Grassroots Grant Funding Available to Empower Community-Driven Environmental Projects

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Applications for the 2024-25 round of the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants open today.

Grassroots Grant Funding Available to Empower Community-Driven Environmental Projects

Now in its fifth year, the Grassroots Grants program supports communities in the Murraylands and Riverland region to help improve the condition of local landscapes. Funded projects often include activities such as weed and pest animal control, revegetation, environmental monitoring, hosting citizen science events and more.

This year, a total of $493,351 is available for Grassroots Grants which are funded by landscape levies. The program is the primary way in which the landscape board reinvests funds within the region, contributing towards its aim of working with local communities to deliver a healthy and resilient landscape.

“We are looking forward to receiving applications for this year’s Grassroots Grants program from individuals and groups with the energy and vision to tackle ecological challenges in their local area,” said Di Davidson AM – chair of the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.

“Whether it’s inspiring the next generation of ecologists, helping to improve the sustainability of agricultural soils or empowering First Nation’s communities to care for Country, a Grassroots Grant can help to bring your ideas to life,” she added.

In 2024, the landscape board is encouraging schools, childcare centres, OSCH providers and pre-schools to consider a Grassroots Grant as a way to engage young people with ecology and sustainable agriculture.

“Connecting young people with the environment provides valuable learning opportunities and helps students to develop an affinity for the natural biodiversity as well as the agricultural productivity of our region”.

Project ideas need to align with one or more focus areas outlined in the landscape board’s Regional Landscape Plan, and applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a member of the landscape board’s staff before completing their application.

Relevant staff contact information, application forms and guidelines can be found on the Grassroots Grant webpage.

Applications are open until 7 April 2024.

This project is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from the landscape levies.

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