• Annemarie Taylor

Hawkesbury students with sustainability ideas can get grants up to $15,000 for their schools

The Sustainable Schools Grants program is open for 2021, encouraging students to develop innovative sustainability projects at their schools including ideas like kitchen gardens, water storage strategies, and even bee highways.

Schools in the Hawkesbury will be able to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to assist in developing innovative hands-on projects to make their school environment more sustainable.

This is the second round of open applications, aimed at assisting in developing students with hands-on projects.

The NSW Government is handing over $10 million over four years to support hands-on sustainability projects for NSW public schools.

The school projects funded by the grants must be interactive for students to assist in students learning about sustainability, linked to the curriculum, and improved the sustainability of the school environment.

These grants aim to inspire students and school communities to develop ideas and implement plans that will benefit the environment. Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said: “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.”

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

Students with sustainable ideas should talk to their Principals, who can apply for the grants through the Department of Education portal.

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