Get a Bee Bonus for your School or Community!

Woolworths gets the next generation of environmental champions buzzing with $1.5million in grants for Australian schools

Primary schools and early learning centres across the country are set to get a Bee Bonus as part of a $1.5million investment by Woolworths into the 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant program.

Recipients can use the grant to grow a vegetable or bush tucker garden, composting, worm farm or other environmental projects in their schools and communities, helping to educate the younger generation about the importance of the environment.

Primary schools and early learning centres can also apply for a Bee Bonus, in addition to the $1,000 grant. The Bee Bonus offers $500 of extra funding to support the conservation of Australia’s bee population.

With bees and pollination a crucial part of the horticultural and agricultural industry in Australia, schools and early learning centres can use the Bee Bonus in the development of native beehives, pollinator gardens or bee education programs. The contribution will help schools to do their part to support bees so they can continue their good work in the environment.

Woolworths General Manager Community, Peter O’Sullivan said: “Our Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program is all about inspiring Aussie environmental champions. The Bee Bonus puts the spotlight on the impact honey bees and native bees have on our ecosystem, creating awareness and encouraging positive action.

Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish said: “Junior Landcare helps young Australians develop skills, share knowledge, create new experiences and foster connections with place and community.

“Bees and pollination are integral to our environment and the new Bee Bonus will help grow students’ understanding of our native habitats, why bees are an important part of our ecosystem and their role in fresh food production and supporting biodiversity through pollination.”

Primary schools and early learning centres can find out more about the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants and apply here: Grant applications open 10 February with grants to be provided by the end of the year.

The program is being funded with money made from the sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good which was launched in 2018 when the supermarket went single-use plastic bag free across all stores nationwide.