Grassroots Grants program is now open!

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Volunteers and local community organisations will now be able to source greater funding opportunities, with the State Government’s new regional landscape boards launching their Grassroots Grants programs today.

$2 million in funding will be provided overall across the state through the Grassroots Grants program, which will support volunteers, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and collectives to undertake local projects.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the program ensures there are more funding opportunities for communities dedicated to working in our landscape regions.

“The Grassroots Grants program will support community and volunteer groups to play a significant role in managing our natural resources, including carrying out on-ground works,” Mr Speirs said.

“From today, local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and volunteers will be able to apply for funding from their regional landscape board to help them sustainably manage their local landscapes.

“In the metropolitan areas, people will be able to apply for funding in early August 2020, when Green Adelaide launches its metropolitan Grassroots Grants program.

“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, fencing, erosion management, revegetation and community education activities.”

Chair of the KI Landscape Board, Andrew Heinrich, said that the Board’s new Grassroots Grant program will enable more community groups, volunteers and non for profit groups get involved with helping restore the KI Landscape on the ground.

“The Island has been through a lot this year but with the formation of the new KI Landscape Board and establishment of grants such as this grassroots grants program hopefully we can start to make a real difference, said Mr Heinrich.

“With grants of between $1,000 and $8,000 available to help on-ground activities to achieve real benefits for the Kangaroo Island environment and community.”

The Landscape South Australia Act 2019 replaced the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 on 1 July 2020, providing an exciting new framework to manage the state’s soil, water, pest plants and animals, and biodiversity.

Eight regional landscape boards support local communities to be directly responsible for managing their region’s landscape.

They work alongside another new entity, Green Adelaide, which is an innovative and expert-based organisation charged with transforming Adelaide into a world-leading, sustainable, green and climate-resilient city.

For more information on the grassroots grants program and the new landscape boards visit www.landscape.sa.gov.au

For more information on the Kangaroo Island Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants program, how to apply and guidance on your application head to: https://landscape.sa.gov.au/ki/get-involved/Funding

 


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