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Community grants up for grabs

Local non-profit community groups across the Mallee now have the chance to apply for the latest round of Second Generation Landcare Grants.

Community grants up for grabs

Above: Works carried out with funding from Second Generation Landcare Grants. Photo: Mallee CMA.

The Mallee CMA has received a $387,000 share of the Victorian Government’s $3.38 million Second Generation Landcare Grants for this financial year.

The Victorian Government has provided the funding for local Landcare groups to finance projects that will benefit the health of the region’s land and waterways. Recipients must be incorporated, insured and not-for-profit Landcare groups or Friends Of groups.

Projects eligible for funding include pest plant and animal control, salinity management, revegetation and remnant protection works, wetland and riparian restoration and training activities.

Mallee CMA chairperson Joan Burns has encouraged local community groups to take advantage of the funding opportunity.

“This funding aims to support volunteers and community groups contributing to improving the health of our local environment,” she said.

“The Second Generation Landcare Grants help groups conduct practical on-ground works that will really make a difference to our local region.”

Ms Burns said funding could be provided for a range of activities from tackling pest animals such as rabbits, through to revegetation projects.

Bids for the Mallee region will be assessed against state and regional priorities by a technical panel for eligibility.  An independent assessment panel will then rank projects and make recommendations to the Mallee CMA board for approval.

Applications must be received by the Mallee CMA by close of business on Wednesday, September 10, 2010.

Further information and application forms can be obtained by contacting Regional Landcare Co-ordinator Kevin Chaplin at the Mallee CMA on 5051 4377 or from the Mallee CMA website.

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