Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke today announced that applications for grants under the NSW Environment Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation Program are open to help community and government organisations protect, conserve and restore our natural environment.

“I know there are a huge number of individuals and dedicated groups caring for our beautiful natural environment in the Cootamundra electorate already,” Ms Cooke said.

“I’m hoping to see some of them put their hands up for this historic program which has run for more than 25 years to help drive better long term outcomes for the environment.

“The best way to do this is working together, by facilitating the development of environmental expertise and partnerships between the community, government and industry.”

Under the Program, $4 million will be made available for grants in NSW across two funding streams, which include:

  • Community projects totalling $2 million; and
  • Government projects totalling $2 million.

Individual grants of up to $100,000 will be offered under the program, with applications closing on December 3, 2018.

“These grants fund vital sustainability work including bush regeneration, weed management, revegetation, vertebrate pest management, fencing, erosion control, formalisation of tracks, and capacity building, to signage and educational resources,” Ms Cooke added.

“The community simply couldn’t undertake these important projects alone.”

Applications received will be assessed on merit by an independent technical committee.

Merit is based on clear assessment criteria set out in the Program Guidelines.

Successful applications will be approved by the Trust in May 2019.

The Program is funded by the NSW Environment Trust within the Office of Environment and Heritage.

For information on how to apply for a grant, visit: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/restoration.htm