Waste Wise Schools is a program of the Waste Authority which is funded through a levy on urban waste to landfill as part of the Waste Strategy 2030.
Primary and secondary schools can apply for our regular grants as detailed below.
- Infrastructure grant - up to $2,200
- Whole school and community grant - up to $4,400
- Waste and sustainability grant - up to $8,800
Grants are offered to accredited Waste Wise Schools for the development of waste minimisation projects. These funds can be used to assist the school in reducing waste disposed of to landfill and in educating the whole school community about sustainable waste practices. View the success stories page to see what schools have achieved.
Schools must complete the Waste Wise full day professional learning workshop/external module/webinar, form a committee, conduct a waste audit, write a waste policy and a waste plan to be eligible to apply for the first grant. For subsequent grants schools must have renewed their accreditation, contact Waste Wise if you are unsure.
Update on the criteria for Waste Wise School Grants closing 26 March 2020
Due to the implications from COVID-19 that many schools face at the moment, the Waste Wise School Grants criteria to complete a waste audit and include waste audit data is waived for this grant round closing 26 March 2020. Future grant rounds will return to normal eligibility requirements.
- completed application form
- detailed and accurate budget (you will only receive the exact amount of funding for your project if approved)
- appropriate evidence as detailed in the grants eligibility criteria
- adherence to the grant guidelines and conditions
All grants require completion of an acquittal report and copies of receipts for the exact grant amount, at completion of the funding period.