- $7 million available to support local environment projects for Western Australia
- Community groups have until June 10, 2019 to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000
Community groups that protect and restore Western Australia's unique natural resources are encouraged to apply for a share of $7 million in State Government grant funding.
Community Stewardship Grants for 2019-20 are now available through the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program.
There are two different grant categories - small grants between $1,000 and $35,000, and large grants between $35,001 and $450,000.
These grants support projects that help care for a local natural area, conserve WA's biodiversity, improve sustainability in agriculture and build the capability of NRM community groups.
The grants are available to local landcare, farming and NRM community groups, schools and local governments.
Applications close on June 10, 2019 at 12pm. For more information, visit http://www.nrm.wa.gov.au or contact the State NRM Program on (08) 9368 3168.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The McGowan Government's Community Stewardship Grants fund on-ground works and help empower communities, organisations and industry to drive natural resource management activities around the State.
"The large grants support higher value, multi-year and more strategic projects, while the small grants provide funding for shorter term, more responsive projects.
"The McGowan Government supports the work by these committed groups, many of them volunteer-based, to care for our soil, land and water resources; drive new regenerative land management practices; protect our native flora and fauna; and champion the conservation of our natural resources."
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"The WA Government recognises the invaluable contribution of WA's volunteer and not-for-profit groups that go above and beyond to protect our natural environment.
"The Community Stewardship Grants will give many of these groups the boost they need to continue their work in restoring natural areas and conserving WA's biodiversity."
Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:
"Our beautiful waterways make our communities better places to live and support jobs, particularly in regional tourism.
"Protecting and rehabilitating our world-class water environments to ensure we have a cleaner, more sustainable environment, now and into the future, is a priority of the McGowan Government.
"These grants help us deliver on this commitment by enabling us to partner with local community groups to fund grassroots initiatives, such as the Protecting Pelican Point project which previously received a NRM grant.
"This project involved the rehabilitation of more than four hectares of estuary shoreline to protect the banks from erosion and improve water quality in the Swan Estuary."
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Water Minister's office - 6552 6100