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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 2018

Celebrating Sustainability

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards, now in its 16th year, recognise and celebrate 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 or to enter , check out the awards website: normally open in April-May each year. 

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 students 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.

Reinventing Trams

Re-purposing Melbourne's iconic trams

A number of Melbourne's iconic trams are going to be put up for sale, at the bargain price of just $1,000! There are 237 trams enjoying their retirement at the Newport Railway Workshops and 134 of these will be put up for sale. The price is set at $1,000 for private buyers and businesses, plus the cost of transport and relocation.Where these trams are destined for community not-for profit groups though, they will be free! This includes schools and local governments.

VicTrack will be opening an Expression of Interest (EOI) process on Monday 28th May to determine the lucky homes for these trams. The EOI  will ask potential recipients to demonstrate how they intend to re-use the tram and how it will benefit the community.

For more information, check out the VicTrack website:

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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.

Zayed Sustainability Prize

$100,000 on offer for secondary schools

Evolving from 10 years of success as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the UAE’s preeminent sustainability Prize undergoes a strategic refocus to become the Zayed Sustainability Prize. Broadening its reach beyond renewable energy, the prize is aiming to reward projects and innovative solutions from a wider spectrum of sustainability and human development initiatives. Based on its renewed mission, the Prize now has five distinct categories: HealthFoodEnergyWater and Global High Schools.

The Global High School Prize aims to inspire today’s youth to be forward-thinkers and cultivate within them a vested interest in becoming agents of change for sustainable development – after all, youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. This prize will be awarded to global high schools from six geographic regions that can demonstrate impact, innovation and inspiration to enable inclusive and equitable access to quality education. Schools must propose projects that can be implemented within 12-24 months with tangible outcomes in the areas of sustainable energy, water, food and health.

If you believe you have a project that could win the Zayed Sustainability Prize, we want to know about it!

Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony during the opening of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, on 14th January 2019.

Online submissions will close on 9th August 2018.
More information at

Contact the regional outreach partner: or +61 425 723 735

Pick My Project

$30 million available to fund local projects

Applications are now open for Pick My Project, a Victorian first community grants initiative, with $30 million available to fund local projects. Come up with a project idea, vote for your favourites, and make your community an even better place to live! Applications close Sunday 24th June

To find out more information or to apply, go to 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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