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Woolies offers $1m boost for school environmental projects

The latest round of the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program has opened, offering schools and early learning centres the chance to share in over $1 million.

Since 2018, the program – a partnership between Woolworths and Landcare Australia – has provided more than $5 million in grants to almost 5000 primary schools and early learning centres across Australia. This has seen more than 400,000 students getting hands-on with nature and caring for the environment in their community.

Woolworths Director of Stores Jeanette Fenske says the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is all about supporting fun and engaging learning experiences that can help younger generations connect with natural environments.

“Our store teams across Australia have been proud to connect with local schools who have previously been awarded a grant thanks to our long-standing partnership with Landcare Australia,” she says.

“We’ve been impressed how the funding we’ve provided has helped enhance their local school community and supported students in learning more about local landscapes, native animals, sustainability and how they can care for the environment.”

Landcare Australia CEO Dr Shane Norrish says being outdoors in the natural environment has positive benefits for the mental health and wellbeing of children.

“The partnership between Woolworths and Landcare Australia has enabled hundreds of educators an opportunity to provide meaningful environmental education programs,” he says.

“These programs offer experiences that are helping children learn how they can care for the land and be the next generation of Landcare leaders.”

Applications for the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program are now open until 15 March. The grants offer primary schools and early learning centres the opportunity to apply for up to $1000. For more details, visit juniorlandcare.org.au.

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