The Tree Levy - Grants to schools for native trees and shrubs

Applications open throughout term 2

The Tree Levy information and requirements are revised annually. Please read the full 2021 application authorisation form when applying for a grant.

For further information, please email mail@nswtf.org.au with the phrase "Tree Levy" in the subject line.

What is the Tree Levy?
The Tree Levy is an annual grants scheme funded by Federation. The scheme aims to offset the environmental impact of the union’s activities via a levy on the paper used by Federation. This provides funding for the purchase of native trees for planting in public school grounds. The Tree Levy helps the environment, improves our public schools and positively promotes the union in the local community.

Schools are invited each year to apply for a grant of up to $600 to purchase native trees and woody shrubs. Schools must have an elected Federation Representative in the year of the grant application.

How do schools apply for a Tree Levy grant?
School Federation Representatives are informed by email in terms 1 and 2 that the Tree Levy applications are open. Fed Reps are responsible for ensuring that their primary email address held by Federation is correct.

How do I choose the right native trees?
Schools applying for grants in previous years have reported to Federation that they found the Gardening with Angus website helpful to identify native species suitable for their school site and conditions.

What are the requirements?

Each application must include:

  • a detailed written quote from a plant nursery, listing the specific native plants and their costs. Contact details for the plant nursery must be included
  • between 1–4 ‘before’ photos of the proposed site for planting, or a map of the proposed site
  • the name of their school’s elected 2021 Federation Representative.

Schools funded previously are usually not eligible for a Tree Levy grant unless special circumstances apply.

Details of all criteria and requirements are included in the 2021 application authorisation form.

When can schools apply?
Applications open in term 2. Information will be published in Federation's journal Education, and Fed Reps will also be notified by email when applications are open.

How are schools notified about the success of their Tree Levy grant application?
A Federation Tree Levy Committee meets after August Council to consider each application and makes recommendations to the General Secretary. Successful schools are emailed and receive the grant by early term 4, along with a certificate to present to the school at an assembly or equivalent forum such as the P&C.

Can we apply if our school received a Tree Levy grant in previous years?
The Tree Levy committee prioritises schools that have not yet received a prior year grant.

Schools that have been awarded a prior year grant must outline special circumstances for consideration of any further grant. Such considerations may include a large school site, multiple-campus schools, changes to site conditions, or other circumstances unique to the school.

Do schools need to promote the Federation Tree Levy grant?
Yes! As a condition of accepting a Tree Levy grant, the school is expected to inform their community about the environmental grant provided by Federation.

Promotional ideas that schools have used previously included:

  • a rolling digital photo display of the planting process, exhibited in the school's foyer
  • an article on the school's website
  • posts to Facebook, Twitter and other social media
  • informing the P&C and Aboriginal Education Consultative Group of Federation’s Tree Levy grant
  • media release to local newspapers about your school receiving the grant
  • regular updates on the project in the school newsletter
  • street signboard acknowledging Federation
  • Tree Levy certificate displayed in the school’s foyer
  • a plaque unveiled in the school grounds with local MPs invited to the opening
  • Federation Organiser invited to present the grant at a school assembly, with parents in attendance.  

Can the application include tools, non-native plants, transport costs or other gardening products?
No. The Tree Levy grant provides funds to a school for, and can only be used for, the sole purpose of purchasing native trees and native shrubs. Funding is not provided for any other purpose.

For example, the terms of the grant do not include items such as herbs, ground-covers, small plants, rockeries, installations or murals.

Further information?
For further information please contact the Federation on (02) 9217 2100 or email mail@nswtf.org.au with the phrase "Tree Levy" in the subject line.

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