Auckland Council has a total of nearly $363,000 available to fund ideas focused around the environment and sustainability in the region.
Applications for this year’s Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grants programme opened this month, with funding of up to $40,000 available for eligible projects.
The programme has run since 2015. Cr Penny Hulse, chair of the Environment and Community Committee says forming partnerships with community groups is a key part of council’s environmental strategy. “We believe meaningful conservation results are achieved when people receive adequate funding, training and support,” she says.
The grants programme is open to a range of community-led environmental initiatives including projects to promote environmentally sustainable lifestyles, support Pest Free Auckland 2050 through ecological restoration or pest control, restore waterways or empower mana whenua.
Last year the Project Litefoot Trust received a $25,000 grant to support their work helping sports clubs become more sustainable through the LiteClub programme. They have employed the programme in over one thousand community sports clubs around the country, including Raiders and Hibiscus Coast Netball Club.
Info and applications: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Applications close on September 10.