Federation funds an annual grants scheme called the Tree Levy to offset the environmental impact of the union’s activities via a notional levy on the paper used by the Federation. The grant provides funding for the purchase of native trees and native shrubs for planting in public school grounds.
The Tree Levy helps the environment, improves our public schools and positively promotes the union in the local community. Schools are invited each year to submit an application for a grant of up to $400 to purchase native trees and shrubs.
How to apply: School Federation Representatives are informed by email in term 2 that the Tree Levy applications are open for a limited period of time. Fed Reps are responsible for ensuring that their primary email address held by the Federation is correct.
Requirements: All criteria and requirements are included in the 2016 application form. A detailed written quote from a plant nursery listing the specific native plants and their costs must be included with the application. Contact details for the plant nursery must be included.
It is also a requirement that the Federation Representative or Federation Workplace Committee member attend the local Teachers Association meeting in term 2 to have the school’s application endorsed. Association meeting dates can be found in the Federation website calendar. Tree Levy applications that do not have a completed Association endorsement page will not be funded.
Schools funded previously are usually not eligible for a Tree Levy grant for about three years.
When to apply: Completed applications, inclusive of the written quote and the Association endorsement, must be emailed to the Federation before the last day of term 2, Friday, July 1, 2016. Please email your completed application as a PDF file marked to the attention of Cameron Malcher, Officer attached to the Tree Levy.
Make sure your applications are sent promptly and are carefully completed because funds for the Tree Levy are limited. Use the checklist and submit the application as early as possible in term 2 so that any necessary liaison can occur.
Notification of winners: A Federation Tree Levy committee considers each application and makes recommendations to the General Secretary. Successful schools are emailed and receive the grant by early term 4 along with a certificate presented to the Fed Rep at the local Teachers Association meeting.
Promotion needs: As a condition of accepting a Tree Levy grant, the school is required to inform their community about the environmental grant provided by Federation. Schools must describe carefully in their application how they will promote the grant project and Federation’s contribution. Promotional ideas include:
- media release to local newspapers about your school receiving the grant
- regular updates on the project in the school newsletter
- street signboard acknowledging the NSW Teachers Federation
- Tree Levy certificate displayed in the foyer
- a “Gonski Grove” plaque unveiled in the school grounds with local MPs invited to the opening
- Federation Organiser invited to present the grant at a school assembly, with parents in attendance
- a rolling digital photo display of the planting process, exhibited in the school’s foyer
- article on the school’s website
- posts to Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Please note that the Tree Levy grant can only be used for the sole purpose of purchasing native trees and native shrubs. Funding is not provided for any other purpose.
For further information please contact the Federation on (02) 9217 2100 or by email marked for Cameron Malcher, Officer attached to the Tree Levy.