Gundagai High School Principal Simon Bridgeman and Steph Cooke hold a large cheque with Gundagai High School students standing behind them.
Gundagai High School Principal Simon Bridgeman and Steph Cooke stand with the Sustainable Schools Grant and Gundagai High School students in February 2020. 

The Sustainable Schools Grants program for 2021 will soon be open, supporting students to develop innovative sustainability projects in their schools.

Schools in the Cootamundra electorate 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. 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said previous grant recipients have been able to create important projects at schools in the electorate.

“Earlier this year I had the privilege of announcing Sustainable Schools Grants for Gundagai High School and Beckom Public School, who were respectively creating a rainwater storage project and a kitchen garden,” Ms Cooke said.

“These projects help students learn about sustainability through hands-on projects, and they are a great opportunity for our schools. This is a chance to get creative and make change through NSW Government grants, I urge every school to apply for this program.”

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

The school projects funded by the grants must be interactive for students to assist in 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 expressed her excitement for round two as she discussed innovative ways schools used the funding. 

“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,” Ms Mitchell said. 

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

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.