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When a company or individual pays a fine to the Environment Protection Agency, this money is pooled to fund environmental projects that enable the affected community to have a greater connection to their local environment. The total pool of funding on offer will vary each year, as funding is contingent upon the successful prosecution of pollution incidents, and at the discretion of the court.

Funding supports projects that enhance the environment in a public space or undertake environmental activities for the benefit of the community.    

For more information on the types of projects they may fund and how to apply go to: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/programs/inspiring-environmental-solutions 




From grass roots causes to local sporting clubs, schools and hospitals, Bunnings provides a wide range of support to a cross section of local community groups. They do this in many different ways including their sausage sizzles, cake stalls, hands-on D.I.Y project assistance, product donations, garden makeovers and more.

Sustainability is an important part of who they are and are committed to educating the community about how small actions can make a big difference. One of the ways they do this is through their Schools Sustainability Program, which includes activities with local schools, store visits, schoolyard makeovers and D.I.Y workshops.

For more information go to: https://www.bunnings.com.au/about-us/in-our-community




Community Enterprise Foundation™ aims to bring together people who care about their communities and make it easier and more efficient for them to make contributions that achieve positive local outcomes. A single foundation, capable of being the gifting structure for hundreds of communities and causes, makes this Foundation’s structure unique and highly effective.
As the philanthropic arm of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Group, the Foundation has worked closely with Bendigo Bank’s network of community and charitable partners since its inception in 2005.
The Foundation collects donations and contributions in a tax-effective way from individuals, businesses and governments. It also offers communities with an opportunity to build their own pool of funds to be reinvested back into the community as they see fit.

For more information, go to: https://cia.communityenterprisefoundation.com.au/info/applyforfunding/


ABC Splash is asking students to use their STEAM skills to create solutions to Australia’s waste problems!

Students need to identify and research one waste problem identified in ABC TV’s War on Waste and come up with a 90-second pitch for a solution that has been designed using STEAM thinking (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths).

For more information go to: http://splash.abc.net.au/home#!/competition/2576886/war-on-waste-competition

Entries open: 9am, 17 July 2017
Entries close: 5pm, 1 September 2017


In 2017 KAB are launching our second Foundation for Environmental Education program, Young Reporters for the Environment. This program engages students aged 11-21 in local environmental sustainability issues with a 4 step methodology:

  • Investigate a local environmental problem or issue
  • Research a Solution
  • Report with an article, photo(s) or video
  • Disseminate to a local audience

 Students report on their chosen issue and its proposed solution using their chosen medium – written article, photo(s) or video – and submit their work into a national competition where they have a chance to win prizes. The winning entries will go on to be submitted for the 2018 International YRE competition.

 To kick start the program in Australia we have 10 x $500 grants on offer for high schools to implement a community action day to share their hard work and findings with their community.

 Some points:

  • Unlike Eco-Schools there is no requirement to register to an ongoing program or any costs involved
  • While we are ideally seeking interest from high schools, EOIs from upper primary schools (i.e. students 11 and over) will also be considered


  • EOI closes Friday 23 July
  • Deadline for student submissions Friday 22 September
  • Community Action Day completed Friday 15 December
  • Winners Workshop and Awards Ceremony Term 4

For more information go to: http://kab.org.au/yre/ 


Does your school need an outdoor learning space? The Yates Gardening Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program is offering 15 grants for fun, hands-on garden projects that will help young people learn about gardening, sustainability and our natural environment. Grants are worth over $2000.

Apply now: http://ow.ly/GC5v30cfeG4



Powerful Youth Projects are funded by Momentum Energy through its partnership with Junior Landcare. The program offers 200 grants of $1000 for projects in Victoria that involve young people actively caring for and learning about their natural environment.

Check out their website: https://landcareaustralia.org.au/powerful-youth-projects/  

Bottle for Botol in 2017! Image

Closing 19 December 2016

Bottle for Botol is a non-profit social enterprise, creating partnerships between schools in Australia and Indonesia to help prevent plastic waste entering water streams, rivers and oceans. The Bottle for Botol Program addresses two of the Australian Government’s Cross-Curriculum Priorities for Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Sustainability. Australian Schools Program applications are now open for 2017.

For more information or to apply online visit our website www.bottleforbotol.org or contact Melissa at Melissa@bottleforbotol.org.



CERES provide a list of grants currently available to schools, most in an ongoing capacity, including:

  • Sunsuper Dream for a Better World Grant
  • Telstra Kids Funds 2
  • Community Enterprise Foundation
  • DEPI Small Grants Program
  • Caltex Sponsorship Program
  • Inspiring Environmental Solutions - EPA Community Funding Program
  • Bunnings - Local Community Involvement

Go to: http://sustainability.ceres.org.au/education-resources/grants/

School Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)

Save water and promote water awareness in your school!

SWEP aims to provide data loggers to Victorian schools for the purpose of continuing the education and demonstration of water efficiency in practice.

Register today for this innovative new program: http://www.myswep.com.au/

Yates Creative Gardening Grants:

Yates and Junior Landcare continue to encourage schools to get creative in the garden.  Following the success of the inaugural Yates Junior Landcare Creative Gardening Grants last year, Yates is again proud to award 25 grants of up to $1,000 each to schools and youth groups who can show innovative ways of creating a garden within their school or community. Grants will be awarded to the most innovative, sustainable and environmentally conscious entries.

For more information go to: