Go MAD – and Make a Difference

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Composting project Sawtell Primary School

Local schools and childcare centres are being encouraged to apply for a MAD Green Grant to help them ‘Make a Difference’ to the environment.

Available through Council’s Environmental Levy, MAD Green Grants fund projects that actively engage young people to learn how to connect with, protect and make a difference to their precious local environments.

Successful applicants will deliver projects over the calendar year providing opportunities for schools and centres to design, deliver and measure environmental projects onsite or at a nearby location.

The grants are worth up to $2,000 each.

“We’d encourage students and educators alike to be bold and creative when developing their project ideas,” said Andrew Davis, Council’s Sustainable Living and Community Programs Coordinator. “Last year, 14 schools received grants totalling over $21,000. The projects they came up with included establishing shade trees, creating habitat for native wildlife, delivering plastic pollution education programs and establishing native beehives.

“MAD Green Grants is a fantastic opportunity for local schools and centres to make a difference and empower the next generation of young leaders.”

To be eligible, projects must involve children in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project and inspire positive behaviour change in the broader school community. All projects will need to incorporate a simple before and after survey, which will be provided to successful applicants.

Eligible projects will:

  • Enable schools to promote more efficient use of resources, including water, and improve the quality of the local environment;
  • Nurture knowledge, values and behaviour in young people that support environmental sustainability;
  • Encourage and support environmental sustainability outcomes in school/centre communities; and
  • Deliver environmental sustainability outcomes aligned with the MyCoffs Community Strategic Plan.

Applications for the MAD Green Grants close at 5pm on Friday, March 20 2020. All applications must be submitted online to be eligible. Grant forms, guidelines and information is available on Council’s website at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/sustainableschools

Anyone interested in making an application or needing further information is invited to a Sustainable Schools Network meeting on February 18 2020. To RSVP, please email or call 02 6648 4643.


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