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Powell Media Release – Round Two of Everyone’s Environment grants program opens (2 May 2013)

 Community groups that support and protect the natural environment are being encouraged to apply for Round Two of the Everyone’s Environment grants program.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said the Queensland Government had committed $12 million over three years for community environmental groups to tackle local conservation issues.

“The success of the first round of the grants program proves grassroots organisations across Queensland are keen to improve their local environment,” Mr Powell said.

“Under Round One, the government awarded 74 organisations $3 million in funding for projects that  tackled environmental degradation, cleaned up local communities and waterways and protected the State’s natural assets.

“Round Two is now open and organisations can once again apply to receive funding.”

Mr Powell said the extreme weather events of the last few years meant there was a need to focus on activities that built resilience.

“Individual grants between $2,000 and $100,000 are available for projects like tree-planting, run off reduction and water quality improvement, community and waterway clean-ups, threatened and priority species habitat restoration and rehabilitation and monitoring pollutants in streams.

“Grants are open to a broad range of community service organisations such as Parents and Citizens’ groups, Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Rivercare, conservation and environmental organisations.

“The Newman Government is committed to helping those grassroots groups and volunteers who work hard to restore some of our damaged eco-systems.

“This grants program is about local communities making a real and direct contribution, starting in their own neighbourhoods, to tackle local environmental concerns.”

Round Two Guidelines and a link to the online Application Form is available at www.ehp.qld.gov.au.

[ENDS] 2 May 2013

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