The next generation of environmental champions across Goulburn and Southern Tablelands are set to benefit from the largest ever round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants.
Primary schools in Goulburn and Southern Tablelands have been awarded grants of up to $1000, to help local students enhance native habitats, improve sustainable food production and recycling or support waste management projects at their school.
This year's grants also placed an emphasis on the importance of bees and pollinators in the environment with applicants offered extra funding of up to $500 for projects that directly support the conservation of Australia's bee population.
Woolworths Goulburn and Southern Tablelands Store Manager, Nathan Edwards said, "We're pleased to help Goulburn and Southern Tablelands schools create a better tomorrow though this year's Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants.
"The grants will not only help Goulburn and Southern Tablelands schools create and maintain projects that support the local community to go greener, but will also have students buzzing with the opportunity to support and protect our native bee population."
Almost $2 million ($1.996 million) worth of grants will be provided by Woolworths partnership with Landcare Australia this year to more than 1,600 primary schools and early learning centres.
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More than 1,000 schools and early learning centres nationally are also receiving the "Bee Bonus", which will go towards the development of native beehives, pollinator gardens or bee education programs.
"The Junior Landcare Program recognises the vital role young Australians play in caring for the land, their environment and other natural resources," Dr Shane Norrish, Landcare Australia CEO, said.
"Through this major grants program, Woolworths shares Junior Landcare's commitment to helping develop Goulburn and Southern Tablelands students' skills and knowledge to become the landcarers of the future."
To date, Woolworths has contributed over $3 million to more than 2,760 projects across Australia.
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The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is funded with contributions from the full price sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good™. Bag for Good was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.
Schools in Goulburn and Southern Tablelands to receive the grant include Collector Public School.
For more information on this year's recipients and to view the complete map of schools, please visit www.juniorlandcare.org.au/woolworthsgrants/map.