We’re empowering students and schools to make their learning environments more sustainable.
School Infrastructure NSW’s Sustainable Schools Grants is a four-year, $10 million dollar program that gives schools the opportunity to develop innovative hands-on projects that help students learn about environmentally sustainable practices and take real steps to enhance the sustainability of their school environment.
All NSW public shools and preschools are eligible to apply for funding up to $15,000, to deliver hands on, sustainability focused projects that link to the NSW curriculum.
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Sustainable School Grants.
View the list of 194 recipients at the 'Grants recipients' tab above.
We can’t wait to see these wonderful ideas become reality and enhance the sustainability of their school environment.
These public schools across NSW received awards ranging from $1,100 - $15,000 for innovative sustainability projects including kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, bee highways to improve biodiversity and more!
We’ll tell you more about the projects as they come to life.
The second round of applications will be open in November 2020.
Eligible projects must:
- Involve hands-on activities for students to learn about sustainability, including but not limited to:
- saving energy or water
- planting trees and establishing food gardens
- improving biodiversity
- improving indoor comfort and air quality
- increasing opportunities to ride and walk to school
- encouraging waste avoidance and recycling.
- Demonstrate links to the NSW curriculum.
- Deliver improvement/s to the sustainability of the school environment.
More project ideas can be found via NSW Department of Education’s learning across the curriculum and via NSW Sustainable Schools’ inspiring school stories.
|School name||Project name||Project category|
|Albion Park Rail Public School||Waste Warriors at The Rail||Waste, Kitchen garden|
|Alstonville High School||Yalgan Bahna Garden||Indigenous food garden|
|Armidale Secondary College||Clean slate mate- let's revegetate.||Kitchen garden|
|Artarmon Public School||The Green Team and Outdoor Classroom Initiative.||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Attunga Public School||Attunga Public School Water Sustainability Project||Water, kitchen garden|
|Auburn North Public School||Auburn North Sustainability Project||Waste and kitchen garden|
|Bangalow Public School||Waste Not!||Waste, Kitchen garden|
|Bankstown West Public School||Plant, harvest, plate!||Kitchen garden, water|
|Baradine Central School||Kitchen garden drought sustainability||Kitchen garden, water and resilience|
|Barham High School||BEESUSTAINABLE!||Biodiversity|
|Beauty Point Public School||Native Flora and Fauna Project||Biodiversity|
|Beckom Public School||Kids in the Kitchen and Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Bedgerabong Public School||Water Wise Wicking Beds||Kitchen garden|
|Bellingen High School||Ngiyambandi yamaan – “Our creek”||Biodiversity, Indigenous|
|Bellingen Public School||Nature’s playground for learning||Kitchen garden, water|
|Belltrees Public School||Micro-garden and sustainability project||Kitchen garden|
|Belmore Boys High School||Extending Belmore's Biodiversity||Biodiversity|
|Belrose Public School||Waste Reduction Campaign||Waste|
|Bemboka Public School||School Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Bennett Road Public School||Sustainable Community and Garden||Kitchen garden, integrated sustainability|
|Bert Oldfield Public School||BOPS Bush Tucker Base||Bush tucker|
|Bexhill Public School||Bush Tucker Garden||Bush tucker, biodiversity|
|Blacktown Girls High School||School Kitchen Garden||Water|
|Blacktown West Public School||Sustainable Grass and Healthy Students||Water, kitchen garden|
|Blakehurst High School||Landcare and Biodiversity Project||Kitchen garden, water|
|Blue Haven Public School||Harvesting Blue Haven||Kitchen garden|
|Bondi Public School||The Wicking and Pumping Project.||Water, kitchen gardens,|
|Bonnet Bay Public School||Bee Plus!||Biodiversity|
|Boorowa Central School||Precious Water Project||Water|
|Brewongle Environmental Education Centre||Compost for tucker!||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Broderick Gillawarna School||Green Heroes (GH)||Kitchen garden|
|Bulli High School||Bulli High School Sustainable Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Bundeena Public School||The Life Lab Garden Classroom||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Burwood Girls High School||Burwood Girls War on Waste||Waste|
|Byron Bay High School||Positive Change for Byron High||Integrated sustainability, water, waste, biodiversity, Indigenous|
|Byron Bay Public School||Our Edible Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Cambridge Park High School||Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Camden Park EEC||Closed Loop System of Sustainable Agriculture||Aquaponics|
|Camden Public School NSW||Goanna Growing||Indigenous, biodiversity|
|Canterbury Public School||Green Thumbs Garden Teaching Program||Kitchen garden|
|Caves Beach Public School||The habitat's return||Biodiversity|
|Chifley Public School||Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Chullora Public School||Chullora's Community Eco Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Clairgate Public School||Clairgate Gardening Club||Kitchen garden|
|Clare Public School||Vegetable Garden and Fruit Trees||Kitchen garden|
|Cobar High School||Water Wise Gardens||Water, Kitchen garden|
|Coffs Harbour High School||Miindal Mirraral (Learning Space)||Indigenous, Biodiversity|
|Coomealla High School||Coomy Water Wise Farm||Water, kitchen garden|
|Coonabarabran Public School||The Living Classroom||Kitchen garden, Indigenous|
|Corrimal Public School||Bush Food: Garden, Table and Future||Indigenous Kitchen garden|
|Crossmaglen Public School||Wicking Our Gardens into Shape||Kitchen garden, water|
|Curlewis Public School||Bush Tucker and Native Plants Garden||Bush tucker|
|Currans Hill Public School||Sustain A School||Water, Waste, Kitchen Garden|
|Daceyville Public School||Learning from locals - Feeding our Community||Kitchen garden|
|Davidson High School||Recycling revitalisation||Waste, Litter, Kitchen garden|
|Delungra Public School||Koala Rescue||Biodiversity,|
|Dudley Public School||Dudley Recycles Right||Waste|
|Dulwich Hill Public School||Goolay'yari||Bush tucker|
|Dundurrabin Public School||Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Food @ Dundurrabin||Integrated sustainability,|
|Dungog High School||Plastic, not so Fantastic.||Waste|
|Dungowan Public School||Dungowan Diggers club||Kitchen garden|
|Dunoon Public School||Sustainability & Wellbeing: Garden Inquiry Learning||Kitchen garden|
|Duri Public School||Recycling & Water tank||Waste and water|
|East Hills Girls Technology High||Project Cumberland Plain||Biodiversity|
|Eden Public School||Waste and Water Re-user Gangbusters||Water, waste|
|Ellalong Public School||Reduce - Reuse - Recycle||Water, waste, kitchen garden|
|Enfield Public School||Community Garden Upgrade||Kitchen garden|
|Epping West Public School||Sustainability Garden||Kitchen garden, Indigenous|
|Erskine Park High School||Planet Protectors Waste Minimisation||Waste|
|Evans River K-12 Community School||Evans River Eco Warriors||Integrated|
|Fairfield West Public School||Rethink waste||Waste|
|Fassifern Public School||UMULLIKO PROJECT (meaning to create, do, make)||Kitchen garden, Indigenous|
|Floraville Public School||Waking Up To Waste||Waste|
|Georges River College Peakhurst Campus||Project Watergate||Waste|
|Georges River EEC||Georges River EEC B&B Highway Community Garden||Biodiversity|
|Glebe Public School||Djurali Nura (growing place in Gadigal language)||Integrated sustainability|
|Glendale East Public School||GEPS Sustainable Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Glendenning Public School||The Pecking Grounds||Kitchen garden|
|Glenroi Heights Public School||Going Green at Glenroi||Waste, water|
|Gloucester High School||Drought Management Permaculture Project||Kitchen garden|
|Gorokan High School||Heading for a sustainable future!||Waste, kitchen garden|
|Grahamstown Public School||Nature World||Biodiversity|
|Gulargambone Central School||G.C.S Market Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Gundagai High School||Agriculture and Waterwise||Water|
|Gundaroo Public School||Mrs D's Nature Garden||Biodiversity, Kitchen garden|
|Gymea Technology High School||Sustainable Propagation Project||Biodiversity, Kitchen garden|
|Hastings Secondary College, Port Campus||Burrawan Farm Happy Chooks.||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Hay War Memorial High School||Growing Minds||Kitchen garden, water|
|Helensburgh Public School||Destination Pollination||Biodiversity|
|Hilltop Road Public School||Warriors on Waste||Waste|
|Hobartville Public School||Waste Not, Want Not||Kitchen garden, Indigenous|
|Holsworthy High School||Holsworthy Garden Learning Centre||Waste|
|Hornsby Heights Public School||Project: Waste Not, Want Not||Integrated sustainability|
|Howlong Public School||Being Waterwise at Howlong Public School||Biodiversity, water|
|Humula Public School||Native Waterwise Garden||Biodiversity|
|Illawong Public School||From Pump to Produce to Plate||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Inverell Public School||IPS Waste Warriors||Kitchen garden, waste|
|John Warby Public School||Warby Water Warriors||Water|
|Kangaloon Public School||Bush Tucker Garden||Bush tucker garden,|
|Katoomba High school||Under the fence||Waste, litter|
|Kincumber Public School||School Bloom||Kitchen garden|
|Kogarah High School||Sustainable Schools Grant||Waste|
|Krambach Public School||Sensory Garden||Sensory garden|
|Lake Cargelligo Central School||Ag into the 21st Century||Kitchen garden|
|Lansvale Public School||Lansvale Public School Sustainability Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Leeton High School||Hands on Learning Sustainability Project||Biodiversity, Water, WSUD|
|Leichhardt Public School||Leichhardt Sustainable Futures||Integrated sustainability, Biodiversity|
|Leonay Public School||LPS Sustainability Hub||Kitchen garden|
|Lewisham Public School||Lewisham Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Lindfield Learning Village||LLV Sustainable Garden||Integrated sustainability|
|Lindsay Park Public School||Growing Green Thumbs in the Lindsay Park Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Llandilo Public School||Llandilo Legend's Sustainability Project||Kitchen garden|
|Longneck Lagoon Environmental Ed Centre||Biodiversity Blitz||Biodiversity|
|Lowanna Public School||Community Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Lugarno Public School||LPS Compost Crew||Waste, Kitchen garden|
|Lyndhurst Public School||Small school = big difference!||Waste|
|Lynwood Park Public School||Lynwood Park Biodiversity: Bugs, Birds and Bush||Biodiversity, water|
|Macarthur Girls High School||MGHS Community Garden and Sustainable Products||Kitchen garden, waste, sustainable design|
|Maitland High School||Watching the Weather||Climate|
|Maitland Public School||Waste Warriors||Waste|
|Malabar Public School||Let It Grow||Kitchen garden|
|Marrickville West Public School||Earth Stewards of MWPS||Kitchen garden, water|
|Mayrung Public School||Paddock to Plate||Kitchen garden|
|Merrylands High School||Recycling: It's not a waste of time.||Waste|
|Michelago Public School||Eco Sustainability @ MPS 2020||Waste, Water, Kitchen garden|
|Middle Harbour Public School||Middle Harbour Hive of Activity||Biodiversity|
|Moorefield Girls High School||MGHS Outdoor Sustainability Classroom||Kitchen garden|
|Morgan Street Public School||Green Morgies||Waste|
|Mosman Public School||Mother Nature's nurturers||Integrated, active transport|
|Moulamein Public School||Beans, Bees and Biodiversity||Biodiversity|
|Mount Hunter Public School||Kitchen and bush-tucker garden 'Makeover!'||Water, kitchen garden|
|Mount Ousley Public School||M.O.P.S Food Forest for a Sustainable Future||Food forest, biodiversity, waste|
|Mullumbimby High School||Whole-school sustainability initiative||Waste, integrated sustainability|
|Nana Glen Public School||Learning through Yarning||Indigenous, biodiversity|
|Narara Valley High School||FOR THE FUTURE||Indigenous|
|Nashdale Public School||Refuse the refuse - Nurturing Nashdale||Waste|
|NBSC - Manly Campus||Enhancing School Biodiversity||Biodiversity, water|
|Nords Wharf Public School||Produce, reduce, recycle.||Waste|
|North Sydney Boys High School||The Learning and Wellbeing Gardens of NSB||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Nundle Public School||Drought-busting Garden and Outdoor Learning Space||Kitchen garden|
|Nyngan High School||Aquaponics||Kitchen garden|
|Oakhill Drive PS||ODPS Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Observatory Hill EEC||Port Jackson Pollinator Project||Biodiversity|
|Oran Park High School||OPHS Sustainability Plan||Waste, kitchen garden, Indigenous|
|Orange High School||Orange High School Water Sustainability||Water|
|Penrith Public School||2020 Kitchen Garden Program||Kitchen garden|
|Petersham Public School||Recycling Depot||Waste|
|Pittwater High School||Sustainable water use in agriculture - Aquaponics||Water, aquaponics|
|Point Clare Public School||Food for Thought||Kitchen garden, water|
|Primbee Public School||Holistic Garden Program||Kitchen garden|
|Richmond Agricultural College||No Bees No Future||Biodiversity, Project based learning|
|Raglan Public School||Out there: active, outdoor, creative, fun!||Biodiversity,|
|Randwick Girls High School||Indigenous Edible Garden||Indigenous edible garden|
|Rankin's Springs Public School||Drought resistant, bird attracting garden||Biodiversity|
|Raymond Terrace Public School||RTPS Aquaponics Garden||Aquaponics|
|Riverbank Public School||Riverbank P.S.: Responsible, Sustainable, Global.||kitchen garden|
|Riverside Girls High School||Connecting to Country||Bush tucker|
|Rowland Hassall School||Healthy School, Healthy world||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Rozelle Public School & Preschool||Nature Play||Biodiversity, nature play|
|Ruse Public School||Catchment of rainwater for our farm yard||Water|
|Savernake Public School||Savernake's Kitchen Garden - From Bed to Bowl||Kitchen garden|
|Scarborough Public School||Kitchen Garden by the Sea||Kitchen garden|
|Schofields Public School||SPS Outdoor Learning Environment||Sustainable design and engineering|
|Shellharbour Public School||Yerrowah Garden (Meeting Place)||Kitchen garden|
|South Grafton High School||SGHS Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|St Ives High School||Vertical Self-Watering Garden and Bee Habitat||Water, biodiversity|
|St Marys Senior High School||SMSHS Tree plantation Food Gardens Nesting boxes||Kitchen garden|
|Strathfield North Public School||Native garden and learning space||Integrated sustainability|
|Stuart Town Public School||Sustainable Eggstravaganza||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Sydney Secondary College Balmain||Aquaponics System||Vertical garden|
|Tangara School||Kitchen Garden||Kitchen garden|
|Tempe High School||Water Harvest project||Water|
|The Hills SSP||The Hills School 'Connect Nurture Grow'||Kitchen garden, biodiversity, waste|
|The Junction Public School||Reduce, Reuse, Recycle @The Junction PS||Waste|
|Thirlmere Public School||Outdoor Garden Classroom||Kitchen garden|
|Thornleigh West Public School||TWPS eco friendly||Integrated sustainability|
|Thornton Public School||Tyre Orchard and vegetable garden||Kitchen garden, waste|
|TLSC Tumbi Umbi Campus||Envirofy Tumbi||Waste and kitchen garden|
|Truscott Street Public School||Recycle Right||Waste|
|Tumut High School||Wellbeing Hub - Sustainable Landscaping||Indigenous|
|Ulladulla High School||Ngumbudhaa-bagan (Love Earth)||Waste, Indigenous|
|Uralla Central School||Upcycling for Agriculture||Waste / Circular Economy, Innovation|
|Victoria Avenue Public School||A Walk in the Park||Indigenous, biodiversity|
|Waitara Public School||Waitara Eco Community Garden||Kitchen garden, waste|
|Wallsend South Public School||From Playground to Plate||Kitchen garden|
|Warners Bay High School||Eco warriors Fighting Waste at WBHS||Waste|
|West Pymble Public School||Beleaf in us||Water, Kitchen garden|
|West Ryde Public School||The WRPS ECOLegacy||Waste|
|Wetlands Environmental Education Centre||Callaghan Sustainable Schools Project||EEC Sustainability Capacity Building|
|Whitton Murrami Public School||Sustainability Superheroes Gala Day||Water Sustainability|
|Windang Public School||Wipe Out Waste & Garden 2 Plate Sustainability||Kitchen garden, Waste|
|Windellama Public School||Canteen Garden||Water, Kitchen garden|
|Wolumla Public School||WATSUP [We Are Targeting Single Use Plastic]||Waste|
|Yawarra Community School||Dust-bowl to Dinner Plate||Kitchen garden, water|
How do I apply for the Sustainable Schools Grants?
The first round of Sustainable School Grants is now closed.
Applications for the next round of Sustainable School Grants will open on 2 November 2020 and close at 5pm on Friday 27 November 2020.
A link to the application form can be found on the School Infrastructure NSW intranet. You will receive confirmation via email that your application has been received.
Where can I find guidelines to apply for Sustainable School Grants?
Who is eligible to apply for the Sustainable Schools Grants?
All 2,200+ NSW public schools and 99 NSW Department of Education preschools are eligible to apply.
Non-government schools and preschools not owned and operated by the NSW Department of Education are ineligible to apply.
How much can my school or preschool apply for?
All schools and preschools can apply for up to $15,000 for their school sustainability projects.
There is no minimum funding and schools are encouraged to maximise their applications because they can only receive funding once.
How much funding is available for the Sustainable Schools Grants?
Over the four year program, $2.4 million has been allocated each year to eligible projects.
How will project funding be allocated to applicants?
Applications will first be assessed by Department of Education Officers against the Sustainable School Grants’ Guidelines, available on the intranet. To fairly distribute funding across the diverse range of projects, eligible projects will then be drawn from a lottery until that year’s funding has been exhausted.
Can my school or preschool apply more than once for funding?
Schools that miss out on a grant in the first year are eligible to apply for subsequent rounds of funding in future years.
Schools and preschools can only submit one application in each round of grant funding and can only receive one Sustainable Schools Grant over the four year program.
When will my school or preschool be informed if they are successful in receiving the grant?
The recipients of the Sustainable School Grants for 2020 have been announced.
View the list at the 'Grants recipients' tab at the top of the page.