Teachers Environment Fund overview
Supporting eco projects in schools and colleges
|Our award winning Teachers Environment Fund was launched in March 2008 to assist public schools and TAFE/CITs to enhance their sustainability. Since then we have provided $312,000 of funds to over 100 projects. |
We offer grants of up to $2,500 bi-annually to help with environmental projects.
Past recipients have used the grants for sustainable gardens, native tree planting, indigenous creeks and worm farms. These projects have provided teachers with the opportunity to promote sustainability through practical learning experiences.
“Through the Teachers Environment Fund we are helping teachers bring life to their sustainability projects. We want to support programs that give teachers practical ways to embed sustainability into students’ thinking – and hopefully have some fun along the way!” says Steve James, CEO of Teachers Mutual Bank.
How the Teachers Environment Fund can make a difference
|Students at Kensington Public School are learning the importance of sustainable living, thanks to the Teachers Environment Fund.|
The school is using the funds to create a school vegetable garden including the purchase of gardening essentials such as tools, soil, seeds, netting for bird protection, an irrigation system and kitchen equipment to cook the produce.
Louise Steiner, Assistant Principal of Kensington Public School, said “The teaching garden will complement the school’s strong environmental program that includes water tanks, solar panels and the recent upgrade of the staff room, turning it into a teaching kitchen. Students will plant and harvest the crops, creating further awareness of the environment and healthy eating habits."
“The program is not only bringing awareness of sustainability to the students but also to the community. We’ve had support from local businesses and members of the community, volunteering to help clear the land, set up a worm farm and install composting bins, all in preparation for garden beds to be planted.”
How to apply
2013 applications have now closed. Applications will open in January 2014.
Need more information? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.
Read about the previous recipients.