In June 2018, Woolworths phased out the use of single-use plastic bags across all stores nationally, launching their reusable Woolworths Bag for good™. The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is funded from 10 cents from the sale of each bag.
The Woolworths Junior Landcare program offers opportunities for schools to engage in outdoor, hands-on environmental learning activities that promote the development of positive environmental, educational and social outcomes.
As with other Junior Landcare projects, these grants aim to 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.
In 2019, two rounds of Junior Landcare Grants were offered resulting in1,155 primary schools and early learning centres across the country receiving a grant of up to $1,000 each to support the delivery of their environmental projects. These were the largest number of Junior Landcare grants ever given out in a single round.
In February 2021, applications opened for the third round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants. With up to 1,000 grants on offer, this is the largest number of Junior Landcare Grants ever given out in a single round.
Since bees and pollinators are so important to our environment, with this 2021 grants round, extra funding of up to $500 for projects that have a bee-related component is also being offered.
Grant recipients for the 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants will be announced by the middle of the year.
Woolworths also sponsors the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team Award, a category in the National Landcare Awards program. This award acknowledges a school, youth organisation or young community landcare team which contributes to raising awareness, sharing knowledge and promoting participation in landcare amongst young people.
Woolworths supports the Junior Landcare Learning Centre, an online platform providing engaging, age appropriate resources to help teachers, parents, community groups, youth groups and children build knowledge and create deeper connections to sustainable land management and conservation activities.