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Teachers Environment Fund overview

Supporting eco projects in schools and colleges

Apply for a $2,000 grant for your school and bring a great eco project to life.

You must be a member of Teachers Mutual Bank to apply on behalf of your school/college/CIT.

2014 applications are now closed and will open in early 2015.

Supporting eco projects in schools and collegesOur Teachers Environment Fund was launched in March 2008 to assist public schools and TAFE/CITs to enhance their sustainability. Since then we have provided $344,000 of grants to 125 projects.

This is your school's chance to receive a grant, up to $2,000 and bring an eco-project to life.

Past recipients have used the grants to plant sustainable gardens, hold an ECO day, build indigenous creeks and worm farms. They provide a great opportunity for teachers to embed sustainability into their students thinking as well as have some fun along the way.

Not sure how to get started?

Here are a few ideas to help get things rolling:
  • Create a native stingless bee colony and invite beekeepers to talk about their importance.
  • Create a chook run. Children will learn to care for the animals and discover that the food they eat doesn’t just come from a supermarket shelf.
  • Organic food scrap bins can be created and used to feed the chooks.
  • Create a hydroponic garden growing lettuce, herbs etc.
  • Host a community eco day.


Need more information? Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Read about the previous recipients.

2014 applications are now closed and will open in early 2015.

How the Teachers Environment Fund can make a difference

Supporting eco projects in schools and collegesStudents 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.”