Grants available to help banish litter from communities
Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) are pleased to announce a third round of funding to help communities fight litter in their neighbourhoods through the Community Litter Grants Program.
Grants of up to $5,000 are made available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference.
Groups carry out a litter audit of a local ‘hotspot’ – a litter problem area – and can then apply for further funding to implement an action plan to remove the litter, and prevent it from returning.
$500,000 worth of grants will be distributed through the program, run by KNSWB, and funded by the EPA as part of the Waste, Recycle More initiative that is funded from the waste levy.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the NSW Government was committed to reducing litter.
“The NSW Premier Mike Baird has made litter reduction one of his 12 priorities with the goal to reduce the volume of litter by 40 per cent by 2020,” Mr Speakman said.
“These Community Litter Grants empower communities and grassroots organisations to be part of this litter solution by using their local knowledge to tackle local litter problems and create pride in their environment.”
Chief Executive of KNSWB, David Imrie, said that the program is designed specifically for volunteer and community groups.
“The program is unique in supporting grassroots-led action, and KNSWB will provide advice and support to each community group that applies. The Community Litter Grants will keep its applications open throughout 2016, allowing groups to create their own flexible timelines,” said Mr Imrie.
“KNSWB is committed to achieving the NSW Government target,” said Mr Imrie. “The Community Litter Grants are a significant element of the answer to the litter problem, working to stop littering behaviour in its tracks and keep our state pristine.”
“Litter prevention is everyone’s responsibility. Our partnership with the NSW EPA is putting the funds where they are most needed – in the hands of locals with knowledge of what works best in their communities – while providing them with our expertise on what works and what doesn’t, so that nobody has to reinvent the wheel and we are able to make real progress.”
This is the third year in which the Community Litter Grants are being rolled out, but the first year a perpetual application period is being introduced.
To date, 190 community groups across NSW have received funding from the grants program.
How to Apply
The Community Litter Grants start with applicants carrying out a ‘Local Litter Check’ in their area that defines the litter problem.
Everyone who undertakes the Local Litter Check will be reimbursed $500 and can then apply for a grant of up to $5,000 after developing a proposal for a project which creates solutions using information gained in the Local Litter Check.
Applications close March 1st 2017.
For more information about the Keep NSW Beautiful Community Litter Grants and how to apply visit www.knswb.org.au
For more information about the EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More grants initiative visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm