Are you passionate about caring for animals, people and the environment?
Do you have a big idea needing $200 to bring it to life?
Would you benefit from a friendly mentor and free resources?
If this sounds like you, you’ll be a perfect fit for Mini Grants!
Inspired by the incredible life and conservation legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, Roots & Shoots Mini Grants is a rewarding, seed-funding initiative with a mission to promote respect and compassion for all living things in Australia.
Bring your big idea to life with $200 from the Une Parkinson Foundation and mentoring from the Roots & Shoots Australia network. Together we can take action to make the world a better place for people and the planet!
How will I benefit?
If successful, you will receive:
- A $200 gift card to bring your big idea to life
- 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 at national Roots & Shoots conferences and across the Asia Pacific region,
You’ll have a chance to create new friendships and share conservation ideas. You’ll also be able to access free resources and 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
2021 Key Dates
- Fri 19th November : Mini-Grant applications close
- Applicants receive acknowledgment email within three weeks of applying
- Friday 3rd December: All applicants notified of outcome
- Monday 6th December: Welcome Packs & Mini-Grants mailed
2022 Key Dates
- March 2022: Project Progress Check-In
- June: All project 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.
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 within three weeks. 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 mailed to your nominated postal address.
After your application success is confirmed, you will receive your Mini Grant in early December 2021.
You will have the chance to share you 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 at that time. 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 2023. 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!
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Roots & Shoots Australia Mini Grants are supported by funds from the Une Parkinson Foundation
2019 Mini Grants Winners
Abby Gee (NSW): Work with local school and community to rehabilitate koala habitat in the Northern Rivers area. ($500)
Annangrove Public School (NSW): Rehabilitate habitat addressing specific needs of locally threatened population of Glossy Black Cockatoos. ($250)
Ava Webster (QLD): Work with Kenmore Girl Guides and Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland to address specific issues threatening the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. ($500)
Emily Walker (QLD): Campaign and create workshops to educate about waste management (particularly single use and soft plastics packaging) and climate change initiatives ($250).
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. ($500)
Mac Robertson Girls High School (VIC): Multiple projects to raise awareness about sustainability and provide workshops and solutions to educate fellow students. ($500)
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. ($250)
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. ($500)
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. ($250)