Dirty Gloves in Schools Grants

We are offering schools in the Toowoomba region grants of up to $1,000 thanks to a QMDC ‘Dirty Gloves in Schools’ program sponsored by Total Tools.Chloe Myers, David Bosman, Mitch Kilah,Jane Orme, Shelley Purser, Katie Munchows

Due to demand and thanks to Total Tools’ ongoing commitment, secondary schools in the Toowoomba region can apply for up to $1,000 for projects based on sustainability such as vegie patches, the purchase of irrigation and energy efficient appliances or to improve school ground biodiversity.

Here is the list of successful applicants to date: 
  • Wilsonton State High School (SHS) -  $1,000 for a new kitchen garden that produces healthy snack food. The school will build an edible garden, an irrigation system, a worm farm and upcycle wooden pallets as tables and chairs at their Agricultural Field Studies Centre – a facility they shared with schools throughout the district.
  • Toowoomba Flexi School (pictured above) - $1,000 to build a greenhouse at the old Ravensbourne School site where they are creating an environmental hub for students to do Land and Conservation Management and Horticulture courses. The school hopes to eventually start selling plants and vegies produced in the greenhouse at farmers markets. 
  • Centenary Heights State High School - $1,000 for the EcoAction Environment Club which is using the funds to reduce rubbish and landfill generated by the school community by installing food scrap and compost bins to fertilise the school’s gardens. 
  • Oakey State High School -  $1,000 for students to plan, design and build an irrigated, edible kitchen garden within its Ag Centre.

To apply for this grant have a look at the Dirty Gloves In Schools Grants Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions, and send the completed application form to info@qmdc.org.au.

Current round:
  • Closes March 3. Decisions announced on March 17. Project period: 5 months (ends August 17, 2017)
Future rounds:
  • Applications open in April 2017, closing May 26. Decisions announced June 2.  Project period: 5 months (ends November 2)
  • Applications open July 2017, closing September 15. Decisions announced October 3. Project period: must be completed by the end of Term 1, 2018. (Please note: applicants for this round should detail both 2017 project manager and 2018 project manager if staffing changes between 2017 and 2018.)
To find out more contact Shelley Purser on shelleyp@qmdc.org.au or call 07 4637 6200. 


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