Growing Green Thumbs in Public Schools

Wednesday, 25 November 2020

The Sustainable Schools Grants program for 2021 is opening shortly. The program helps students develop innovative sustainability projects at their schools.

Schools in Davidson can apply for grants up to $15,000 to help develop innovative hands-on projects to make their school environment more sustainable. 

Jonathan O’Dea, Member for Davidson said he was excited to see the second round of applications open to help students develop hands-on projects. 

“The Sustainable Schools Grants is providing school students with the opportunity to learn about being sustainable with hands-on experience,” Mr O’Dea said. 

The NSW Government has committed $10 million over four years to support hands-on sustainability projects for our NSW public schools. The projects funded by the grants must be interactive, help students learn about sustainability, linked to the curriculum, and improve the sustainability of the school environment.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell expressed her excitement about round two, as she discussed innovative ways for schools to use the funding. 

“Last year we saw 194 school projects receiving the sustainability grant. These included a variety of kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, and even bee highways to improve biodiversity,” Ms Mitchell said. 

The second round of grant applications can be submitted until 5pm, 11 December, and the successful applicant will be notified in Term 1, 2021.