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Rhondda Alexander Memorial Education Grant

Unfortunately due to cancelled sponsorship, AUSMEPA is unable to continue with the Education Grant for 2015. We will be seeking new sponsors for 2016. If there are corporations who may be interested, please contact 0412876109.

Following Rhondda Alexander's tragic death in July 2010, the AUSMEPA Board agreed to establish a memorial to Rhondda in the form of an annual Grant. The grant is offered to schools Australia-wide.

About the grant

The following information and criteria will be helpful to those schools considering projects in future years. Each year the Australian Marine Environmental Protection Association (AUSMEPA) awards a grant of up to $3,000 towards a school marine education project that leads to students actively improve the marine environment. This can include educating their local community and other behaviour change activities. The grant is open from 30 September and closes on the 1st of March in the following year.

Main criteria:

Students must have a major role in organising the project.
On completion of their project the students will create a video clip communication product suitable to be placed on the AUSMEPA website. Photo permission slips will be required.
The project will have a major coastal conservation application either by direct action or involvement with community education (they have equal weight).
The project will demonstrate originality and that it can be replicated by other schools.
The project must provide quality content, outcomes and outputs
The grant money should used for resources not already available at school however may be used for example to go towards purchasing or hiring equipment that the school would not normally have.
The application must be fully completed, signed and dated by the school Principal.
Evidence will be provided to indicate some use of AUSMEPA resource material.

To request future grant round updates please send your contact details so you can receive the AUSMEPA eNews notification where new information will be posted. Contact:

About the successful projects for 2013 …see more

2012 Grant Winner - Cleveland District State High School - COMPLETED PROJECT

Last year AUSMEPA supported a project to engage students in reef protection through the use of Reef Check Australia's REEFSearch program. A program designed to get EVERYONE involved in understanding, observing, and protecting our coral reefs. Cleveland District State High School students learnt about marine animal biodiversity, habitat composition and coral reef threats before taking their skills to the field, establishing three new long term REEFSearch observation sites on Lady Elliot Island to be visited by student teams annually. Students documented their experience and created a short video, showcasing just how easy REEFSearch is, and the benefits they received from the program. The program was a HUGE success with students and teachers gaining valuable insight into our precious reef environments. A HUGE thank you to AUSMEPA for assisting Reef Check Australia and Cleveland District State High School in this project.

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