Grants programme applications now open
Applications for the Manawatu¯ River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.
The programme aims to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/ hapu with projects that will help increase engagement with Manawatu¯ waterways and improve water quality in the catchment.
Manawatu¯ River Leaders’ Forum chairman Richard Thompson says the standard of previous applications has been exceptional and he’s looking forward to more projects being supported in their efforts to engage communities while improving the Manawatu¯ River and its tributaries.
Richard says there are some fantastic ideas out there that may need a bit of help to get off the ground or grow, and they can get in touch with Horizons’ freshwater team to discuss their project.
Previous applicants have received funding to complete stream fencing, riparian planting, wetland enhancement, educational projects and longfin eel repatriation.
The Oroua Catchment Care Group in Feilding have received grants since the programme began and are working their way through a number of farms fencing off the Oroua and its tributaries. The group often hold community planting days to plant up the riparian margins which has benefits by slowing down run off to absorb nutrients and increased habitat for the birds, bees, bugs and fish.
Application forms are now available online at www.manawatu¯ river.co.nz.
Community planting day in the Manawatu¯ .