Win an Operation Energy eco-grant of £300 for your schools environmental projects

Eco-Schools in the Ballymoney area could benefit from a financial power boost for environmental projects which they’re undertaking following the announcement of a major new competition from Eco-Schools sponsors Airtricity.

The exciting new competition offers individual eco-grants of up to £300 for innovative environmental projects in local schools.

The competition is part of Operation Energy, an exciting new online education resource programme from Airtricity, principle sponsors of Eco-Schools.

The competition is open to any Eco-School that is registered with Operation Energy. Registration is easy and is free of charge – to register your Eco-School simply log-on to

To be in with a chance of winning a £300 eco-grant, all any Eco-School needs to do is tell the Operation Energy team how they would spend the eco-grant to make their school more environmentally friendly. Entries can be in whatever format pupils feel best represents the project, whether a storyboard, a photograph or even a video, along with a short 200 word description.

There are three eco-grant prizes available, including a Top Prize of £300, a Second Prize of £100 and a Third Prize of £75. The competition is open to new environmental projects as well as existing projects that can be further developed or expanded with a prize grant. Entries should be emailed to by Wednesday 4th April 2012.

Josh Bradley, Airtricity’s Operation Energy Project Leader said, “At Airtricity we believe that our young student leaders in Eco-Schools all over Northern Ireland can play a vital role in helping their schools to reduce their energy use and their carbon footprint.

A key part of our energy efficiency message is education, particularly amongst. Also in practical terms cutting back on energy usage is a great way for schools to make tight budgets stretch further in these tough financial times

“Our young eco-champions in local communities are playing a pivotal role in developing good habits to become more energy-aware and environmentally-friendly and they’re taking these habits and knowledge forward throughout their daily lives. Through our work with Operation Energy we’ve already discovered some really fantastic projects that Eco-Schools are currently undertaking to raise their environmental awareness and improve their energy efficiency. Now, our new eco-grant competition will recognise and reward this creativity in a very practical and important way. I would urge all Eco-Schools to get involved and enter for an eco-grant by loging-on to Operation Energy now.”

Carmel Fyfe – Eco-Schools Manager said, “Operation Energy is a great resource to help Eco-Schools studying the Energy topic as part of their Eco-Schools programme. Schools can find a range of exciting and interesting lesson plans, games and activities focused on the topic of Energy which will certainly support them with their projects. It is fantastic to see Eco-Schools working on reducing their energy consumption and the competition is a great way to reward Eco-Schools for their efforts.”