School sustainability grants

Environmental Grants for Schools

2022 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the five Randwick City schools who have received grant funding as part of the 2022 Environmental Grants for Schools program.

$25,000 in funding has been granted to progress a range of projects at the schools, including creating edible gardens, native plantings and native havens for local biodiversity. Creating outdoor nature-based teaching spaces, introducing plants in the school to connect the school community to Country, a soft-plastics recycling project and regenerating run-down areas of the school neglected during COVID-19, using recycled materials.

Each project creates environmental benefits to the school and the wider community. The programs empower students and teach them that they can make a difference at their school and in their own spheres of influence beyond the school gate.

The selected school projects each help protect the local environment and help slow down the impacts of climate change.

Environmental Grants for Schools funding is available to registered NSW schools in the Randwick City Council Local Government Area. Applicants must demonstrate that the projects will enhance environmental learnings within the school, is supported across the school community, and that the project is linked to the school curriculum.

The Environmental Grants for Schools program is funded by Randwick Council's Sustaining Our City environmental levy.

SCHOOLMax. Funding AmountPROJECT

Claremont College

$5,000

Create an edible garden, spread over two parts of the school and a native garden space in multiple locations around the school using native plants sourced from a local nursery.

The overall aim of the project is to build student and community engagement with the local environment and interest and excitement about plants.

Kensington Public School

$5,000

Create an outdoor teaching space and passive recreation area in a natural setting that achieves the environmental and social outcomes relevant to the local school community. The proposed Outdoor Wellbeing Hub includes a timber deck-style amphitheatre to accommodate a class of 30 students, cubby houses/quiet nooks, a raised deck with built-in sandpit and sunken net hammocks within the deck.

Maroubra Junction Public School

$3,000



$2,000

Project 1 Connect the school community to Country through planting and nurturing native plants in the school gardens, supporting the local ecosystem.


Project 2 Introduce a soft-plastics recycling program, including placing dedicated bins around the school and engaging a soft-plastics recycling company to collect the plastics on a regular basis as necessary.

Matraville Sports High School

$5,000

Native planting project to help the student Sustainability Committee utilise10 neglected pre-existing large empty garden areas on the other side of the school as a vehicle of environmental change.

The students will learn to slow down climate change by planting native drought tolerant and heat resistant plants to support diverse and beneficial insect habitats, use sustainable gardening methods and conserve water through practices such as plant selection, mulching, composting and maintaining soil health.

Randwick Public School

$5,000

Regenerate an area in the school grounds that is rundown so that children at Randwick Public School and those using Randwick before/after/vacation school care have increased space for outdoor nature play. By reusing existing materials, the project will demonstrate how green space can be re-created in a small urban environment through reuse of existing materials.

This space is used 50 weeks a year by the school and before/after vacation care. The project supports science and environmental education at the school.

School's rainwater tank funding application<h3><strong>Environmental Grants for Schools</strong></h3><h3><strong>Environmental Grants for Schools</strong></h3>BACKGROUND

Over the years of Council's environmental levy program, schools have been eligible for funding support for a variety of initiatives aimed at assisting the local school community achieve outcomes relevant to a range of environmental and socially important outcomes. These include growing their own food (supported with funding to install food gardens), saving water (supported with funding to install rainwater tanks), habitat protection and restoration (funding support for planting of native gardens) and cycling to school (funding support to install bike racks in the school). In addition, a number of schools have also installed native beehives with support from Council.

The Environmental Schools Grants Program aims to consolidate these various levels of environmental funding support from Council into a single environmental grants program for schools, with options of including initiatives identified by the school as environmental priorities and projects. A total amount of $30,000 funding is available. Eligible schools can apply for up to a maximum of $5,000.

The program is informed by Council’s newly adopted Environment Strategy outlining key outcomes that contribute to a climate resilient Randwick City.

2022 Application details

GUIDELINES 2022
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Randwick City's Environmental Schools Grants Program supports local school communities with grant funding up to a maximum of $5,000 for environmental projects and programs in the school.

The aim of the Environmental Schools Grants Program is to improve sustainability outcomes in local schools and support programs that foster sustainable behavioural changes.

Randwick’s school communities represent a diverse and potentially proactive group of students, teachers, parents and principals across our City. The small support Council can provide local schools goes a long way to extending the reach of Council’s environmental programs and in strengthening local environmental outcomes across the full range of environmental and sustainability issues facing our community.

Who can apply?

All schools located in the Randwick Local Government Area are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a registered NSW school and the project must be aligned with one or more of the program objectives (see section 7 of the Guidelines).

Funding available

Grants of up to $5,000 are available on a matching funds basis.

Enquiries All enquiries should be directed to: Helen Morrison – Sustainability Project Officer, Community Programs on 9093 6223 or email helen.morrison@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Last Updated: 3 November 2022
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