For the fourth year in a row, Countdown’s Growing for Good initiative is calling for climate change focused projects to apply for the program. With $50,000 worth of grants available, applications are open until 27 May 2022.
Growing for Good aims to nurture New Zealand’s next generation of environmentalists and conservationists, by providing grants that help turn classroom learning into real-life action for students. The funding is available to all early childhood centers, primary and intermediate schools. It is also for the first time ever available to secondary school students.
“We know that responding to the climate emergency is the most important issue of our time. Our purpose is to do what we can to make Kiwi's lives better. As part of this, we have an ambitious target of reducing our carbon emissions by 63% by 2030 along with a number of other commitments designed to lessen our footprint on the planet and create a better future for us all. We hope that with this year’s Growing for Good grants we can help our younger generations take action too.” Said Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s Director of Sustainability.
“It’s been a challenging couple of years for everyone and as we look to the future, we hope that these grants inspire lots of passionate, young environmentalists to start something new - whether it’s a rain garden, green roof, a repair workshop to help build a circular economy, a program to inspire other students to use low emission transport, restoring native bush or something completely out of the box.”