Thank-you to all Mini Grants 2022 applicants who applied! We’ll contact you in the next few days to confirm your application outcome.
In the meantime, we are excited to have received ten generous $500 Mini Grants from our friends at Conservation Landholders Tasmania to fund Tasmanian projects.
Inspired by the incredible life and conservation legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots Mini Grants is a rewarding, seed-funding initiative to promote respect and compassion for all living things in Australia.
Bring your big idea to life with $500 from the Une Parkinson Foundation and mentoring from the Roots & Shoots Australia network. Together we can make the world a better place!
How will I benefit?
If successful, you will receive:
- A $500 gift card to bring your big idea to life in Tasmania
- Advice and guidance from a friendly Mini Grants Mentor
- Access to the online Mini Grants Community to share resources and ideas with the world
- A chance to present your impact story across the Asia Pacific region
You’ll have a chance to join the Roots & Shoots Australia national youth leadership programs, and grow as a local change-maker!
How can I apply?
To apply, register as a Roots & Shoots member by clicking here.
Then apply! Applications close Friday 31 December.
Frequently Asked Questions
2021 Key Dates
- Friday 31st December: Mini-Grant applications close
- Applicants receive acknowledgment email within three weeks of applying
- Friday 21st January: All applicants notified of outcome
- Friday 28th January: Welcome Packs & Mini-Grants emailed
2022 Key Dates
- March: Project Progress Check-In
- June: All projects completed
Mini Grants are available to Roots & Shoots Australia members only. Becoming a member is easy and completely free! Simply register here to become a Roots & Shoots Australia Member. Individuals, community groups, school groups, non-profit groups, and families can become Roots and Shoots Australia Members and are therefore able to apply for a Mini Grant if their project meets the eligibility criteria.
For the current Tasmanian Mini Grants round, Roots & Shoots members living in Tasmania are eligible to apply.
Any project that will help create positive outcomes for animals, people, or the environment is eligible!
You can expect to hear back from our friendly team in late January 2022. If you’re successful, you’ll receive a Welcome Email detailing next steps and pairing you with a Roots & Shoots Mini Grants Mentor.
Your Roots & Shoots Mini Grant will be received in the form of a gift card contained within a Welcome Pack emailed to your nominated email address.
After your application success is confirmed, you will receive your Mini Grant in late January 2021.
You will have the chance to share your impact through:
- Roots & Shoots Mini Grants Progress Report and Final Report
- Roots & Shoots Global Forum within the Asia Pacific Region
Plus, we’ll share your impact across Australia through our community networks to inspire further action!
Roots & Shoots campaigns come in all shapes and sizes. If your campaign continues beyond the final report deadline, simply report on what you have accomplished! Be sure to also include a description of your goals for the future.
If you miss the deadline you will need to wait until the next round of JGIA Mini Grants in 2022. But never fear! Our friendly team is determined to help you complete your application in time.
Absolutely! Mini Grants is just the beginning: there are heaps of ways to get involve with Roots & Shoots across Australia, including:
- Resource Box Program
- Campaigns, including #ClimateHope and #NoWasteNovember
- National Youth Leadership Council
- Local community Events, school workshops (click here to contact your local Roots & Shoots State Coordinator)
You can check out ways to get involved at our website here!
2020/21 Mini Grant Winners
- BEE AWARE – Wombat Care Bundanoon – Community Group (NSW): Caitlin led community education about local native bee species and their habitat needs including installing stingless bee hives.
- FIRE RECOVERY – Kya’s Homeschool Project (NSW): 10-year old Kya supported Conjola communities recovery from fire by propagating native plants for wildlife, encouraging pollinators and sharing home grown produce.
- B & B HIGHWAY – Kegworth Public School (NSW): Year 3 & 4 students created a garden featuring a sub-pod (composting system), pollinator attracting plants and a stingless bee hive to be a part of Sydney’s B&B highway.
- THE ONE WHO CARES – Human Nature Projects (NSW): Elliot produced a short film to educate people about the important work that wildlife carers provide.
- WILDLIFE SANCTUARY – Museum of Fire Junior Caretakers Program (NSW): The Museum will invited and nurtured local schools to transform the under-utilised space of the Museum grounds into a wildlife sanctuary.
- UMBRELLA SPECIES – Nimbin Central Bushfood Regeneration – Nimbin Central P&C Group (NSW): Members rehabilitated their local bushland to promote habitat for umbrella species, e.g. adorable feathertail glider, koala, eastern whipbird and Richmond birdwing butterfly.
- GLIDER HEROES – Corowa Public School (NSW): Students attended DIY workshops, constructing nesting boxes and planted food trees for their local squirrel glider population.
- NATURE WALKS – Roots & Shoots Australia National Youth Leaders (TAS, QLD, SA and VIC): NYLC alumni developed a nature based education program featuring guided walks, resources, mindfulness exercises and take-away projects to engage youth with nature.
- BEES ON FARMS – Morrissey Family Farm (QLD): The family improved their farm and boosted biodiversity by providing native plant species and nest sites specifically attractive to local bees – many of which nest in the ground.
- ORGANIC POLLINATOR PARADISE – Shorncliffe Family (QLD): Conscious of the role of toxic chemicals in the decline of pollinator health and numbers, the Shorncliffe Family have championed organic native plants with a demonstration of pesticide-free farming.
- SUSTAINABLE MICRO FARM – Kenmore South School (QLD): Students built their own mini farm including a chicken coup and a thriving vegetable garden!
- GARDEN SHOWPIECE – Westbrook R&S Community Group (QLD): By partnering with the Toowoomba Botanic Gardens (Toowoomba council) the Toowoomba R&S group showcased sustainable gardening practices by creating a water-wise, wildlife friendly, Indigenous Garden and Seed Library,
- FOR THE BIRDS & BEES – Environmental Action Group Westminster School (SA): This environmental action group sprung into action to create a garden and insect hotels to attract bees and birds, supporting their Year 7 education program.
- CRAFTING FOR A CAUSE – R&S SA Community Group (SA): Creating warm blankets, sleeping bags and scarves for Adelaide’s homeless community, as well as animal bedding and pouches for wildlife in care, this crafty bunch worked with community networks to promote skills and education opportunities.
- WOMBAT SCHOOL – Diamond Creek Primary School (VIC): This fabulous incentive saw the school install modifications to welcome existing wombats while protecting school gardens and play areas from zealous digging, including raised garden beds and wombat gates in pre-existing fences.
- SOLAR FOOD Victory Lutheran College (VIC): By installing solar powered composting cones this school transformed food waste into nutritious plant food.
- LIZARD LOUNGE & BUTTERFLY HAVEN – Sherbourne Primary School (VIC): Mindful of the differing needs in the development of the threatened Eltham Copper Butterfly, students provided host plants for caterpillars and nectar filled flowers for butterflies, and top off the garden with a few lizard lounges to encourage reptiles too.
- GARDENING FOR LIFE – South West Institute of TAFE School of Education (VIC): TaFE students developed skills in landscaping, garden design and plant identification but in building a sensory garden for their local primary school.
- BRING ON THE BATS – Wallington Primary School (VIC): Students worked with local community groups to install nest boxes and habitat to encourage (and monitor) mosquito-loving micro bats.
- COMMUNITY ROOFTOP GARDEN – Riverside Kensington Community Group (VIC): In involving local families to create a thriving edible rooftop garden in urban Melbourne, this project will developed a Seed Library & Rooftop Garden to grow tenant food.
- NIGHTLIFE – Fordham Avenue Kindergarten (VIC): To introduce young minds to the nocturnal world, this preschool provided sustainable wind-up torches and teaching support to encourage preschool families to explore the world by night.
- BINOWEE BUSHLAND – Watsonia Height Primary School (VIC): Inspired by meeting local indigenous elders, the junior school council planted a native garden nourished by a school compost system.
- DIRT PROJECT – Chairo Christian School Pakenham Campus (VIC): Students designed recycled art pieces including nature frames, painted rocks and even a R&S Thank-you Banner ahead of making physical improvements for biodiversity and further establishing their vegetable garden with added support for local pollinators.
- RESOURCE SAVVY – Lara Lake Public School (VIC): In their journey to becoming a ‘Resource Smart School,’ students implemented sustainable practises addressing composting, energy, water, biodiversity and food production.
- FOREST CLASSROOM – Lyneham Primary School (ACT): Understanding the need for trees, students planted a school forest to combat climate change, sequester carbon and encourage wildlife.
- TRADITIONAL EDIBLE GARDEN – Aboriginal Education Services (TAS): Under the guidance of an Aboriginal Education Specialist, West Ulverstone Primary School learnt sustainable land management including growing an indigenous edible garden.
- PLANT PROPAGATION POD – Future Energy Team, Huonville High School (TAS): Recycling PET bottles as containers for native plant propagation, the Future Energy Team planted water-saving wicking beds, and invited local primary schools to student led workshops.
2019 Mini Grants Winners
- Abby Gee (NSW): Work with local school and community to rehabilitate koala habitat in the Northern Rivers area.
- Annangrove Public School (NSW): Rehabilitate habitat addressing specific needs of locally threatened population of Glossy Black Cockatoos.
- Ava Webster (QLD): Work with Kenmore Girl Guides and Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland to address specific issues threatening the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.
- Emily Walker (QLD): Campaign and create workshops to educate about waste management (particularly single use and soft plastics packaging) and climate change initiatives.
- Mark Oliphont College (SA): The college worked alongside indigenous educators, AAEE and the Bring Back the Butterflies Project to educate students in creating habitat for local pollinators and other invertebrates.
- Mac Robertson Girls High School (VIC): Multiple projects to raise awareness about sustainability and provide workshops and solutions to educate fellow students.
- Portland North Primary School (VIC): As a proactive solution to removing tree branches, students planted under-story beneath large trees that provided for local species and by default, created a student safe zone as well. The added bonus of this project was increasing awareness of local species needs and students connection to nature.
- Margaret River Independent School (WA): Frog pond targeted for eight specific frog species (assisted by Frog Watch) with occurrence monitored for citizen science project run by Western Australian Museum.
- Kalamunda Primary School Environment Committee (WA): Frog pond (with solar pump to circulate water) and habitat for pollinators including constant flowering source and butterfly and bee hotels. Compost generated at school was used on garden and students benefited from first hand observation of life cycles.