Environment grants encourage sustainability ideas

The application process for the 2020 tranche of IEU sponsored Environment Grants is currently in place and we invite submissions for sustainability projects until 25 September 2020.

The IEU has a proud history of funding and supporting education projects across our membership that bring sustainability projects to life. We are the sole sponsor of the initiative this year.

It is very encouraging to have received 11 submissions already from early childhood education centres, primary schools and high schools. Members are embracing the grants with enthusiasm and developing creative concepts.

There is still time to turn your great ideas into an achievable project and have it realised through a grant.

There is no definitive list of possible activities, but typical projects include habitat conservation, biodiversity, outdoor learning areas, vegie gardens and organic produce, water and energy saving initiatives, recycling and composting projects and Aboriginal cultural projects.

We ask successful grant recipients to provide a brief audiovisual presentation of their project outlining how it proceeded to completion, and highlighting how it has benefited their school or workplace. Presentations can also include photographic essays, interviews, podcasts or other written forms of presentation.

Eligibility criteria include the project’s long term viability, links to a broader environmental education strategy, and effective project management.

Use your imagination and get planning to have your concept supported by a grant. There is still time to turn your great ideas into an achievable concept or project and have your work realised through a grant to support it.

The IEU ran a professional development event, Journey to be a Sustainable School in 2020, presented by Catholic EarthCare NSW Volunteer Coordinator Sue Martin, on Tuesday 25 August. This session is a great opportunity to explore where your school or centre is at on its journey to sustainability and to map out the next steps. Those who missed it can watch on demand: theieuzone.org.au/

For more details about the IEU’s Environment Grant, see here.

Get involved – you’re limited only by your imagination and creativity.