Funding for sustainability projects
Palmerston North City Environmental Trust (PNCET) has just opened its large grants funding round. Funding is available for sustainability and environmental projects which benefit the city and environs.
For this round, applications up to $5000 are considered and a total pool of $15,000 is available.
‘We are looking for innovative projects which make a tangible difference towards positive sustainability outcomes for the city’ project coordinator, Georgina Morrison says . ‘We are hoping to be surprised, impressed, perhaps even challenged by the applications this year. We have no doubt of the levels of talent and creative thinking in Palmerston North, so please, if you think you or your group could make a big difference with some financial support, do apply.’’
Some of the projects PNCET has funded in recent years include the Pit Park Project, the Apollo Butterfly Park, REEL Earth Film Festival, the Carrying Our Future campaign for a plastic bag free Palmerston North, and Society For The Resilience And Engagement of Ashhurst and Pohangina (RECAP).
Applications can be made for new or ongoing projects, so long as there are measurable positive benefits to Palmerston North.
‘‘Looking at trends in community-led sustainability projects around the country, there seems to be a rise in citizen science projects and, especially post-Christchurch earthquake, community resilience projects,’’ Georgina says. ‘‘Locally, we’d be especially interested in projects which relate to PNCET’s three areas of special interest: Fresh Water, Transport and Clean Energy, but not exclusively of other projects.’
Grants for amounts less than $500 are also available and are assessed throughout the year at the Trust’s monthly meetings, due in before the 5th of the month.
The Palmerston North City Environmental Trust supported the development of the Apollo Butterfly Park in Milson, where hundreds of monarch butterflies over-winter each year.