New grassroots funding to support local communities

News release
16 July 2020

For interviews with the Chair of the newly established Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board David Greenhough, please contact Abbie Thomas, 0417975597

Applications are now open for volunteers and local community organisations to apply for funding opportunities through the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board’s new $220,000 Grassroots Grants program.

The grants will help support groups and individuals across the region covered by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board who want to sustainably manage their local landscapes, and are part of a $2 million state-wide program.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said: “the Grassroots Grants program will support the local community to play a significant role in managing our natural resources, including carrying out on-ground works.

“Successful funding will help local communities to be directly responsible for managing their region’s natural resources.

“Funding could be used to kick start a new project or build upon an existing one for activities such as weed treatment, pest or disease management,” Mr Speirs said.

Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board Chair David Greenough said the grants will help the newly established board to connect with local groups and individuals to create partnerships.

“The applications we receive will also highlight what’s important to our community, at both the local level and at the property scale. They will provide a valuable insight to help the board shape its five year plan.

“We welcome applications from volunteer groups, landholders, primary production groups, schools and other community groups. Activities for funding could include sustainable agriculture, pest and weed control, water resource management, native vegetation, wetlands or creek rehabilitation or coastal works,” he said.

The $2 million Grassroots Grants program is being provided across the state to support volunteers, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, schools and collectives to undertake local projects. The program is being coordinated through SA’s new Landscape Boards.

Applications close 24 August 2020. For more information on how to apply please visit https://landscape.sa.gov.au/hf/get-involved/grants-and-funding/grassroots-grants

Click here to see a map of the area covered by the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board.