A $350,000 boost for volunteer groups protecting Canberra’s wildlife

In celebration of World Environment Day, the ACT Government has awarded more than $350,000 to 23 community-led projects as part of the 2024 round of the ACT Environment Grants.

Minister for Environment, Parks and Land Management Rebecca Vassarotti said these grants will support local community projects to protect, conserve and enhance the ACT’s environment and biodiversity, and improve the capacity of volunteer groups.

“The ACT Environmental Grants Program has been funded annually since 1997 and provides a fantastic opportunity for our community to address the environmental issues that matter most to them,” Minister Vassarotti said.

“We are in a climate crisis and these grants will help groups, organizations and individuals restore and preserve natural places, while encouraging other community members to do the same.

“This year the ACT Government has provided more than $350,000 in funding to community groups through the Environmental Grants and Environmental Volunteer Group Assistance streams.

“The selected projects will connect people to nature through education, landscape restoration, weed control, endangered species protection, citizen science and training of volunteer groups.”

The 2024-2025 funding round for the ACT Environment Grants includes:

  • 13 projects worth $302,498 under the Environment Grants stream, and
  • 10 projects worth $49,135 under the Environmental Volunteer Assistance Grants.

“There are some really innovative local projects in this round of funding for environmental protection. Some projects include a new Wombat Conservation program at Point Hut and funding for Landcare ACT to host a Festival of Nature later this year.

“Regardless of your postcode, this great grant program funds projects across Canberra to protect and preserve our natural environment. I hope it will inspire Canberrans to get involved with their local environmental group and take direct action to protect our planet. “

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