Environmental and community groups can now apply for grants between $1000 to $20,000 to help make Brisbane cleaner, greener and more sustainable.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner today opened the latest round of the Cultivating Community Gardens and Environmental grants, which have awarded more than $2.6 million to 500 community groups since they began more than 10 years ago.
“These grants make it easier for our hard-working groups to undertake green initiatives that make Brisbane even better,” Cr Schrinner said.
“This round is all about ensuring clean and green projects continue despite rapidly rising costs.
“Times are tough for everyone, but we want to make sure our city’s important environmental projects don’t fall to the wayside.
‘Whether it’s establishing community gardens or supporting environmental activities that support our city’s unique plants and animals, we want to ensure these projects grow and flourish.’
“Brisbane is already recognised as Australia’s most sustainable capital city and I’m determined to keep it that way.”
Cr Schrinner said the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordination Committee was a recent success story of the grant program.
“At Wally Tate Park in Eight Mile Plains, the team planted about 500 plants, undertook follow-up maintenance, trained a team of volunteers and created a habitat that helped native species thrive,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Our local groups do such an incredible job preserving our natural environment, which is why I’m committed to supporting them and protecting Brisbane’s clean and green lifestyle.”
Cr Schrinner said the grants were just one of the ways Council is helping to make Brisbane clean and green.
“Our new partnership with Greening Australia to plant one million more native plants by 2032 is a great example of our commitment to keep Brisbane clean and green,” Cr Schrinner said.
“We’re also Australia’s largest carbon-neutral government and one of just two cities globally to receive gold level under the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative.
“The measures we undertake are also helping to preserve Brisbane’s unique lifestyle which our residents love.”
Applications for the Cultivating Community Gardens Grant and the Environmental Grant are now open and close on 11 December 2023.
For more details visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.