Environmental Education – Grants of up to $250,000 for projects that develop knowledge and skills in protecting and restoring our environment.

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The Environmental Education program funds projects that develop, broaden and transform the community’s knowledge, skills, and intrinsic motivation to engage in sustainable behaviour and encourage participation in protecting the environment.

Funding proposals are expected to incorporate the following elements:

  • environmental benefit
  • community need
  • collaboration
  • transformative learning leading to behaviour change
  • evaluation and dissemination.

Who can apply?

  • Community organisations
  • Community groups
  • Incorporated associations
  • Incorporated non-profit organisations
  • Local councils
  • Local Land Services
  • NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils
  • Non-commercial cooperatives
  • Other local government-controlled organisations
  • Regional organisations of councils
  • Registered NSW Aboriginal Corporations
  • State government agencies and/or statutory committees
  • Universities.

Funding available

Two funding tiers are available for Environmental Education projects.

Total annual allocation Funding tier Funding amount per project Project timeframe
$1,000,000 1 up to $60,000 2-3 years
2 from $60,001 to $250,000 3-5 years

For more information on the funding tiers and the types of activities and outcomes expected for each, please refer to the program guidelines below.

Priority themes

Since 2020, the Trust has been implementing its Strategic Plan 2020–24.

Applications to the 2022–23 round were required to address at least one of the following immediate funding priorities from the NSW Environmental Trust Strategic Plan 2020–24:

  • addressing climate change impacts on the natural environment – both mitigation and adaptation
  • supporting threatened species recovery.

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