Round Two of Everyone's Environment grants programs opens 

Community groups that support and protect the natural environment are being encouraged to apply for Round Two of the Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, welcomed the opportunity for the vital work of volunteers to continue under this program and reported that the Queensland Government had committed $12 million over three years for community environmental groups to tackle local conservation issues.

“The success of the first round of the grants program proves grassroots organizations across Queensland are keen to improve their local environment,” Mr Elmes said.

“Under Round One, the government awarded 74 organizations a total of $3 million in funding for projects that tackled environmental degradation, cleaned up local communities and waterways and protected the State’s natural assets.

“Round Two is now open and organizations can once again apply to receive funding but applications close on 31 May.

“The extreme weather events of the last few years meant there was a need to focus on activities that built-in resilience.

“Individual grants of between $2,000 and $100,000 are available for projects like tree-planting, run-off reduction and water quality improvement, community and waterway clean-ups, threatened and priority species habitat restoration and rehabilitation and monitoring pollutants in streams.

“Grants are open to a broad range of community service organizations such as Parents and Citizens’ groups, Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Rivercare as well as conservation and environmental organizations.

“The Newman Government is committed to helping those grassroots groups and volunteers who work hard to restore our damaged eco-systems.

“This grants program is about local communities making a real and direct contribution, starting in their own neighbourhoods, to tackle local environmental concerns,” Mr Elmes said.

Round Two Guidelines and a link to the online Application Form is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.