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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 2019

Celebrating Sustainability

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards, now in its 17th 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:

Entries for 2019 are now open! 

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.

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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.

Back to Earth Garden Competition - Nominations Open

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The Back to Earth Initiative shows how your household green waste is put to good use, creating compost to help farms, gardens and community green spaces bloom.

Making sure everyone uses their green waste bins correctly to produce great compost is just one of the ways we are working with the community. The Back to Earth Initiative is giving schools, early learning centres and community groups the chance to win a $5000 grand prize and five runners up $1000 to bring your gardening or green space project to life.

Perhaps your school could benefit from a composting system or worm farm, your kinder needs a veggie patch or you’re keen to kick off a community garden.

Nominate now for your chance to win! Nominations close midnight Sunday 19 May 2019.

All eligible nominated projects will be showcased from Tuesday 21 May until Sunday 9 June. The community will vote for their favourite project to win.

For more information or to nominate, 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.

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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