Environmental grants benefit local groups

Article image - Environmental grants benefit local groups Community groups are funded to undertake environmental management works that are important to them.

Nineteen local groups will receive just under $340,000 through the latest distribution of Coffs Harbour City Council, New South Wales, Environmental Levy funding.

The Levy invites applications from community-based organisations and individuals interested in helping to improve or sustain their local environment. Under the programme, grants worth between $2,000 and $25,000 are available per project.

Council introduced the Environmental Levy as a means of encouraging local residents and organisations to undertake environmental management and improvement works.

The levy currently raises around $1.3 million a year at an average cost of $44 per ratepayer, of which approximately 75 percent is allocated to Major Strategic Projects and 25 percent is available to community groups.

The total to be given in grants is $339,236 while the balance will be saved for further funding in the next financial year.

Mayor, Denise Knight, said, “Once again I’m delighted to see a wide range of projects being financed that clearly mean a lot to the groups involved.

“The Environmental Levy was designed to help locals who are passionate about improving their immediate neighbourhood or care about a special spot that needed some TLC – and it’s great to see it working so well.”