Four Weeks Left to Apply for Local Environment Grants


Community-based environmental groups have just four weeks left to apply for grants to rehabilitate their local environment.

Local MPs today urged community groups that work to support and protect the environment to apply for the first round of the Everyone's Environment grants.

Mr Seath Holswich said the Queensland Government will provide $12 million over the next three years for community environmental groups to tackle local conservation issues.

Second and third rounds of the grants will be made available in 2013 and 2014.

"Only weeks remain until applications for the first round of these grants close on 28 September."

"Individual grants between $2,000 and $100,000 are available for projects like tree-planting and restoring land, water quality improvement, land and waterway clean-ups, and monitoring pollutants in streams," Mr Holswich said.

"Grants are open to community service organisations such as parents and citizens' groups, Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Rivercare and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg added.

"As well, Scouts and Guides, Rotary, Lions, catchment care and local environmental and conservation groups and volunteers all do excellent work for the environment and we're committed to helping them."

"These grants bring about real improvements at the local level, so I urge local groups to get their applications in now," Mr Ruthenberg said.

Interested groups can contact the Pine Rivers or Kallangur Electorate Offices for further information, grant guidelines and application forms for the Everyone's Environment grants.

Mr Holswich and Mr Ruthenberg are committed to assisting local community groups that want to bring about real improvement to our environment at the local level. Any group that is interested is encouraged to get their applications in now.