Through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative, Community groups around Australia can now apply for small grants to help fund local environmental and sustainable agriculture projects. The 2011-12 Community Action Grants round will make $5 million dollars available to rural, urban and Indigenous community groups to help them conserve and protect their local environment and natural resources.
The grants will range from $5000 to $20,000 for projects such as planting trees, revegetating landscapes, rehabilitating dunes, removing weeds, controlling pests, holding field days, recording traditional ecological knowledge and improving sustainable land management practices.
These grants will enable community groups and local Indigenous organisations to look after their country through programs that protect biodiversity and natural icons, coastal environments and critical aquatic habitats.
Applications for the 2011-12 Community Action Grants will close Monday 1 August 2011. More information on Caring for our Country and Community Action Grants, including how to apply, is available at http://www.nrm.gov.au/ or by calling 1800 552 008.