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Sustainability awards, competitions and grants are available through a variety of organisations at different times during each year. There may be some conditions that apply so make sure to read the specifics of the award, competition or grant to ensure your organisation is eligible.


There are many awards that come up during the year to recognise the achievements of educational providers in Victoria for sustainability activities or initiatives. Some of those listed below may not yet be active. Keep an eye on them for opening and closing dates.

Premier's Sustainability Awards

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards, recognises and celebrates Victorians who are leading the way to a sustainable future. The awards continue to grow and reflect the action that is happening across industry, business and community from regional to metropolitan Victoria.

For more information, check out the awards website:

Keep Victoria Beautiful

Active Schools Award

This award recognises Victorian schools for outstanding sustainability achievement, sustainable practices, reducing their environmental impact and leading the community by example.

Initiatives may include:

  • programs that encourage mentoring and development of sustainability throughout the school and in the community
  • environmental programs or sustainability initiatives where students have led or participated in awareness raising campaigns.

Examples of initiatives include adopting sustainable methods in operations, such as retrofitting school infrastructure, undertaking whole of school behavior change campaigns including monitoring, auditing and reporting on energy and water consumption, school participation in community or industry programs, implementation of plans for the school community to work with and/or lead the local community in reducing their environmental impact, hosting environmental education conferences and seminars.

For more information, check out

Young Leaders Award (A group or individual aged 25 years or younger)

This award recognises outstanding achievement by a young leader/s taking action in environmental and community initiatives that involve local youth and benefit metropolitan communities.

Initiatives may include:

  • active youth community members and role models
  • youth run, participated and coordinated celebrations
  • mentoring and development activities led by or participated in by youth, advocating involvement in local community projects and groups
  • development and/or enhancement of youth facilities and amenities.

Examples of initiatives include plans that address youth action, development, encouragement and improvement of environment and wellbeing, successful collaboration between youth, community groups, industry and government, public education campaigns driven by young leaders, youth-driven projects to build amenities such as skate/bike facilities.

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Different organisations run a range of competitions for education providers over the year. These may apply to a range of different sustainability topics. As these are announced they will be listed below and closing dates will be specficially highlighted for each competition.

Colgate Community Garden Challenge

Recycle oral care products for a chance to win a recycled community garden set for your school and cool upcycled products!

Colgate, Chemist Warehouse and TerraCycle are thrilled to announce the second edition of the Colgate Community Garden Challenge! 

All pre-, primary and secondary school are now invited to join the 2019 Colgate Community Garden Challenge! Schools can start collecting oral care waste and online votes for their chance to win one of five recycled community garden sets to grow their own veggie patch! Don't miss out - entries close 30 September 2019! 

Check out the website for more information and to sign-up:

Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition

The Humane Society International is running a Student Art Competition for primary age students to creatively express their feelings for Australia's threatened species. 

The Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition helps children unleash their artistic creativity while learning about the extinction crisis facing our native plants and animals. With this competition, we aim to inspire and encourage the next generation of environmental leaders.

The competition is open from June to August, with exhibitions in September in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra of the best works, expected to reach thousands of friends, family members, teachers and the general public. We’ll be helping out along the way with information packs, online resources and creative workshops for school and community groups.

Entries close on Friday 2nd August with opportunities to submit both individual and group works. Check it out on the website for more information: 

Back to Earth Garden Competition - Congratulations to all our Winners!

 Winners Back to Earth

Congratulations to Livingstone Primary School (pictured above) for winning the first prize of $5,000 for their Veggie Garden Extension as part of the Back to Earth Initiative Eastern Garden Competition. The prize money will be used to significantly reduce the amount of food waste the school sends to landfill by increasing its capacity to compost food waste from one year level to the whole school.

Congratulations also to the five runners up who will each receive $1,000 towards helping their projects bloom. These will be announced by each school over the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Eastern Garden Competition. This year's competition received a record number of nominations (58) and more than 18,400 votes!

For more information, go to:

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Grants become available throughout the year from many different avenues. Those listed here are relevant to sustainability and educational institutions. Local council grants become available periodically and they will similarly be listed below.

Suez Community Grants

Right across Australia, local not-for-profit groups are giving their all to build strong communities and create a brighter future for people and the planet. Need funding to make a difference in your community? We're here to help.

For more information, see the website:

Other Grants

See the following links for further information on ongoing grants that educational institutions may be eligible to apply for:

For Schools in Maroondah:

Maroondah City Council offers a Community Grants Funding Program

For Schools in Whitehorse:

The Blackburn & District Environment Fund has an ongoing Small Grants Program that schools are invited to apply to: Small Grant Program

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