Are you fed up with litter in your local area? Or maybe you’re part of a group who are already doing something to clean up your neighbourhood, but could do with some extra funds to help out?
Grants of up to $5,000 are now available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference. Any community group can apply for a litter grant: youth groups, scouts and guides, surf clubs, pony clubs – not just your usual environmentally-minded subjects.
This is the third year in which the Community Litter Grants are being rolled out; giving everyone involved a sense of ownership of the land and space around them, and the tools to enhance our natural environment for future generations to enjoy.
“All organisations applying for a grant must first conduct a Local Litter Check, which uses specific methodology to collect information on a litter ‘hotspot’ and compare it with a clean area. The comparison allows you to drill down what will be most effective in your community. Your chosen public space could be anywhere, your local creek, lake foreshore, park, football field or walking track”, explained Snowy Monaro Regional Council Administrator Dean Lynch.
“Your community group will receive $500 reimbursement for completing your local litter check. From there, groups can apply for a grant to create a project that will reduce litter long-term in their chosen public space. Your group is then eligible to design a litter reduction grant project and request up to $5,000”, continued Mr Lynch.
Litter is a universal issue. Understanding why litter occurs in a particular location is necessary to tackling the problem at its root. For more information on the Community Litter Grants jump online http://knswb.org.au/our-programs/community-litter-grants/ or phone Keep Australia Beautiful or on (02) 8594 4000.