Communities for Nature grants now available

Visiting Stawell on Thursday, Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, encouraged community groups and members, especially schools, in Western Victoria to apply for funding for projects that support environmental initiatives across Victoria. Picture: BEN KIMBER

Visiting Stawell on Thursday, Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, encouraged community groups and members, especially schools, in Western Victoria to apply for funding for projects that support environmental initiatives across Victoria. Picture: BEN KIMBER

COMMUNITY groups have been invited to share in $3 million as part of the Victorian Coalition Government's next round of funding for Communities for Nature grants.

Visiting Stawell on Thursday, Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, encouraged community groups and members, especially schools, in Western Victoria to apply for funding for projects that support environmental initiatives across Victoria.

"These grants are set to be used by Victorian community groups to restore and improve public spaces through revegetation or weed control or undertake litter removal or other projects that support our waterways," he said.

Mr Ramsay said the last round of Napthine Government funding for Communities for Nature grants saw 106 Victorian groups share in $826,245 in funding.

"This round will now be even bigger and I encourage the local community in Ripon, and across the Western Victorian region, to get involved," he said.

"By supporting everyday Victorians to make improvements to their local landscape and turn visions into realities in parks, reserves and waterways, we all benefit.

"The actions of passionate communities create a visible and lasting improvement to the environment for everyone to enjoy and benefit from, now and in the future."

Mr Ramsay said the initiative was part of the Napthine Government's $20 million Communities for Nature program and highlights the Government's commitment to partnership working between government, community and environmental groups.

"Victoria's environment continues to benefit from this government's commitment to providing local community groups with the support needed to deliver environmental benefits," he said.

"The Communities for Nature program is another example of how the Coalition Government is delivering real and tangible support to local communities to directly benefit Victoria's environment."

To apply or for more information visit www.depi.vic.gov.au/c4n

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