Funding for Eco-School Projects

What is the Eco-Schools Programme?

In our experience, school staff and pupils care deeply about environmental issues and have a strong desire to actively protect our planet. However, environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss or plastic pollution are large global issues and the thought of tackling them can be intimidating. Many of those interested in promoting education-based eco-action will wonder:

·        How and where do I begin?

  • How can I involve and engage young people?
  • How can I retain focus and momentum?
  • How can we have a positive impact on issues so numerous, overwhelming and global such as the climate crisis or marine plastic pollution?

The Eco-Schools programme provides a solution to all these questions. The Seven Step Framework has been designed as a very simple environmental management system that empowers young people to introduce and lead environmental actions and education in their school.

As pupils work through the Seven Steps they are able to pick three of the ten Eco-Schools topics to work on. All the Eco-Schools topics help young people engage with environmental issues that are important to them and their local community. They also cover a huge range of sustainability issues including the climate crisis, plastic pollution and biodiversity loss. Each topic is also entirely open to pupil interpretation.

The simplicity of the Eco-Schools Seven Step structure makes the programme flexible, meaning it can be adapted and used in any education setting whether nursery, primary, secondary, college, SEND settings or Pupil Referral Units.

Further details about the programme can be found: https://www.eco-schools.org.uk/

Funding available from the Council:

The Council shares your concerns about these issues, and is therefore supporting the Eco-Schools Programme by offering grants of up to £350 to any of the schools situated within the Parish, as well as King James and Shelley College, to contribute to the cost of working on an Eco-Schools topic.

How do Schools apply?

The full rules and an application form can be downloaded below:

Application Form - PDF

Application Form - WORD 

Eco School Grants Rules 2023-24

Applications MUST be made in advance of any purchases or orders being placed, as funding will not be approved retrospectively.

How will my application be dealt with and what are the timescales?

Applications will be considered at the monthly Council meetings between June 2023 and March 2024 inclusive.  The deadline inclusion of applications on the agenda is normally around 2 weeks before the meeting.  Please contact the Clerk to find out the exact date the documents are required for each meeting.

What happens afterwards?

Successful applicants will need to return a slip to the Council to confirm that the funding has been safely received.

Copy invoice/s will need to be supplied within 9 months of the date the grant was received, to confirm how the funding has been spent. 

Any underspend will need to be returned to the Council within 9 months of the date the grant was received.   

What happens if the project has not been completed within 9 months?

The School needs to write to the Council explaining the reasons the project is not yet complete, and either return the funding, or request an extension to the deadline.