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Grants available for schools and school communities

A number of government, corporate and not-for-profit organisations offer grants to support environmental projects in schools or involving school communities. Grants range from a few hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars and are often linked with projects designed to address specific environmental goals, or for projects involving students in particular year levels or locations.

Information on a range of grants currently on offer is provided below.

State and national grant programs

Coles Junior Landcare School Garden Grants External Link
Annual grants program providing funding up to $1100 for activities such as bush tucker gardens, vegetable gardens, composting and green waste recycling, waterwise and carbon gardening activities, and for the purchase of children's gardening equipment up to $500.
Closing date: Quarterly with funding rounds in March, May, August, October

Yates Environmental Management Planning Grants External Link
Annual grants program providing funding up to $1100 to assist in the development of School Environmental Management Plans (SEMPs) or to implement actions identified in SEMPs.
Closing date: Quarterly with funding rounds in March, May, August, October

BP Australia Grants for Schools program External Link
Provides funding up to $2500 to strengthen links between schools and industry. Provides an opportunity for schools to initiate or continue projects that add value to the school, the community and business environments. The project must fit with one of the following themes: science and technology; environmental issues; energy or engineering.
Closing date: Usually closes in April

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden projects External Link
Grants of up to $60 000 available for Queensland state primary schools to fund the development of a vegetable garden and home-style kitchen. Schools need to be able to fund a part-time garden specialist and a part-time kitchen specialist to support the project.
Closing date: Round 2 dates to be announced

NRMA Community Grants External Link
Includes an Environment Grants Category which provides grants for programs that raise awareness, or promote actions to reduce climate change. Grants range between $500 and $5000.
Closing date: Closes during first half of the year

Australia's Open Garden Scheme External Link
In 2009, a total of $10 000 was available in Queensland through Australia's Open Garden Scheme. Schools must demonstrate student involvement in the project.
Closing date: 2010 grants will be announced in late May 2010. Applications will close late July

National Australia Bank Schools First Awards External Link
Awards for school-community partnerships that can demonstrate improved educational outcomes. Awards range from $25 000 to $100 000.
Closing date: Applications open in June and close in July

Grant programs that organisations that support your school may be able to apply for:

Department of Communities National Youth Week Grants External Link
The purpose of the Youth Week Grants is to celebrate young people's views, ideas and creativity and promote a positive image of young people in the broader community. Grants totalling $70 000 are available to community organisations and networks, young people's groups and local government authorities in Queensland. One or more youth events may be hosted per departmental region. Successful applicants must ensure that the substantial elements of the project are completed within Youth Week - Saturday 10 April to Sunday 18 April 2010.
Closing date: To be confirmed

Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund External Link
The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund's Community Grants Program supports youth and children's charities. This year, a total of 66 local community groups and charities around Australia have been awarded grants of up to $10 000 each.
Closing date: Usually close in July

Region-specific grants programs

Brisbane City Council area:

Brisbane City Council's Free Plants program External Link
Provides up to 50 plants for schools. Schools need to provide Council with details of their school planting project.
Closing date: Written application any time

Brisbane City Council Community Grants External Link (available to P&C Associations)
Provide funding for local non-profit community groups to improve and develop services in Brisbane. Two funding rounds are held each year, with grants ranging from $2000 to $50 000 to contribute towards: developing and improving facilities for community use; encouraging physical activity; responding to local and city-wide community issues; fostering an understanding of Brisbane's history and cultural heritage; promoting creativity, culture or the arts; or developing the capacity of local community groups to deliver services.
Closing date: Round 2 - opened 11 January and closes 1 March 2010

The Brisbane Lord Mayor's Sustainability Grants External Link (available to P&C Associations)
Provide funding between $2000 and $50 000 to local non-profit organisations seeking to increase the environmental sustainability of existing community facilities, through water and energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction. Eligible projects include: rainwater tanks, solar photovoltaic panels, solar hot water systems, heat pump hot water systems or heat exchanges, insulation purchase and installation.
Closing date: Round 2 - opened 11 January and closes 15 March 2010

Brisbane City Council Environmental Grants External Link (available to P&C Associations)
Provide funding to community-based groups or organisations that address local or city-wide community environmental issues. The majority of grants range between $600 and $6000.
Closing date: Round 2 - opened 11 January and closes 15 February 2010

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