Growing the next generation of environmental champions
Developed for primary schools and early learning centres across Australia, the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program, launched 2018, offers opportunities for primary and preschool aged children to engage in outdoor, hands-on environmental learning activities that promote the development of positive environmental, educational and social outcomes.
The grants, of up to $1000 each, encourage children to share knowledge, create experiences and develop skills so they have an understanding and appreciation of sustainable food production, indigenous perspectives, improving waste management and enhancing native habitats.
A third round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants was offered in early 2021. An emphasis on the importance of bees and pollinators in the environment was a focus with applicants offered an extra $500 for projects that directly supported the conservation of Australia’s bee population.
With 1,609 primary schools and early learning centres receiving Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants, including over 1,000 receiving the extra bee bonus, 2021 was the largest number of Junior Landcare Grants ever given out in a single round.
To date, Woolworths has contributed over $3 million to more than 2,760 projects across Australia. This means more than 200,000 Australian students are getting hands-on in caring for the environment, helping to grow the next generation of environmental champions.
Woolworths General Manager Community, Peter O’Sullivan said, “Our Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants will help schools create and maintain projects that grow the younger generation’s understanding of the importance of protecting our environment.”
The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price. Bag for Good was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.
A fourth round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants will be held in 2022. To keep updated, make sure you subscribe to our monthly eNewsletter, Junior Landcarer.