School programs

Cessnock City Council supports a number of environmental education initiatives for schools in the Cessnock Local Government Area:

Dirtgirlworld’s 'Get Grubby Program'

Council has subscribed to the Get Grubby program for early childhood and early primary years (up to Year 3). 

The program focuses on the enrichment of the early learner and support for their educators around environmental sustainability.

To find out how you can be involved, please email

Plants & compost supply 

Council provides schools and preschools with native plants and compost (produced from our garden organics kerbside collection) for events such as World Environment Day or National Tree Day.

School environment grants

Schools are encouraged to apply if they're planning or undertaking a project that has an environmental focus. Eligible past projects include:

  • Vegetable, sensory, bush-tucker and native gardens, chicken coups, compost or worm-farms
  • Native animals and birds habitat projects
  • Waste reduction, energy or water saving projects
  • Environmental competitions, excursions or teacher training

Grants for 2023 are now open and close on Friday 24 February 2023. Guidelines and application forms have been posted to school principals or can be accessed here(PDF, 132KB).