garden projects. The Scheme's commitment to the gardeners of the future is aptly demonstrated by the substantial number of school gardens which have received funding, encouraging tomorrow's gardeners. An announcement regarding the availability of grants for community projects will be made in December 2011.
The Pooh Bah Foundation is a new organisation that has been developed by Neutrog to provide assistance to community based parks & gardens and garden related clubs & societies throughout Australia through the supply of free or discounted fertilisers.
Applications open all year round.