Grants pro­gramme ap­pli­ca­tions now open

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

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¯ .

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