Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale is encouraging community groups from Pakenham to Clyde through to Lang Land down to Inverloch to apply for grants to help protect the environment.
Up to $50,000 is now available for conservation projects or habitat restoration.
Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the $7.4 million Community Environment Grants package, which will fund small and large-scale projects dedicated to preserving Victoria’s biodiversity and waterways.
Community and Traditional Owners groups, volunteer organisations, and schools from across the Bass electorate are welcome to apply for grants through three different streams, which include:
– Community Volunteer Action Grants – to protect and enhance the natural environment, boost volunteer participation, and address biodiversity threats on public and private land.
– The Port Phillip Bay Fund – to protect the health of Victoria’s iconic Port Phillip Bay by supporting projects that maintain and improve the health of the Bay’s marine life, habitats, and water quality
– Aboriginal Community Caring for Country Grants – to support Aboriginal communities and organisations to access and care for Country.
A further two streams will open later this year, including the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants – opening in March – which supports the next generation of Victorians to protect biodiversity through action that improves and restores habitat for native plants and animals.
The Victorian Landcare Grants will open in April to support groups to undertake on-ground, and natural environment improvement works.
“We have so many wonderful community groups in our region that are dedicated to protecting and enhancing our precious biodiversity – these grants ensure their good work can continue,” Ms Crugnale said.
“This is an opportunity to invest in projects with clear conservation outcomes, and I encourage all eligible community groups and organisations to apply.”
For more information and to apply, visit environment.vic.gov.au/grants.