The School Sustainability and Resilience Fund 2023 supports schools and early childhood education centres to carry out sustainability projects and prepare for the impacts of climate change and natural hazards.

The SSRF funding round is now complete

This year’s fund received over 700 votes from the community!

In early 2023 we received a whopping 34 applications for our School Sustainability & Resilience Fund from schools, kura, kohanga, kindergartens, early childhood education centres and other education organisations across our rohe. This fund has been allocated by the community.

There was such an overwhelming response of applications that we decided to increase the fund from $35,000 to $50,000. This means the public had $35,000 to spend, while our Youth Panel team had another $15,000 to allocate.

Congratulations to all the 16 applications that were successful in this year’s School Sustainability and Resilience Fund.

School Sustainability and Resilience Fund projects for 2023:

Education Details

School Sustainability and Resilience Project

BestStart Greerton

Our Whānau Garden

BestStart Pāpāmoa Plaza

Growing Young Kaitiaki

Central Kids Elstree Kindergarten

Ngā Kakano o Apumoana

Fern Garden Preschool

Fern Garden's Edible Garden

Happy Times Childcare

Developing and Improving our LT Sustainability in gardening and composting

Kawerau Pūtauaki School

Mara Kai - Orchard development

Little Lights Early Learning Centre

Chicken Coop and animal area

Lynmore Primary School

Promoting active modes of transport

Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre

Learning to grow your own kai

Natures Cove Early Learning Centre

The Wonder of Water Play - Harnessing the Rain

Tarawera High School

Garden to plate

Thornton School

Field Restoration Project

Trident High School

Hydroponics Garden System

Waihi Beach School

Te Ohu Taiao - Sustainable Seed Library

Waiōtahe Valley School

Poipoia. Toha. Maia, to restoring, sustain and enjoy the environment

Whakatāne Intermediate School

Whole School Syndicate Garden Project

3 x $500 voucher prize winners:

Education Details

School Sustainability and Resilience Project

Lynmore Playcentre

Playcentre Greenhouse - Growing Kai and sustainable gardeners

Te Rangihakahaka School for Science and Technology

Pakaiahi - Garden to Table Program

Te Puke Playcentre

Terraced garden development and water tank upgrade

Applications are open to all educational institutions within the Bay of Plenty, including: 

  • Primary, secondary and tertiary education providers
  • Kura
  • Kohanga
  • Early childhood education centres
  • Kindergartens

 Projects must contribute to one or more of the following categories:

  • Raising awareness of and understanding natural hazards and/or climate change risks.
  • Improving long-term resilience and sustainability.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Project ideas could include, tsunami evacuation signs, bike racks, edible gardens, composting set-up, climate change education programmes. 

Applicants can apply for $1,000 - $5,000 in funding (excl. GST).

There will be two voting rounds.

Round One - Public voting round
Rally your whanau, because the Bay of Plenty community will vote for their favourite eligible projects. The public will be able to allocate funds to their chosen projects on Participate, our online engagement platform.

Round Two - Youth Involvement round

The second round will involve the applications from the first round that were not successful (second chance opportunity). The second round will involve youth from across our rohe who will vote with a second budget. This voting round will not be open to the public.

  • Applications open: 20 February – 31 March 
  • Public online voting round open: 06 April – 05 May
  • Successful applicants announced: 30 – 31 May
  • Funds allocated: By 30 June