CEDoW Environmental Education Grants
CEDoW's Environmental Education Grants aim to support Diocesan school communities in their journey of ecological conversion, assisting schools in specific environmental projects that are strategically planned for and connected to each school’s SEMP (School Environment Management Plan).
These grants support schools to continue to, in the words of Pope Francis, "care for our common home" with "simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness, [and] actions that seek to build a better world".
Key aspects of the Environmental Education Grants are:
- Grant amount available is up to $2,000.
Please note, this grant cannot be used for grounds and facilities maintenance that would normally be covered by SEDSO.
- Any costs for the project that exceed $2,000 are covered by the school.
- Last year, 10 grants were awarded to 10 schools (6 primary schools, 1 K-12 school and 3 secondary schools).
- In 2021, 11 grants have been awarded to 11 schools. (9 primary schools and 2 secondary schools).
Grant Project Examples
For more information on the successful applications and their outcomes, view our:
Read our case study from St Michael's Thirroul - they used their Environmental Education Grant to purchase bins and equipment to implement a new school-wide waste management system, with great success! The school won a Wollongong City Council 'Rise and Shine Environment Award' for their fantastic campaign to streamline their waste management, increase their recycling and composting, and reduce the rubbish they sent to landfill. Read more here.
The Wollongong Environment Network (WEN) is an initiative of the Catholic Education Office that aims to support school communities to respond to Laudato Si’ and implement environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Find your school's WEN Contact in our WEN School Contact Directory.