Three Maitland schools will receive money from the state government to upgrade their facilities.
Ashtonfield Public School will use the money for a new Covered Outdoor Learning Area, Francis Greenway High School will create a fitness workshop with a sports staffroom and teaching space, and Rutherford Public School will receive money for two covered walkways.
The money comes from the joint funding program which provides money to schools on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
The school has to provide at least 50 per cent of the total estimated cost of their project and the Department of Education and Communities puts in the remainder, up to $300,000.
"This program provides a real incentive to schools to raise funds within their community, with the government recognising and supporting local school based initiatives," Maitland MP Robyn Parker said.
"These upgrades will improve learning facilities at these three Maitland schools."
She said this announcement was in addition to minor upgrades at Woodberry and Maitland public schools and Maitland, Maitland Grossmann and Francis Greenway high schools.
The government will deliver $447 million for school maintenance in 2012-2013.