Council offers primary schools and pre-schools within the Bathurst Region grants of up to $400 to undertake sustainability or environmental projects that involve and teach students about these subjects. The program is offered every year, subject to funding.
The next round of grant funding will open in March 2020. If you are inspired to start now, you can download your Sustainable Schools Grant Program application form here
For more information please contact Council's Environmental Section on (02) 6333 6511.
Sustainable Schools NSW - A Curriculum focused resource hub for environmental education
Sustainable schools NSW aims to connect environmental educators with relevant resources, interactive lessons and a like-minded community to help spread the important message of sustainability to future generations. Sustainable Schools is managed by the Australian Association for Environmental Education NSW.
To find out more about this program go to:
In 2019, 13 school projects were funded under the program. 2019 has seen Bathurst experience level 3 and 4 water restrictions for the first time in a generation. Many of our grants were focused on establishing new gardens or refreshing existing ones. Council worked with all the grantees to adapt their projects to be suitable for drought conditions, which saw some great creative solutions emerging.
To see the 2019 newsletter, click here.
2018 saw a whole bunch of exciting and creative projects happening all over the Bathurst region. Many of them focussed on school gardens and getting students outdoors.
To see the 2018 newsletter, click here.
The 2017 program was another busy year with all the participating schools and centres getting busy in the outdoors.
To see them all in action and see some great photos of their projects click here.
The successful projects in 2016 included a strong focus on native and edible gardens.
To view the August 2016 Newsletter click here.
To view the December 2016 Newsletter click here.
Council funded 16 new projects, providing $400 to each centre/school.
Additional projects were funded in 2015 instead of awarding an eco-prize pack.
To view the July 2015 Newsletter click here
To view the December 2015 Newsletter click here
Council funded 12 great projects, providing $400 to each centre/ school for their fantastic project.
To view the July 2014 Newsletter click here
To view the November 2014 Newsletter click here
In 2013, the program changed and 11 schools and centres were offered $400 with the chance to win a $1000 Eco-prize pack.
A summary of the projects can be found in the following newsletters
To view the July 2013 Newsletter click here
To view the November 2013 Newsletter click here