Lake Environmental Sustainability Grants Open

Filed under Council, Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  31 Jan 2019

Applications are open for grants of up to $3000 for community groups undertaking eco-friendly projects across Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie City Council will offer the funding through its Environmental Sustainability Grants Program for initiatives that improve the local environment or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour.

Council’s Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Chris Harle, said the grants were open to any non-profit community organisation working in Lake Macquarie. Past projects range from rehabilitating creeks to creating outdoor learning spaces embracing Aboriginal culture.

Recent projects to win funding include:

  • Backyard nest box education program to increase community understanding of the benefits of nest-boxes;
  • A “green” café for a local school; and
  • Bush food garden and bush craft program to educate the community about  Aboriginal traditions.

“We want to see community groups, clubs and schools located or operating within Lake Macquarie come up with innovative ways to reduce resource consumption, minimise waste and improve biodiversity and local ecosystems,” Ms Harle said.

“It’s quite a diverse funding program as grants could also be awarded for projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters or encourage sustainable behaviour-change in the community.”

“This is a great opportunity for people to learn more about the program and how to submit a successful application,” Ms Harle said.

“It is a competitive process so we encourage everyone to maximise their chance of success.”

A booking form for the information session and guidelines outlining grant criteria are available at lakemac.com.au.

Applications close 5pm Monday 11 March.

Ms Harle urged interested groups to attend a free information session at 5.30pm on Wednesday 13 February.



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