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NSW council promotes grants that consider environmentally sustainable behavioural changes

The Lake Macquarie City Council has thousands of dollars of funding for community groups planning to improve the environment or inspire environmentally sustainable behaviour.

The latest round of the Environmental Sustainability Grants Program offers funding of up to $3000 each for non-profit groups, clubs and school P&Cs within the local government area.

Council manager of community partnerships, Andrew Bryant, said one recent project involved a local upcycling initiative that teaches school-children how to turn unwanted clothes into rugs, rather than simply throwing them away.

“Sustainability is not just about vegetable gardens and compost bins. There is plenty of scope for non-profit groups to get creative and come up with ways to benefit their local environment, and their community.

“Think broadly about what your group could do to encourage sustainable community behaviour, reduce waste, educate and inspire the community through sustainability activities, reduce our carbon footprint or improve and protect our ecosystem,” Bryant said.

A panel of councillors, council officers and representatives from Landcare, the NSW Department of Education, the Sustainable Neighbourhood Alliance and the Indigenous community will consider grant submissions.

Applications for the latest round of funding close on August 19.

Similarly, EPAs, such as the NSW EPA, have grants up for grabs at a larger scale.

Announced in early July, a total of $13.3 million in grants is available to councils, waste companies and not-for-profit organisations to divert food and garden waste from landfill.

NSW EPA head of organics, Amanda Kane, said the grants support the purchase of a broad range of infrastructure and equipment to recycle food and garden waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill.

“Through the grant program, $43 million has already been provided to fund 89 projects that have made a positive impact on local communities.”

Applications for five grant streams are available –­ organics processing infrastructure, onsite business recycling, food donation infrastructure, product quality and transfer stations.

Applications for the NSW EPA close August 29.