Time to get growing! Countdown awards a record $75,000 of Growing for Good grants to Kiwi schools and ECEs

Hundreds of Aotearoa’s youngest environmentalists, gardeners and conservation heroes will be kicking off sustainability projects this term thanks to $75,000 of Countdown Growing for Good grants, awarded to 71 schools and early childhood centres across the country.

Countdown’s Growing for Good grants aim to help foster New Zealand’s next generation of budding environmentalists, and inspire Kiwi kids to learn about and preserve the environment.

A full list of recipients is below. Successful projects include weka-safe chicken coops for rescue chickens at the Hira Rural Kindergarten in Nelson, vegetable garden restoration following extensive flooding at the Sunny Days Early Childhood Centre in Napier and 

General Manager Sustainability, Kiri Hannifin, says they were delighted to receive a record number of applications for the grants with more than 500 early childhood centres, primary and intermediate schools throwing their hat in the ring.

“It was no easy feat making our final choices this year and in the end we decided to award an extra $25,000 of grants to meet the incredible passion we’ve seen from schools and ECEs in their applications” says Kiri Hannifin. 

“It’s been inspiring to see so many projects flourish over the first two years of our Growing for Good grants and we’re excited to watch another round of schools and ECEs lead the way in sustainability.

“As a food-focussed business, Countdown knows what a critical role our environment plays in Aotearoa’s long-term sustainable future and we’re really pleased to have ended up with a variety of projects from berry farms to insect havens and sensory gardens that all have a strong focus on protecting our precious environment for generations to come.” says Kiri Hannifin.


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