Our Grants

Group 303

Caring for the Environment

Funding goal

Real and lasting impact on young people's lives through supporting them to participate in and lead environmental projects.

Funding outcomes

  • Young people gain new environmental knowledge, skills and networks
  • Advance youth-driven approaches to environmental challenges

WHY ‘Caring for the Environment’?

We have consistently seen and heard that young people are experiencing anxiety, concern, and a sense of responsibility as our environment changes, and associate environmental issues with fear for the future.

Young people are embracing this responsibility with determination, courage and creativity.

When provided with the right information, tools, platforms and guidance, young people can plan and take effective action on environmental issues in their own way. In the process of taking action, young people develop the skills, confidence and networks to become leaders of environmental change.

We also know that many environmental organisations significantly lack capacity and resources, so many young leaders’ ideas and initiatives are not able to reach their full potential.

Photo by Sally Tsoutas
Photo by Sally Tsoutas

VFFF has a long-standing commitment to supporting rural and regional communities to drive change, and environmental issues such as extreme weather are much more visible for these communities.

First Nations knowledge and practices should be at the forefront of discussions about caring for the environment in Australia.

The opportunity we see is to build the capability of young people in Australia to turn their environmental concerns into action.

We aim to do this by advancing approaches to environmental challenges that are identified and driven by young people themselves.

We aim to support initiatives that help young people gain new environmental knowledge, skills and networks, for example through local sustainability programs, First Nations land management and supporting young rural and regional leaders.

The following are examples of the types of activities that VFFF supports in this focus area to achieve funding outcomes:

  • Supporting youth engagement in regenerative agriculture
  • Advancing local, grassroots, youth-focused approaches to conservation, biodiversity and land care
  • Encouraging the development of youth-led ideas and solutions to environmental challenges
  • Increasing knowledge and engagement of environmental issues in schools
  • Supporting youth engagement in Indigenous land management
  • Building capacity for young people to organize and act on environmental issues
  • Supporting youth involvement in community transitions to renewable energy.


VFFF does not accept unsolicited applications for this focus area.


“Much of the good things we have are despoiled by thoughtless waste… It is not too late for Australia to preserve most of its natural beauty and its native animals if only we can start conserving and replacing without any further delay.”

Sir Vincent Fairfax
Along the Scouting Trail” in Scouting in NSW newsletter, July 1968

Case Studies

Q&A: Take 3 for the Sea

In November 2021, the VFFF Grants Committee approved $49,685 towards scaling Take 3 for the Sea. This represented one of VFFF's first grants under Caring for the Environment. 
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Current Grants

Bush Heritage - Seeding the Future

Cool Australia - IPCC Report Education Project

OzGREEN - Regional Youth Leading and Succeeding

Take 3 for the Sea - Scaling Take 3

Sustain: The Australian Food Network - Building the Capacity of Young Farmers Connect

Action for Agriculture - Empowering Young Environmental Champions 

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