Our EcoPorts grants program helps local students grow their knowledge of and passion for the environment through funding for grassroots sustainability projects.

We have ten $1,000 grants up for grabs to schools in our port communities of Hay Point, Mackay, (Abbot Point) Bowen and Weipa.

We're proud of our international environmental story and the work we do in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, so, in 2021, we're sharing this in the classroom with the introduction of EcoTalks.

Winning schools will receive the EcoTalk experience, sharing their project with members of the NQBP environment and sustainability team.

EcoPorts: Funding grassroots projects

Who can apply

EcoPorts grants are open to primary and secondary schools in Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen and Weipa.

What's supported

The program supports a range of environmental and sustainability initiatives and it is aimed at increasing student involvement in sustainability projects that deliver long-term benefits for our community.

There’s no one type of initiative, the grants are designed to support a range of grassroots projects that engage young people and work to create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the environment.

Past EcoPorts grant recipient projects have included:

  • permaculture projects
  • recycling projects
  • the implementation of eco-friendly cutlery
  • construction of chicken coops
  • the plantation of sustainable kitchen gardens
  • environmental monitoring

How to apply

Fill in this application form. Applications close: 5pm 30 April 2021.

Applications are assessed by NQBP’s Community Relations and Environment teams.

Contact

For more information email communications@nqbp.com.au or phone (07) 4969 0772.

What is the program about?

NQBP’s EcoPorts program is a grassroots grants program aimed at increasing student involvement in sustainability projects that deliver long-term benefits for our community.

How much is provided to schools under the program?

A total of $10,000 is provided in grants, with 10 schools receiving $1,000 for their respective projects.

Who can participate?

The grants are open to primary and secondary schools in our port communities of Hay Point, Mackay, Bowen and Weipa.

How can we apply?

Fill in an application form.

How are applications judged?

Applications are assessed by NQBP’s Community Relations and Environment teams.

What type of initiatives does the EcoPorts program support?

From permaculture through to recycling, implementing eco-friendly cutlery in school canteens, building chicken coops, planting sustainable kitchen gardens and environmental monitoring initiatives - the grants have supported all types of inventive projects to date.

Will grant recipients need to do anything after they receive the grant?

Aside from working on their environmental project, each grant recipient/participating school will need to provide a progress report on their respective project in July and October via an online reporting form. The form will also allow for schools to upload photos and videos of their project.

School project updates

Schools participating in our 2021 EcoPorts grants program are asked to provide updates on their respective projects by 23 July and 26 October 2021 via an online reporting form.