Fund­ing for sus­tain­abil­ity projects

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - BY HE­LEN LEHNDORF

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.

PHOTO: PAUL VANDENBERG/SUPPLIED

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.

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