Schools Upgrade Fund: Upgrade Your Drinking Fountains

Transform your school’s infrastructure.

Teachers, are you thirsty for change? Look no further than the Schools Upgrade Fund Round 2. This is a $215.8 million opportunity to transform your school’s infrastructure. What’s more, this funding opportunity includes those trusty (or rusty) drinking fountains!

Submit your application: https://www.education.gov.au/schools-upgrade-fund

Old drinking fountain at a Victoria school being replaced by the modern Aquafil Hydrobank featuring vibrant blue Aboriginal artwork, symbolizing innovation and improved student hydration.

Why upgrade your school fountains?

  • Healthier Students: Improve access to clean, refreshing water. This encourages kids to hydrate and stay energised throughout the day.
  • Improved Learning: Upgrade to filtered water stations with cool art for better hydration and more fun.
  • Sustainable Outcomes: Add features like bottle-filling stations for a more sustainable approach.
  • Inclusive Environment: Create a welcoming space for everyone with accessible drinking water solutions.
A row of Civiq School Drinking Water Stations featuring distinctive Aboriginal Artwork Templates, from left to right: Aquafil Hydrobank, Aquafil Pulse, Aquafil FlexiFountain, and Aquafil Solo, providing inclusive and culturally enriched hydration options.

What school projects are eligible for funding?

The Schools Upgrade Fund covers a wide range of infrastructure upgrades. And drinking fountains definitely qualify! You can propose anything from replacing outdated wall-mounted drinking troughs to free-standing drinking water fountains.

Who can apply for funding?

All government schools across Australia that meet these criteria are eligible:

  • Received Commonwealth funding in 2023
  • Plan to operate in 2024
  • Have at least one enrolled student

School Upgrade Fund: How to apply

Choose your ideal drinking fountain and request a quote to prepare your application.

Applications open on October 31st, 2023, and close on February 29th, 2024. Submit your online application through the Schools Upgrade Fund website. Some tips to help you on your way to success:

  • Partner with your state or territory education department for early guidance and support.
  • Focus on your project based on student needs and address any accessibility concerns.
  • Highlight the positive impact your upgraded fountains will have on the school community.

Funding priorities:

Remember, the School Upgrade Fund program prioritises projects that:

  • Benefit schools in disadvantaged communities with low Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA) values.
  • Haven’t received significant capital funding in the past two years (projects over $250,000).
  • Support schools catering to disadvantaged students, such as special schools and those with a high percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Improve water access at your school

So, teachers, get your creative juices flowing. This is your chance to secure funding for improved water access. Dream up the ultimate hydration haven for your students! And create a healthier, more inclusive, and modern learning environment. Cheers to that!

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