Community and landcare groups across Victoria will have the opportunity to share in $4 million to undertake important conservation projects, through a grants program announced in Waverley.
Minister for Environment Ryan Smith recently visited Fairway Reserve in Mt Waverley and met with members of the Friends of Scotchmans Creek and Valley Reserve and Friends of Damper Creek to discuss the funding application round.
Communities for Nature is a $20 million four-year program aimed at supporting conservation partnerships between government, business, community and environment groups. The program directly assists local community groups by providing funding for practical on-ground works which conserve and enhance our local environment.
The program focuses on supporting a range of projects including habitat preservation, weed control, revegetation, waterway clean ups, community engagement and pest animal control. Groups can apply for small grants up to $10,000, and large project grants of between $10,000 and $150,000.
For further information about the grants and the application process are available at www.depi.vic.gov.au. Applications close13 September 2013.
If any groups in Waverley are considering putting in an application, please do not hesitate to contact me at Michael@michaelgidley.com.au and I would be happy to provide any further information that may assist in the application process.