$60,000 in grants available to protect local Coast environment
Monday, 24 September 2018
Individuals and local groups interested in protecting the local environment are encouraged to apply for Protection of the Environment Trust grants program now open.
The Protection of the Environment Trust was established in 2006, by the former Gosford City Council, to promote, protect and enhance the natural environment, in particular the conservation of flora and fauna indigenous to the Local Government area.
Mayor Jane Smith said the feedback from the first ever Community Strategic Plan was clear that the community value the natural environment of the Coast and want to see it protected and the Trust was delivering on the promise.
“We all love living here on the Coast because of the natural beauty of the environment and we can all play a part in ensuring it is protected into the future,” Mayor Smith said.
“The grants available through the Trust are a great opportunity for local groups and individuals to make a positive different to the environment in their local area and I encourage those with an interest and passion to apply.”
The grants program is open to community groups and organisations, incorporated associations, not-for-profit organisations, non-commercial cooperatives, education organisations and research organisations.
Initiatives that have received funding in past rounds include fauna studies, pest management, education programs and bush regeneration activities.
An appointed Management Committee, with community members and Council representatives, oversees the operation of the Trust. Due to the requirements set out in the Trust deed, applications for funding can only be considered for projects in the former Gosford Local Government Area.