Grants for Research and Education Projects

We fund environmental education using donations made to our environmental protection fund and also through a bequest left to us by Pam Morse. Contact us at to discuss how we could help you.

Pam Morse Bequest Fund

We offer grants for research and education projects relating to managing and conserving urban bushland in Sydney through the Pam Morse Bequest Fund:

  • Research grants are available to students engaged in the study of any aspect of urban bushland, including flora and fauna studies, biodiversity, and management issues such as chemical pollution, weed invasion, erosion control and control burning
  • Education grants are available to schools for projects that promote awareness of the value of urban bushland, educate students or the community on how to minimise their impact on urban bushland, or restore a natural habitat

John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland

Applications for the inaugural John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland in Sydney are welcomed from honours, masters and PhD students.

To apply, complete the application form electronically, save it and email it to by 31 March 2018. We will announce the winner by 30 April 2018.

Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition

In 2017, STEP supported a great initiative organised by Forestmedia, an organisation that is aiming to increase community awareness of the plight of our threatened species and help to develop the next generation of environmental leaders.

Young Scientist

To encourage and reward research and education on environmental issues, STEP has aligned with Young Scientist and each year we donate a prize of $200 for the best environmental project. The competition is organised by the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales and is open to students from kindergarten to year 12.