Woolworths offers $1 million in grants to Australian schools

The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is offering primary schools and early learning centres the chance to share in $1 million in grants.

The grants, up to $1,000 each, are available to help schools develop projects focused on sustainability and inspiring students to play an active role in the future of their natural environment.

Andrew Hicks, Chief Marketing Officer at Woolworths Group, said the program is all about supporting fun and engaging learning experiences that can help younger generations connect with natural environments.

“Over the years, we’ve seen lots of creativity from schools and early learning centres looking to  explore sustainability in action, and we can’t wait to see more of these ideas brought to life through this year’s program.

“We’re also excited about the new learning activities designed to help bring First Nations perspectives into the home and classroom. These activities are a great resource that highlight the invaluable perspectives and experiences of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the journey to creating more sustainable experiences for a better tomorrow.”

Since its launch in 2018, the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program, in partnership with Landcare Australia, has supported over 3,814 school groups with more than $4 million in funding to help kids all across the country get hands-on with nature. 

Adam Shipp, First Nations educator with Landcare Australia, has worked closely with the program to develop environmental learning activities for educators and children to learn more about how they can have a connection to Country.

“As a proud Wiradjuri man, I believe it is extremely important that environmental based organisations recognise and work with First Nations groups. 

“By teaching younger generations about traditional ways of caring for Country, we can deepen knowledge of and respect for First Nations culture and practices. I look forward to seeing how students and teachers use the new Junior Landcare resources.” 

Shane Norrish, CEO of Landcare Australia, said Junior Landcare has always recognised the vital role children play in taking care of the natural environment.

“Moreover, as we continue to grow the number of First Nations perspectives resources on the Junior Landcare Learning Centre, we are thrilled to be able to support children and educators in building their knowledge of Traditional Land Management and Cultural Heritage when it comes to caring for our land and water.”

Applications for the 2023 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants are now open and close 17 March 2023.

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