Funding open to nature projects
Those working to preserve or enhance the environment or heritage features can get a helping hand from the regional council.
Applications are now open for the Auckland Regional Council’s environmental initiative fund.
About $500,000 is given out in grants across Auckland each year and last year more than 10 local projects received funding.
Last year more than $3500 was granted for the restoration of bush by the Guardians of Newton Reserve, $8000 was given for the restoration of St Patrick’s Cathedral and Marshall Laing Primary School, Westmere School and Blockhouse Bay Intermediate were given grants for environmental projects.
The fund was established in 1999 to support individuals and groups who improve or care for Auckland’s natural, cultural and physical environments.
Last year 212 projects shared $500,310 worth of funding.
Environmental initiatives fund coordinator Courtney Gallen says individuals, community groups, schools, preschools, businesses, iwi, hapu, whanau and Maori organisations that are planning on starting or have non-profit projects that fit within the fund’s guidelines are eligible for funding.
The fund is sponsored by Honda New Zealand which last year gave more than $130,000 to it.
This year’s funding round is now open and applications must be in by 5pm on Wednesday, July 9.
Workshops will be held for those interested in applying for funding.
For more information visit the website www. arc.govt.nz or contact Ms Gallen on 366-2000, ext 8255.