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