All school types – Catholic, Independent and Public are eligible to enter all categories.
Maxicrop – Edible Garden Grant: two per school category = 6 grants @ $500 each
Produce (vegetable, fruit, herb & bush tucker) gardens in which students are involved in planning, growing, preparing, consuming or serving the products in their school and/or wider community.
NGIV – Biodiversity Garden Grant: two per school category = 6 grants @ $500 each
A garden design to save the plants, animals and micro-organisms and support the ecosystems of which they are a part.
Independent Schools Victoria – Sensory Garden Grant: two per school category = 6 grants @ $500 each
A garden that stimulates the use of the five senses. May include; scented and edible plants, water features designed to make sound and play over the hands, textured plants, use of colour, etc.
Catholic Education Melbourne – School Yard Make Over Grant: 3 x one per school category @ $1,000
A larger scale project to improve a school yard’s green environment and student’s connection with nature.
Department of Education & Training – Maintenance Grant: one per school category per regional catchment = 24 @ $300 each
Provides funds for schools to tidy/repair an existing garden/area that needs some work to bring it back to order.
Fleming’s Nurseries Orchard Establishment Grant: one orchard valued @ $1,000
Turf Victoria – Turf Establishment Grant: 1 x 300 square metres turf package & services valued at $4,500
Preparation and installation of the turf will be the responsibility of the school with guidance from the turf provider. Delivery and consultation costs are included.
Schools who receive the Turf Establish Grant will be required to provide at least three photos – one prior to the turf being laid, one of the installation and one after its completion, to the VSGA for promotional use in an article.
Australian Growing Solutions – Garden Compost Grant: one package including delivery valued at $2,000
A compost mix for vegetables gardens (4-6 cubic metres). Provider to discuss individual requirements with the winner.
The school who receives the Garden Compost Grant will be required to provide at least three photos – one prior to the compost being used, one of the installation and one after its completion, to the VSGA for promotional use in an article.
Takasho VegTrug Package Grant: one package valued @ $1,000 includes delivery and set up
One medium VegTrug with frame, shade covers and side table, and four different size trellis frames.
All grants (with the exception of the Turf , Orchard, AGS and VegTrug products) will be provided in the form of nursery vouchers. A list of NGIV retail nursery members will be provided with the vouchers. 2017 Grant vouchers must be used prior to 31 December 2017.
Due to differing school types and sizes, there are three categories for entry into the Victorian Schools Garden Awards. You will be required to select your school category during the online entry process.
- Primary and Special Schools with less than 280 pupils
- Primary and Special Schools with more than 281 pupils
- P–9, P–12 and all Secondary Colleges.