School sustainability grants

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2022 Grants Open - 1 August (Term 3)

2021 Grant Recipients

Ten Randwick City schools have received grant funding as part of the Environmental Grants for Schools program.

$30,000 in funding has been granted in the 2021 round of funding to progress a range of projects at the schools, including creating bird and wildlife sanctuaries, expanding rainwater catchment capabilities, installing accessible garden beds for gardening club programs, upgrading existing key garden structures, building a green house, building compost bays and creating composting programs, creating a Yarn Circle and Acknowledgement of Country and growing existing school food and sensory gardens.

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.




Coogee Public School


Creating a bird sanctuary through a sustainably designed garden with native plants to provide habitat for native birds.

Emanuel School


Expanding the school’s rainwater catchment capabilities by installing rain water tanks and additional drip irrigation systems for new sustainable vegetable garden beds.

Kensington Public School


Installing six accessible garden beds: plus plants, seeds and soil to support the schools Gardening Club program.

La Perouse Public School


Updating the schools existing chicken structure and garden bed irrigation system.

Malabar Public School


Creating a native safe haven for local wildlife suffering from habitat loss through the schools Building Biodiversity Project.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Primary School


Supporting building a green house/ glass house with-in the school grounds, with associated watering system to propagate plants, cuttings and seeds; to grow vegetables and flowers that will be planted in the school’s garden beds.

Randwick Girls High School


Building five compost bays, have collection bins available for organic matter, and create an edible garden.

South Coogee Public School


Growing the schools sensory and food garden, to build the students hands-on experience regarding sustainability and the effect it has on the environment.

South Sydney High School


Creating a Yarn Circle and Acknowledgement of Country together with indigenous flower boxes and gardens surrounding the Yarn Circle. The plants will be QR coded providing information about the plants. Native plants sourced from a local specialist Indigenous plant nursery in La Perouse.

St Mary St Joseph Catholic Primary School Maroubra


School’s garden and composting program. The project gathers green waste and reuses/recycles the matter to enhance the current gardens and assist in the creation of an edible garden.

Application details

GUIDELINES 2021 PDF, 193.75 KB

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.

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 bee hives 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.

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

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