Countdown Growing for Good Grants

Growing for Good was launched in 2018, and aims to help encourage Aotearoa’s next generation of budding environmentalists, gardeners and conservationists. In our first two rounds we’ve funded $50,000 of cool little projects right across the country in schools and early childhood centres.

We’re delighted to have now chosen our 2021 Growing for Good grant recipients. This year we’re proud to have awarded a record $75,000 of Countdown Growing for Good grants to 71 early childhood centres, primary and intermediate schools! There were so many amazing entries for projects ranging from berry farms to insect havens and sensory gardens - congratulations to everyone and thanks so much for applying.

Applications are now closed for the 2021 Growing for Good grants. Guidelines for the grants can be found here. Any questions, please email

Growing for Good Grants 2021 Recipients:


  • Blomfield Special Education and Resource Centre
  • Montessori Children’s House
  • Te Kohanga Reo o Manaakitia 
  • Poroti School
  • Giggles Learning Centre
  • Totara Grove


  • Manurewa Intermediate School
  • Kaurilands School
  • Totaravale Playcentre
  • Waikowhai Intermediate School
  • Otahuhu Kindergarten
  • Aranga Early Childhood Centre
  • Nga Taonga Early Childhood Centre
  • Blockhouse Bay Playcentre
  • Kelston Primary School
  • Massey Playcentre
  • Papakura Playcentre
  • St Johns Kindreds


  • Central Kids Dinsdale Early Learning Centre
  • Antarctica Early Learning School
  • Central Kids Whaihanga Early Learning Centre
  • Laughton Kindergarten
  • Tendershoots Kindergarten Waitoa
  • Turua School
  • Moanataiari School
  • Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School
  • Waihi Kindergarten

Bay of Plenty:

  • Little Orchard Preschool
  • Karamuramu Kindergarten
  • Reporoa Playcentre
  • Koutu Playcentre
  • Brookfield Kindergarten
  • Welcome Bay Playcentre
  • Nga Poutoko A Mua
  • Little Moments Childcare


  • Whataupoko Playcentre

Hawke’s Bay:

  • Sunny Days Early Childhood Centre 
  • St Joseph’s Primary School


  • Oakura School
  • Tikorangi Playcentre


  • West End School
  • St Mary’s School


  • Birchville School
  • Days Bay Playcentre
  • St Claudine Thevenet
  • Titahi Bay School
  • Totara Park School
  • Little Adventurers’ Early Learning Centre
  • Educare Kapiti
  • Gladstone School


  • St Mary’s School
  • Nelson/Tasman: 
  • Stoke Kindergarten
  • Hira Rural Kindergarten
  • Oasis Education Centre


  • Te Hohepa Kōhanga Reo
  • Hornby Pasifika Early Learning Centre
  • Building Blocks Community Kindergarten
  • Southbrook School
  • North New Brighton Playcentre
  • Southbrook School
  • Mosgiel Playcentre
  • Amberley Playcentre
  • Waimataitai Kindergarten
  • Bella Montessori Preschool


  • Mornington Playcentre
  • Otago University Childcare Centre
  • Fairfield Play and Learn
  • Queenstown Playcentre


  • Surrey Park Early Learning Centre