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School Project Grants

2016 - 2017 Environment Grants - New School Grant Round Open

School grants are available to schools throughout the Territory for environmental activities and projects. The major objective is to support action based educational projects promoting ecological sustainability and to build awareness of the cumulative impacts of our personal behaviour and lifestyle choices. Projects should actively engage students and address an area of environmental importance as outlined in the current grant categories. Educational outcomes will be considered during the assessment process.

Amount Available

Up to $2 000


School grants are available to any government and non-government Northern Territory school.

Application Process

In 2016/2017 the School Grants will be conducted as an open grant round. Applicants do not have to wait until the closure of the grant round for applications to be assessed and paid out. Applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria as they are received. This grants round will be open while funds are still available, or until the 3 April 2017.

To lodge an application for the school environment grants your school needs to be registered with the online grants management system called Grants Tracker. If you are unsure whether your school is already registered or have forgotten your password please contact the Grants Manager on (08) 8924 4002 or

As there is no technical support outside of office hours and weekends it is prudent to organise your logon details as soon as possible. To find out more about the online grants management system refer to the Grants Tracker page on this website. Before starting the application it is recommended that you read the School Project Guidelines. This document details what we are looking for in an application and goes through the assessment criteria which the projects are assessed against.

To launch Grants Tracker go to:


In 2016-2017 the grant program will be focused on three broad categories:

1. Waste
2. Pollution
3. Stormwater

The focus areas for the 2016-2017 grants round are issues that affect everybody on some level. Fortunately there are ways to minimise the impact they have on our environment and to help preserve the Territory’s unique environment for generations to come.

Some areas of focus and possible projects are outlined below. Note these are suggestions; applicants are not limited to these options:


Focus Area Possible Projects
  • Demonstrate the cause and effect of everyday actions and the flow on effects of pollution
  • Projects that teach students how to mitigate the generation of pollution through behaviour change
  • Demonstrate how the link between waste and pollution and how the management of waste can lead to reduced pollution in the environment
  • Student engagement and education activities that highlight issues surrounding pollution in air, land and water
  • Conduct experiments showing the impact of pollution on the environment and its inhabitants
  • Create works of art demonstrating the students understanding of pollution issues and how they relate to the environment and human kind
  • Organise a field day with an environmental institution that can provide real world examples of the impacts of pollution


Focus Area Possible Projects
  • Identifying drainage areas on school grounds that may lead to pollutants entering the ecosystem
  • Identification and management of areas where stormwater pools and stagnates
  • Providing information to students and/or the community at large on everyday behaviours that impact adversely on stormwater
  • Adopt a drain – identify where drains on or near the school property lead to and use this to demonstrate to students the impact of pollutants in stormwater may have
  • Conduct experiments demonstrating the impact that pollutants in stormwater can have on marine life and vegetation


Focus Area Possible Projects
Education & Awareness raising
  • Student engagement and education activities that highlight issues surrounding waste
  • Develop infrastructure to better deal with litter in the school context
  • Education programs addressing the negative impacts of litter and facilitate behaviour change
  • Clean up days
Waste Minimisation / Recycling
  • Education surrounding why reducing waste going to landfill is important
  • Waste audits designed to identify ways the school can reduce waste
  • Education on the benefits of re-using materials that would otherwise go to landfill
  • Setting up composting stations at schools or community centres
  • Projects using materials that would otherwise go to landfill
  • Setting up infrastructure to encourage recycling in the school
  • Education campaign to increase the level of recycling at school or in the home
  • Education about the Container Deposit Scheme
  • Set up collection points to facilitate access to the Container Deposit Scheme for the school that will provide fundraising dollars
  • Identify areas where waste water can be diverted to areas of use