Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced the NSW Environmental Trust’s Eco Schools Grant Program is now open for applications and encouraged schools across the electorate to apply.

The Eco School Grants Program is designed to support and nurture students’ passion to protect and learn about the environment.

Ms Cooke said 80 Eco School Grants worth $3,500 each are now available.

“What a fantastic way to start term two. These grants provide schools across NSW with the opportunity to deliver hands-on, curriculum-based environmental education,” she said.

“They can be used to support a variety of environmental projects from edible and sustainable eco-gardens, waste audits and learning about enhancing native habitat.

“I know many of my electorate’s schools already have veggie garden and sustainability projects in the pipeline. Here’s an opportunity to get these dreams off the ground,” she added.

Eighty-two schools were awarded Eco School grants last year.

“Grants this year will be offered to student focused environmental management projects, including litter and waste reduction, water and energy conservation, bush regeneration, habitat improvement and food gardens,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’d be thrilled to support my local schools in their applications and will come and visit any school community with an eco-vision who will have me!”

All NSW Registered schools, registered on the Sustainable Schools NSW website, can apply for funding as long as they have not received funding under the previous 2017 round.

Grant applications can be submitted until Monday June 18, 2018.

Schools can contact the Environmental Trust on (02) 8837 6093, info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au or visit the website for more information: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm