Funding Opportunities

Explore different funding opportunities, grants and competitions that can support your sustainability projects and goals.

School kitchen garden

Our newsletter is the most up-to-date source of grants and competitions currently open for NSW school communities. Click here for our most recent newsletter. 

Funding Support

NSW Department of Education Sustainable Schools Grants

The grant program is now closed. Between 2019 and 2023 all NSW public schools and preschools were able to apply for funding up to $15,000 for sustainability initiatives, with 690 schools delivery hands-on sustainability initiatives linked to the curriculum. 

Junior Landcare Grants 

Grants are available for projects that inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats. Find out more

Local Council Grants

Local councils often provide grants to schools in their area for specific projects, so don’t forget to check what is available from your council.

If you are not sure of your local council area you can do a local council search. You can also find out if your Council runs a local schools sustainability network. 

Schools Plus

Schools Plus is a national charity that raises funding for schools in disadvantaged communities. Schools eligible for support through Schools Plus have an ICSEA value below 1000. Funding is available through the Smart Giving Projects for a strategic project that will have a transformational impact on students. 

Science Week School Grants

Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), with funding assistance from the Australian Government, provides grants for school-initiated National Science Week activities. National Science Week School Grants rants are designed to support teachers and schools deliver engaging STEM events and activities that align with the National Science Week vision

Competitions and Awards are a great way to encourage students to get involved and. to celebrate their achievements. 

Our newsletter is the most up-to-date source of competitions and awards open for NSW schools. Click here for our most recent newsletter

Some annual competitions are listed below

  • NSW Environmental Education Awards: Celebrating the achievements of educations and environmental education programs in NSW. An annual awards supported by the Australian Association for Environmental Education. 
  • Mobile Muster Schools Challenge and Film Competition encouraging the community to reduce e-waste and recycle their mobile phones. 
  • NSW Government Sustainability Awards: NSW Youth as Changemakers Award & Minister’s Young Climate Champion Award, delivered in partnership with the Banksia Foundation. Note there is an entry fee applicable.
  • SCINEMA Junior For students who love science and have an interest in filmmaking.
  • Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize: Video competition for primary and secondary students with a passion for science and communicating ideas..
  • Wild at Art: Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition encourages children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals.
  • Writing for the Environment: An natioanal annual writing program in honour of the founder of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, Bob Walshe
  • Zayed Sustainability Prize a prestigious global award based in the United Arab Emirates recognises achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions across five distinct categories: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. Sign up for the newsletter to receive the latest updates for the 2021 submission phase.