Grants for Gardens

Dream gardens and outdoor classrooms become a reality for 25 schools

More than 3,000 students in 25 schools across seven states will soon be donning their gardening gloves and getting stuck into creating their dream gardens thanks to the Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens Program.

Launched in May, the program received a record number of applications, with hundreds of schools submitting creative and exciting ideas for outdoor classrooms and gardens, with hand drawn plans, short films and mood boards.

The funded projects include a number of Indigenous Plant and Cultural projects, including at Yorketown Area School in South Australia, and Gundagi Public School in New South Wales. Sensory spaces and gardens are also a popular choice, with Mannum Community College in South Australia creating a ‘Sensory Wellbeing Garden’, which will be part of an outdoor learning complex. Glengarry Primary School in Western Australia will create an ‘Upcycled Sensory Wonderland’ to include climbing areas, drums, and a sensory pathway around the garden to provide a unique and interactive learning area.

15 x $2,000 grants were originally offered through the Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program, with extra funding for an additional 10 grants put forward by Yates due to the high demand and high quality of applications. Each school will receive $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products and a growing consultation with a Yates gardening expert to arm the students with tips and tricks to help their gardens thrive.

View the 2017 Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens Program Winners

Who is eligible to apply?

Schools, childcare centres and youth groups across Australia can apply.

What can I win?

15 grants are on offer.  They are made up of $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products and a consultation with a Yates gardening expert to really help bring the project to life!

How do I apply?

We are looking for you to design your dream garden and send us your design!  The grants will be awarded to the most creative, sustainable and environmentally concious entries. If you are looking for some inspiration, please check out the stories from previous Junior Landcare grant recipients further down this page. Click here to access our grant guidelines and criteria and read all the nitty gritty you need to know before applying.

You also need to register for the Landcare Australia Communities Portal to submit an application. You will find more information further down the page on this portal.

When can I apply?

Applications for the Yates Junior Landcare Garden Grants are now open and close on 29 June 2017 at 5pm (EST).

Is there anything else I need to know?

Be sure to read our grants guidelines and criteria before submitting your application. We can’t wait to see your amazing garden designs!

About the Landcare Australia Communities Portal

Applications for the Grants for Gardens 2017 can be submitted through the online Landcare Australia Communities Portal. To submit an application:

  1. Login to the Landcare Australia Communities Portal. If you have applied for a grant on the portal in the past, your username will be your email address. If you have not applied for a grant before, you can register as a user here.
  2. Click on ‘Grants for Gardens 2017’.
  3. Click on ‘Create Application’.
  4. If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press ‘Save’ and log out. You can log back in and continue to edit your application form until you are ready to submit.
  5. To submit your application, select the ‘Is application complete?’ checkbox and press ‘Save’.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted.

Important Dates

Applications open: Monday 29 May 2017 (9.00am EST)
Applications close: Thursday 29 June 2017 (5.00pm EST)
Successful applicants announced: 21 July 2017
Funds paid to grant recipients: 26 – 30 August 2017

Do you need some inspiration?

Some great examples of Junior Landcare projects are below.

Fencing out deer

Fencing out deer

Case Study: Yinnar, Yinnar South Landcare Group – VIC Grant Ridge Environmental Services installing Gallagher Mega Anchor fencing at Billy’s Creek Valley site. Project Overview Established in 2007 the Yinnar, Yinnar South Landcare Group works on public and...

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Erosion control and chain of ponds protection

Erosion control and chain of ponds protection

Case Study: DI and ME Gillespie – NSW Gallagher Mega Anchor fencing being installed. Project Overview After purchasing their 1754 acre Clarence River based property (JARA) in 2013, Marg and Dave Gillespie have been working to put in place sustainable,...

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Kindy’s sensory garden engages all senses

Kindy’s sensory garden engages all senses

Planting natives. Thornbury Kindy in Victoria wanted to provide its children with an inviting sensory space to play and create sound together outdoors, and to encourage more active engagement with natural elements of the garden for a sensory experience. The Kindy’s...

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Creating a safe habitat for native birds to flourish

Creating a safe habitat for native birds to flourish

Students with the nest boxes they built. Last year, North Geelong Secondary College received a Momentum Energy Powerful Youth Project grant to build and raise nest boxes in a range of established trees that didn’t already contain hollows. The goal of this Junior...

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Students get water wise with an aquaponics sensory garden

Students get water wise with an aquaponics sensory garden

During summer, temperatures of 35-40 degree are not uncommon in Lorn, NSW. On these sweltering days many plants in the area die if they are not watered within 48 hours. This was an ongoing problem for Nillo Infants School in the Hunter Valley. The extreme summer...

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