Fund­ing for en­vi­ron­men­tal projects

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT - HE­LEN LEHNDORF, PNCET

Cash for wor­thy com­mu­ni­ty­based en­vi­ron­men­tal projects is about to be divvied up. The Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust (PNCET) has opened its lat­est grants fund­ing round, and ap­pli­ca­tions are in­vited.

Aimed at help­ing fi­nance projects that are sig­nif­i­cant in scale and im­pact, while demon­strat­ing long-term sus­tain­abil­ity benefits for the city’s en­vi­ron­ment and com­mu­nity, the trust will con­sider smaller grants (up to $5000) and one larger grant of up to $10,000.

‘‘So far this year we’ve sup­ported some great ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing fruit tree plant­ing at Waitoe­toe Park so everyone who uses the park can share the pro- duce grown,’’ PNCET project co­or­di­na­tor Ju­lia Pan­fylova said.

‘‘And we’ve helped Roslyn Kinder­garten with a com­mu­nity gar­den project to in­crease en­gage­ment with kinder­garten fam­i­lies.

‘‘We also as­sisted with the de­vel­op­ment of a Bio­di­ver­sity Clus­ter for the city (co-or­di­nated by En­vi­ron­ment Net­work Manawatu), to in­crease scope for shar­ing resources and ef­forts in the bio­di­ver­sity work of our re­gion.

‘‘We are on the look­out for in­no­va­tive projects, which will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, or as­sist peo­ple to in­crease their sus­tain­abil­ity habits. We’d love to talk to you about your ideas for projects, so please get in touch.’’

PNCET is also busy or­gan­is­ing En­vi­roFest, a three-week cel­e­bra­tion of sus­tain­abil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties in Palmer­ston North. On from Oc­to­ber 2 to 23, the event will have fun, ed­u­ca­tional events for chil­dren and teenagers, as well as plenty for the adults, in­clud­ing work­shops, talks, a film screen­ing, and walks.

The full En­vi­roFest pro­gramme will be re­leased in late Au­gust, but to keep up with events as they are con­firmed, please check out En­vi­roFest at face­book.com/ events/1656127761318263/ The clos­ing date for PNCET’s next fund­ing round is Septem­ber 11. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be found atp­ncet.org.nz/fund­ing-ap­ply/.

PHOTO: JU­LIA PAN­FYLOVA/SUP­PLIED

Palmer­ston North City En­vi­ron­men­tal Trust board mem­ber Roschana Webby helps her daugh­ter Sap­phire mulch a freshly planted tree at Waitoe­toe Park on Earth Day.

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