The last round of applications for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants for 2012 are now open with all young people encouraged to apply.
The last round of applications for 2012 are now open for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program, and all schools, preschools, kindergartens and community groups involving young people are encouraged to apply.
The Coles Junior Landcare program offers grants of up to $1,000 to help set up gardens in communities and school grounds, giving kids a fun and interactive opportunity to learn about nature and environmental sustainability. Previous successful grant recipients have used the funding for a variety of garden projects including vegetables, herbs, bush tucker, water wise and multicultural gardens along with worm farm, composting and recycling projects.
Katrina Sparke of Avoca Public School, a recent grant recipient, says that receiving a Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant has had many roll-on effects beyond the garden project itself.
“This grant has really kick-started a positive vibe for our school, and the Parents & Citizens Committee worked hard to also afford a new kitchen to accompany it. We have seen a huge rise in student morale, school pride, and enthusiasm for the new project—resulting in a few extra families joining our school and allowing us a second full time teacher,” she said.
Majella Allen, Coles Community and Sustainability Manager, hopes eligible schools and community groups will take advantage of the grants program which offers kids a hands-on learning experience.
“The Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant program is an excellent opportunity for schools and community groups to teach kids about gardening and environmental sustainability in a practical way that will also leave a lasting impression,” she said.
Applications for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants close on Friday July 27. Application forms, guidelines and criteria can be found at: http://www.juniorlandcare.com.au/grants-2/coles-grant
What is 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.
Landcare activities can be successfully integrated into a range of topics within the school curriculum or be part of scout or similar youth group activities.
Landcare programs organised by schools and youth groups provide a great framework for learning in outdoor ‘living classrooms’. Junior Landcare enables kids of all ages to become involved with their local landcare group and work on a range of environmental projects.