The Sustainable Schools Network will regularly post information here about funding opportunities. 


Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.  2020 Nominations are now open!  There are six categories of awards with prizes valued at $125,000

National Science Week 2020 Queensland Online Seed Funding Grants of up to $5000. Entries close 29 April 2020 for funding for August 2020.

ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition

ATOM has teamed up with television star Jamie Durie and award-winning television production company WTFN Entertainment, to launch a new school’s competition.

The ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition is open to all schools and students of primary and secondary school age, giving them the chance to showcase environmental and sustainability projects and initiatives in their community.

The competition is headed up by the House Rules star Durie, who in partnership with ATOM and WTFN, has launched Jamie Durie’s Groundswell; a content platform that shares stories of environmental and climate change endeavour from across Australia and worldwide.

Durie said, ‘We’ve seen from recent climate strikes and actions that this subject has never been more important to younger generations. The competition is all about finding ideas, no matter how big or how small, and giving them a platform.’

‘We cannot wait to see some of the fantastic entries we receive. We know young people have great ideas for how we can live more sustainably.’

The competition invites entries in four school categories: Primary (Years F–3 & Years 4–6) and Secondary (Years 7–9 & Years 10–12).

Within each school category, there are four ways to submit an entry; short film or video, website, essay, or photo essay.

ATOM Education Kit
To help teachers and students develop ideas and approaches for entering the ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition, ATOM has create an education kit brimming with ideas and approaches to the challenges of sustainability and climate change.


ATOM'S 1-Minute Film Competition

The 2020 theme is:
‘The Second World War and Your Community’

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) is proud to present the 1-Minute Film Competition 2020, now in its fifth year.

The competition is sponsored by the (Australian Government) Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and provides Australian and New Zealand primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to make a 1-minute film or animation, and win fantastic prizes in the process.

The theme for this year’s competition is: ‘The Second World War and Your Community’. Each film must be based on this theme.

You may like to focus on a particular aspect of this topic, such as mateship in hard times, recruitment, the experience of troops, nurses, families and friends of those who served, or another Second World War topic meaningful to your community. Similarly, ‘community’ is a broad concept. For you, community might mean your school, your town, your family and friends, or your whole country.

Please consider that one of DVA’s roles is to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have served. All entrants should be mindful of this.

Calling for Entries from Schools Students

To enter the 1-Minute Film Competition, students must create a 1-minute film adhering to the theme and submit it into one of the following four categories:

  • Lower Primary (Years F–3)

  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6)

  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)

  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)

The four first-place prizes will each include filmmaking prize packs – valued at over $550 for the two primary school categories, and valued at over $900 for the two secondary school categories!

Click here to download a poster to put up around your school or workplace

The 1-Minute Film Competition website includes the full rules of the competition as well as the online entry system, but we have provided a brief outline below.

Competition Outline:

  • Entry is free, and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Australia and New Zealand.

  • All films must be made specifically for the 1-Minute Film Competition 2020.

  • Each film must be no longer than 60 seconds.

  • Ensure that all content in each film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) is the entrants’ own. If entrants include any copyrighted or trademarked content, they must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information on copyright, click here.

  • All entries must be submitted online (including uploading of the short film and at least three still images from the film) by close of entries: midday AEST, Friday 24 July.

  • Six finalists in each of the four categories will be contacted via email and announced on Tuesday 6 October.

  • The winners will be announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, to be held in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 November.

Entries close at midday AEST, Friday 24 July.

Good luck!

For more information, or to enter, visit 1-minutefilmcompetition.org.

Green Heroes

Applications now open for Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience grants


Applications are now open for Round 4—Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience of the Queensland Government's Community Sustainability Action grants program.

Grants up to $100,000 (ex GST) are available for on-ground projects which benefit threatened flora and fauna species negatively impacted by bushfires and drought in 2019–2020 and projects to build threatened species' resilience to climate change. 

Activities funded will be those which encourage community/volunteer participation and engagement. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • flora and fauna surveys and mapping 

  • habitat protection from pests and future climate associated pressures 

  • habitat improvement and restoration activities such as weeding and revegetation 

  • education or awareness programs. 

Applications will be accepted from:

  • properly established incorporated associations (incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981) 

  • Australian charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission 

  • not-for-profit organisations registered under the Corporations Act 2001 

  • Indigenous corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cwlth) 

  • tertiary education institutions administered by the Commonwealth or State 

  • Natural Resource Management bodies. 

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how their proposed project activities align with a threatened species recovery plan, conservation advice or threat abatement plan. Where this documentation doesn't exist, proposed project activities should be based on strong evidence such as a scientific paper. 

It is recommended applicants seek technical/scientific advice regarding their proposed project prior to submitting an application. 

Applications close 4pm on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Program guidelines and application details are available on the Queensland Government website.

If you require further information, email ​​CSAgrants@des.qld.gov.au.

Turn the tide competition



Are you a crusader for single use plastic elimination? Does the sight of that glad wrapped plastic cup frog-in-the-pond at your canteen make you shudder? Are your leadership, communication and organisational skills on point?

We are looking for a school group that has shown the greatest enthusiasm in planning and designing a project to reduce plastic waste at their school.

We want to see the journey of your project from start to finish. Show us in a video of 5 minutes or less:

  • Why did you decide to tackle a particular plastic-related problem?

  • What steps did you take to understand the problem and plan your initiative?

  • How will you put your plan into action when school returns?

  • And whatever else you think we should see so we understand your story!



What have we got for you for our New Zealand prize? We have teamed up with Sup Bro tours to offer a unique, sustainable adventure trip to Northern New Zealand. Our winners can expect an exciting range of outdoor activities including paddle boarding, fun on the sand dunes, and a boat or forest trip, all with mindfulness activities tied in!

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The Abyss Project logo

For our Australian prize, we have partnered with The Abyss Project to offer an incredible experience to work with leading marine scientists. What’s included? Winners will assist the team out at sea in undertaking research, they’ll get up close and personal with Australian Fur Seals and observe migrating Humpback Whales in the wild.

To read the competition guidelines and to enrol your school and a group of up to 10 fellow students, complete the form below before 17 July, 2020!

The competition is open to all secondary schools within Australia and New Zealand; schools must already be signed up to the Plastic Oceans Australasia Education Program or must submit the competition expression of interest form below before 17 July, 2020.

Submit your online proposal here

Proposals are invited for AELA's biennial Earth Laws Conference - "Earth Laws Asia Pacific - Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit", which is planned for 14-16 October 2020 (AEST/Brisbane Time, Australia)

About the Conference

The escalating impacts of climate change are being felt around the Asia Pacific region. As Australian communities recover and rebuild from a summer of horrific bush fires, other communities are coping with sea-level rise, flooding, forced transition of cities and communities to safe zones, increasing environmental deterioration and biodiversity loss. With the outbreak of COVID-19, environmental protection efforts have changed in many parts of the world and there is much to learn from and share with each other.

This conference invites participants to share research and project updates, and work together to progress collaborative projects. This year's conference will bring together First Nations peoples, legal experts, and legal practitioners from around the Asia Pacific region (in person and via Zoom). It will also bring ocean rights and the law of the sea experts together with Earth laws experts focused on terrestrial land and biodiversity management.


The dates for our 2020 conference were set in late 2019, before the outbreak of the COVID19 virus. The Conference was originally planned to be held in Brisbane, Australia. Due to ongoing travel restrictions, this conference will now be hosted entirely online. A wonderful, connected art exhibition "Voices of Nature" will still be held in Brisbane during 14-16 October, and all local speakers will be invited to attend a small dinner and special visit to the art exhibition.  A draft program will be available in late August, but if you have any questions, please email: 


Please submit your proposal by 30 July via our online form.

Proposals are invited from people who would like to share research and project updates, and work together to progress collaborative projects, at AELA's biennial Earth Laws Conference: "Earth Laws Asia Pacific: Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit", being held in Brisbane 14-16 October 2020.

The Conference invites participants to address any of the following questions:

  • How are innovative Earth laws and Rights of Nature laws supporting the Earth community? How can such laws be improved to be more effective?

  • How are First Nations Peoples and their legal systems influencing and leading Earth centred
    governance and/or challenging colonisation in the 21st Century?

  • What role can Earth centred law and governance play in building biodiverse societies?

  • What lessons can we share and learn from around the Asia Pacific region, that will support and
    nurture diverse Earth centred cultures and legal approaches?

Proposals may cover any of the following interconnected topics:

EARTH—vegetation management, regenerative agriculture, healthy soils, animal law, biodiversity protection, innovative land management, challenging extractivism, climate change mitigation and adaptation, land use planning, consumption and production, ecological limits.

SEA—marine species, protected areas, managing fisheries, coastal zone and catchment management, climate change and sea-level rise, sea bed mining, cultural connections to oceans and waterways.

FIRE—fire management, community resilience, new approaches to human settlements in
response to increasingly destructive fire seasons.

SPIRIT—interconnectedness and relationship-based governance approaches, restoration, and healing, cultural and ethical values, eco-spirituality, mental & physical health.

Proposals can include:

  • Academic papers (15 minutes)

  • Panels, peer-to-peer training sessions, and workshops (50 minutes)

  • Discussion groups and yarning circles (25 & 50 minutes)

  • Performances and experiential activities (5, 10 or 20 minutes)

Submit your proposal by 30 July 2020 via our online form

Contact - events@earthlaws.org.au


  • Dr Mary Graham, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland and Kombumerri First Nations person

  • Professor Brendan Mackey, Griffith Climate Change Response Program, Australia

  • Professor Klaus Bosselmann, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance

  • Dr Nicole Rogers, Southern Cross University, Australia

  • Victor David, L'Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD), New Caledonia

  • Mari Margil, Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, USA

  • Daniel Hikuroa, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Enteng Bautista, Kalikasan, Philippines

  • Dr Alessandro Pelizzon, Southern Cross University, Australia

  • Michelle Bender, Earth Laws Center, USA

  • Erin Fitz-Henry, University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Dr Fran Humphries, Griffith Law School, Australia

  • Dr Erin O'Donnell, Melbourne Law School

Updates about Conference Speakers will be available on the Conference website in August

AELA is hosting an exciting arts program in October 2020, in connection with the Earth Laws Asia Pacific Conference, and as part of our "Rights of Nature Week" in Australia.  To find out more, please visit our Earth Arts Website, and join the AELA email list for updates during the year.

AELA's Program Themes

AELA's mission is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, ethics, eco-spirituality, education and the arts. 

For more info visit AELA www.earthlaws.org.au/

Applications Now Open For NRCF'S Recovery & Resilience Grants Program

Community organisations are in an important position to respond directly to community need arising from current and future crises – and the NRCF wants to help them survive and thrive.

The Recovery & Resilience Grants Program will support not for profit community groups across the Northern Rivers that have been impacted by a recent disaster, such as a flood, bushfire, or COVID-19.  

Focused on funding solution-based responses to current challenges faced, this Program encourages community organisations to become more resilient and regenerative in their approach to natural disasters and crises.
Not for profit groups and organisations across the 7 LGAs of the Northern Rivers are invited to apply for small grants from $2,000 - $10,000, with an average grant recommendation of $4,000 - $5,000.
This Grants program is funded through NRCF's Resilience and Regeneration Fund, in partnership with Portland House Foundation and the James Frizelle Charitable Foundation.

The Application Form is now available for download here. The Grant Round closes at midnight on Monday 17 August.

Further enquiries can be directed to info@nrcf.org.au or 0499 862 886.

If you are a service organisation or LGA Council we would greatly appreciate you distributing this message to your network or community.