School Sustainability and Resilience Fund

In early 2024 we received 38 applications for our School Sustainability & Resilience Fund from schools, kura, kohanga, kindergartens, early childhood education centres and other education organisations across our rohe. This year Trust Horizon, TECT and BayTrust have contributed extra funding to help make more projects a success.

Together with the community vote and the youth vote, we congratulate the 31 successful applicants who will receive funding towards their environmentally sustainable project.

We thank everyone for their contributions, time and commitment to making the 2024 funding round a great success!

School Sustainability and Resilience Fund projects for 2024.


Project Title

Beststart Papamoa Plaza

Tsunami Ready

Brookfield Kindergarten

A waste minimisation system that promotes tamariki engagement.

Central Kids Elstree Kindergarten

Ngā Kākano o Apumoana

Central Kids Ōwhata Kindergarten

Maara Kai to Pataka Kai

Fern Garden Preschool

Te Whare heihei

Glenholme Primary School

Edible Garden

Grow On Katikati Seedlings Club

Seedlings Club Educational Signage

Kidiwise Preschool and Childcare

Rainwater Tanks

Lilliput Preschool

LifeCycle Garden

Little Moments Childcare Ltd

Forest Kindergarten Māra kai

Matua Kindergarten

Sustainable Waterplay

Maungaarangi Kindergarten and Whānau Centre

To fence mara kai and create a sensory garden

Mount Maunganui Playcentre

Bike and Scooter Racks

Ōmanu Preschool

Sensory Garden

Otumoetai College

Stream bank restoration project

Ōtūmoetai Primary School

Te Māra Kai o Ōtūmoetai Primary - The Food Garden of Ōtūmoetai Primary

Owhatiura Lynmore Playcentre

Pi, Puawai & Putiputi (Bees, butterflies and flowers) for Owhatiura Lynmore Playcentre

Pohutukawa Preschool

Explore and Grow

Port Ōhope Playcentre

Feijoa Food Forest

Pyes Pā Playcentre

Weather Station

St Josephs Matatā

Maara Kai

Tarawera High School

Tarawera Community Garden

Te Kura o Manunui

Poipoia te kākano, kia puawai (Nurture the seed and it will bloom)

Te Kura o Maungatapu - Maungatapu School

Bike Rack for bike track and bike tool station

Te Puke High School

Rainwater harvesting for sustainable irrigation system

Te Puna School

Māra Kai - Raised Garden Beds

The Blue Cottage Early Learning Centre

Harvesting Rain and Wind, growing kaitiakitanga

Trident High School - Science

Te Māra Kai Garden Development

Tūhura Wilderness

Tūhura Wellbeing & Kai Food Forest

Whakamārama School

Uru Huarākau - Whakamārama School Orchard

Whakatāne Intermediate School

School Composting Programme


At the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, our work guides and supports the region's environmental sustainable development. This is focused around four outcomes we're working towards for the community; a healthy environment, freshwater for life, safe and resilient communities, and a vibrant region.

The School Sustainability and Resilience Fund helps support the work we do, and we invite all schools, kura, kohanga, kindergartens, early childhood education centres and other education organisations across our rohe to design and plan an environmentally sustainable and resilience project.

Key Information

  1. Design and decide your project.
  2. Complete and submit the application form provided on the "Apply to the fund" tab.
  3. The fun part! Involve your community in the voting process. This fund will have multiple winners and voting is a fun way to support your project and other projects across the region.
  4. Second chance voting round by the Youth Panel.
  5. The people have spoken! The winners will be announced.

All schools, kura, kohanga, kindergartens, early childhood education centres and other education organisations across our rohe are eligibile to apply to this fund.

Projects must contribute to one or more of the following categories:

  • Raising awareness of and understanding natural hazards and/or climate change risks.
  • Improving long-term resilience and sustainability.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Applicants can apply for $1,000 - $5,000 in funding (excl. GST)

Complete the application form either online or send via email to SSRfund@boprc.govt.nz.

Applications from the 2022 and 2023 funding rounds can reapply.

Project ideas

Project ideas could include, tsunami evacuation signs, bike racks, edible gardens, composting set-up, climate change education programmes.


Take a look at the past two years' worth of brilliant ideas and fantastic projects that young people all across our region have been involved in!