Grant Application Guidelines

Woolworths, in partnership with Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare program, invites primary schools and early learning centres to apply for funding for environmental projects through the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.

This national program seeks to inspire the next generation of environmental champions by funding vegetable gardens, recycling and enhancing native habitat projects.

Project Funding Available

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants of up to $1,000.00 (ex GST) each, will be offered in the 2019 Grant round, with over 500 Grants available.

Key dates

Woolworths, in partnership with Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare program, invites primary schools and early learning centres to apply for funding for environmental projects through the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.

   Applications open    Wednesday 24th July 2019 (10am AEST)
   Applications close    Friday 6th September 2019 (5pm AEST)
   Projects announced    Late 2019
   Final report due & projects complete    27th July 2020

What we do fund:

  • Planting species native to your local area
  • Removal of invasive weeds
  • Seed collection and propagation
  • Nest box construction and installation
  • Vegetable, herb and bush-tucker gardens
  • Composting and worm farms
  • Recycling projects and activities
  • Installation of interpretative signage
  • Project infrastructure, tools and equipment together totalling a maximum of $500. (e.g. wheelbarrows, tools, gloves, watering cans, irrigation equipment, water tanks, chicken coops, garden sheds, fencing, seating, paving, food preparation equipment etc.)
  • Purchase of materials to support education and awareness raising activities limited to a maximum total of $500 (e.g. design and production of posters, information booklets, technology such as cameras and tablets.)

What we do not fund:

  • Consultancy and contractor fees
  • Wages, administration and labour costs
  • Training
  • Travel costs and airfares
  • Delivery and postage costs
  • Synthetic grass and flowers
  • Power tools (e.g. lawnmowers, brush-cutters & chainsaws)
  • Livestock (incl. chickens)

About the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program

The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program offers funding for Australian primary schools and early learning centres seeking to inspire the next generation of environmental champions.

The program offers opportunities for schools to engage in outdoor, hands-on environmental learning activities that promote the development of positive environmental, educational and social outcomes.

Projects must focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Sustainable food production, e.g. learning about plant lifecycles, where our food comes from and developing vegetable, herb and bush tucker gardens and / or
  • Recycling and improving waste management practices, e.g. learning how to set up and manage composts and worm farms, or implementing the 4 R’s (Refusing, Reducing, Reusing, Recycling) and / or
  • Enhancing Native habitats, e.g. learning about local ecosystems, including plants, animals and soil, and creating habitat required for local plants and animals by planting local plants, installing nest boxes, creating a frog bog or managing weeds.

There are lots of different forms that the ideal project can take, and we encourage children to be actively involved in the research and design process. Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare Resources are a great place to find inspiration. Have a look at previous Woolworths Junior Landcare projects on the projects map for ideas and inspiration.

Planning your Project

To develop a strong project idea:

  1. Read the Teacher’s Resource Guide and the Junior Landcare Curriculum Resources, Creating a food garden, Building a worm farm or Enhancing habitats, Landcare Australia’s Project Planning Considerations document for information and inspiration.
  2. In addition, the Landcare in Curriculum Teaching and Learning Sequences provide advice on how to integrated environmental lessons inside and outside of the classroom.
  3. Set up a team of students, teachers, parents, community members, and locals with expertise (such as your local Landcare Group) who can assist with coordinating the project. Please email us, or a call 1800 151 105 if you need assistance connecting with a local group;
  4. Look around the school grounds and the local area, and make note of natural and build existing features. In particular, look for signs of fauna (birds, insects, mammals, lizards, butterflies) and their habitats;
  5. Identify areas that could be utilised for gardens, composting or recycling stations, or where habitat could be enhanced for native species.

Assessment Criteria

Successful projects will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Criteria How do I meet the criteria?

1. Expected environmental outcomes.

  • Detail existing natural values (e.g. what animals use the area, what native plants already occur) and / or
  • How your project improves natural values (e.g. providing habitat to native birds, improve the survival of indigenous species) and / or
  • How you project will encourage sustainable practices (e.g. composting will reduce food waste going to landfill).

2. Expected educational outcomes and integration into the school curriculum.

  • Detail the topics the students will learn about and
  •  How the project activities will enhance student learning (e.g. being involved in planting activities will teach students about the growth and survival of living things (Biological Sciences)).

3. Level of hands-on student involvement in project.

  • Consider involving students in all aspects of the project, where appropriate (e.g. project planning and design).

4. Level of involvement of the broader school community or local community.

  • Consider and provide details about how the project will benefit the wider community (e.g. signage, community working bees)

5. Project activities that are feasible and technically-sound.

6. Commitment to maintaining and upgrading project outcomes.


  • Detail how and when you will you maintain the project outcomes (e.g. set up quarterly community working bees or a school gardening club); and / or
  • How students will benefit from the project in the longer term (e.g. students will monitor the growth and survival of trees).

7. Realistic and detailed project budget.

  • Include a budget which is itemised, and aligns with the project activities, scale and scope. Click here for a good example of a budget.


Other criteria:

  • To be eligible, your application must include a school logo/photo for use on the Landcare Australia website and a site ‘before’ photo for comparison with the completed project
  • Incomplete and late applications will not be considered
  • Groups with project reports still outstanding from previous Junior Landcare grants are ineligible for further funding until all reporting requirements are met; and
  • Preference will be given to groups who have not already received a Junior Landcare grant in the past two years.

How to Apply

Schools can apply for a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal until 5pm (AEST) Friday 6th September 2019.

To complete your application, you will need to:

  1. Obtain endorsement from your school Principal
  2. Have your school ABN, bank account details and GST status ready
  3. Create an account on the Landcare Australia Communities Portal
  4. Complete your application on the 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 ‘Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants’
  3. Click on ‘Create Application’.
  4. Don’t forget to upload photos, pictures, maps, drawings and other media to your application (maximum of three attachments per application).
  5. 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.
  6. To submit your application, select the ‘Is application complete?’ checkbox and press ‘Save’.
  7. You will receive a confirmation email when your application has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk mail folder.

For questions about online submissions, please refer to the FAQs on the portal, or email [email protected]

Reporting Requirements

As a condition of receiving the grant you will be required to complete a final report.

  • The report must include:
    • Information on the project achievements (outcomes and outputs), and any other project highlights, alterations or key learnings and
    • A project ‘after’ photo showing the outcomes.
  • Reporting is undertaken online. Landcare Australia will send you the link shortly after you have received your grant.
  • Deadline for project completion and final report to be submitted to Junior Landcare: 27 July 2020

About Woolworths

Woolworths is committed to a greener future. Australia’s largest supermarket is proudly single-use plastic bag free, and offers a range reusable shopping bags including the Bag for Good. The Bag for Good can be used again and again, and if it ever gets damaged it will be replaced for free, and the damaged bag recycled.

The good this bag can do doesn’t stop there – any money made from the sale of the Bag for Good funds the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program. This program is funding hundreds of gardening and recycling projects in Australian primary schools and early learning centres, helping to inspire the next generation of environmental champions.

About Landcare Australia and Junior Landcare

Landcare Australia is the leading national not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with business, government and community to support the Landcare community’s natural resource management program, including Junior Landcare.

Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment. Launched in May 1998, Junior Landcare recognises that the contribution of young people is vital if the land they are to inherit is to be in the best possible condition. Junior Landcare also encourages young people to develop a sense of responsibility to the land and other natural resources. It also provides a great framework for learning in outdoor ‘living classrooms’, and can be successfully integrated into a range of topics within the school curriculum.

Promoting your Project

All successful recipients will receive a digital grant recipient promotional pack. This will be sent to successful grant recipients via email when they are offered funding. Some of the items included in the pack are a certificate, digital assets, photo release form and tips for taking photos and telling a great story.

Frequently Asked Questions

To see the Junior Landcare grant Frequently Asked Questions, including what to include in your budget and how to connect with Landcare groups, click here.

Terms and Conditions

The funding for this grant will be administered by Landcare Australia. Prior to submitting your application you will be required to agree to Landcare Australia’s standard terms and conditions.

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