Connecting Schools 2021 opening soon!

Connecting Schools is a grant program aimed at improving bicycle access, wayfinding, bicycle education and end-of-trip facilities (bike and scooter parking, bike maintenance stations etc) for schools that are taking part in the Your Move program.

The grant program is led by the Your Move team at the Department of Transport and jointly funded by the Department of Transport and the Department of Education. This year there is $125,000 available for W.A. schools to improve their bike parking and infrastructure, run bike and safety education or to deliver an active travel Place-Making Initiative!

The 2021 grants will launch in Term 3 and once open, packages will be available to eligible schools to unlock in the Rewards Shop.

Who can obtain a Connecting Schools Grant?

Connecting Schools Grants are easy to access and available to any school or educational facility for children in Western Australia. To be eligible for a Connecting Schools Grant, schools must be using the Your Move program to promote active transport to and from school, have completed a Start of Year Hands up Survey or complete one as soon as the school signs up and reach a Your Move accreditation of Silver or higher.

What types of grants are available?

There are four grant levels available for participating schools. As schools achieve higher accreditation levels, corresponding grant levels are 'unlocked' and available to be redeemed. For example, if your school has reached Silver accreditation this will unlock the Small Grant valued at up to $799. If your school has reached Platinum accreditation, your school could apply for a Small, Medium or Large Grant (see table below). Only one Connecting Schools grant will be available to each school per financial year. 

It is important to note, the number of Connecting School Grants are limited in all levels and this funding round is set to be highly competitive. Grants will be available on a ‘first in – first served’ basis, and accessible through the Your Move Rewards Shop. Once all grants at a level have been accessed, schools may still be able to access a grant from a lesser level.

Grant
Level

Grant
Description

Estimated
Value

Silver

300 points or higher

Small Grants:

Small packages available for bike and scooter parking, bike promotion, bike safety bike education and wayfinding

Up to $799

Gold

600 points or higher

Medium Grants:

Medium packages available for bike and scooter parking, wayfinding, bike education and a bike skills track

$800 - $2,499

Platinum

1,000 points or higher

Large Grants:

Large packages available for bike and scooter parking, bike education, bike safety, wayfinding and a bike skills track

$2500 - $7,499

Double Platinum

1,500 points or higher

Major Grants: 

2 major grants available for large scale bike and scooter parking (e.g. bike shed or bike shelter) or bike education.

*Only 2 available, on a first in first served basis.

$7,500 - $15,000

 

Winterfold PS received this bike shelter as part of their Platinum 2020 grant.

When will Connecting Schools Grants be available?

Schools can apply for a Connecting Schools Grant from August to 31 December 2021. However, if all allotted grant packages are unlocked before 31st December, the grants redemption period will be closed early.

How do eligible Schools apply for a Connecting Schools Grant?

Connecting Schools Grants can be obtained through the Rewards Shop on the Your Move website. Applying for a Connecting Schools Grant will not affect your school’s redeemable points balance. 

Schools will not be required to fill out a detailed Connecting Schools application form, but the nominated Grant Coordinator and Principal will need to participate in a ‘kick-off’ meeting with a Your Move Officer upon unlocking a grant package to:

  • decide how the school wishes to use the funding; and
  • clarify the Term and Conditions of the funding acquittal process.

Once the meeting has occurred, the school will be required to return the Connecting Schools Grant Agreement document signed by both the Principal and nominated Grant Coordinator.

Looking for inspiration? Check out how two schools achieved Connecting Schools Grants in previous years!

33 schools achieved Connecting Schools Grants in 2020. If you're wondering how your school can benefit from a Connecting Schools Grant check out these two videos from Winterfold Primary School and Harrisdale Primary School. 

  • Winterfold Primary School received five 6-capacity bike racks by reaching Platinum Accreditation and unlocking a Large grant in 2019.

  • Harrisdale Primary School installed three new lockable scooter racks by achieving Gold Accreditation and unlocking a Medium grant in 2019.

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