$1.72 million on offer for environmental projects

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 2:52pm

John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling is encouraging local community groups, schools, Aboriginal organisations and state and local government organisations to apply for $1.72 million in grants on offer for environmental projects.

Mr Williams said the latest round of Environmental Trust funding made available by Environment Minister Robyn Parker would support projects under the Protecting our Places, Environmental Education, Eco Schools and Food Gardens in Schools programs.

“I am delighted that the Minister has added a new program for this round of funding, offering for the first time the Food Gardens in Schools program.” Ms Parker said Food Gardens in Schools has been introduced in recognition of an exciting trend that has been developing over the last few years.

This round of Environmental Trust grants include:

  1. Grants totalling $1 million under the Environmental Education program to support educational projects that develop the community’s knowledge of, skills in and commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour.

  2. 60 grants of $2,500 each under the Eco Schools program, which aims to support NSW schools to develop best practice in environmental education

  3. 20 grants of $3,500 each under the new Food Gardens in Schools program.

Grants totalling $500,000 under the Protecting our Places program which aims to protect land that is culturally significant to Aboriginal people and to support education projects about the environment and its importance in Aboriginal life.

More information about the programs is available on the web at www.environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au or phone the Trust on (02) 8837 6093.