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Junior Ranger school-based activities

New opportunities

Applications for the Junior Rangers grant opportunity are now closed.

Junior Ranger activities

Junior Ranger activities support on-Country learning for First Nations children and young people. The government has allocated $49.93 million over 6 years to fund up to 50 new sites that will deliver junior ranger activates from 2023-2028.

The first grant applications are now open with $23.1 million for up to 35 new sites.  

Projects for First Nations primary and secondary students can include school-based activities as well on Country learning such as camps, excursions and field trips.

These activities will improve First Nations students education engagement through sharing and passing on First Nations knowledge, customary practice and caring for Country.

Who can apply?

Applications are welcome from Indigenous ranger groups, community groups and other organisations as listed in section 4 of the Junior Ranger Grant Opportunity Guidelines (GOG) available on GrantConnect.

Preference will be given to First Nations groups, including Indigenous ranger, organisation and community groups or organisations with close working relationships with Indigenous ranger groups.

Applicants must also demonstrate they have the support of local Traditional Owners and partner schools to deliver activities.


To be eligible, your grant activity must:

  • be delivered only to First Nations secondary or primary aged students in Australia
  • engage Traditional Owners, local Elders, and adult Indigenous ranger groups (where available)
  • be aligned with local community aspirations.

School-based activity options

Eligible grant activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Regular and structured school-based activities, as well as camps, excursions, and field trips.
  • Activities involving land, sea, and natural resource management, environmental data collection, heritage related projects and cultural studies.
  • Activities linked to the curriculum in relevant disciplines such as science, mathematics, literacy, humanities and social sciences, languages, technologies and the arts.
  • VET based training packages, including in Conservation and Ecosystem Management (Certificates I, II and III), Maritime Studies and Senior First Aid.

The grant funding cannot be used to cover expenses that are covered by state and territory government funding or other Commonwealth funding sources.

Further information on eligible grant activities can be found in the Junior Rangers GOG.

Locations for activities

Applications are encouraged to establish new sites in every state and territory. Grant activities must be delivered in Australia.

Applying for a grant

  • Before applying have a read of criteria set out in the Junior Rangers GOG available on GrantConnect.
  • Applicants must address all of the assessment criteria in an application and provide detailed examples and evidence to support your claims.
  • All criteria have equal weighting.

Assessing the grant application

  • Grant applications will be assessed against the Junior Rangers GOG.  You must address all of the assessment criteria in your application and provide detailed examples and evidence to support your claims. All criteria have equal weighting.

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