Environmental and wildlife groups in need of a financial boost can now apply for a share of $145,000 to support their clean, green and sustainable projects.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner opened applications for the latest round of the Lord Mayor’s Native Wildlife Carers and Sustainability grants, with $1000 to $10,000 available to eligible organisations.
“Brisbane is a clean, green and sustainable city, and these grants are all about making Brisbane even better for future generations,” Cr Schrinner said.
“This funding will provide a helping hand to groups carrying out projects that improve our city’s natural environment and sustainability.
“No one is immune to recent cost increases and community organisations can apply for funding towards solar systems to tackle rising energy prices.
“Funding will also be available for groups caring for injured wildlife, undertaking habitat conservation projects and restoring bushland and waterways.
“I encourage eligible groups to make an application for their upcoming projects.”
Cr Schrinner said more than $1.1 million had been awarded to native wildlife carer and community groups over the past 10 years.
“These grants support many groups who are delivering enormous benefits to our community and it’s vital we support them,” he said.
“Brisbane is blessed with incredible bushland and native wildlife. It’s unlike any other Australian capital city and I’m committed to keeping it that way.
“Supporting projects that protect and improve our city’s natural environment is part of my plan to make sure the Brisbane of tomorrow is better than the Brisbane of today.”
Recent recipient of a Wildlife Grant, Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland’s Patti Grant, said the grant allowed them to invest in critical infrastructure needed to care for injured reptiles.
“We normally rely on volunteer contributions and community donations, but the grant allowed us to invest in infrastructure we need to care for our largest local reptiles, namely lace monitors and coastal carpet pythons,” Patti said.
“We used some of the money to purchase veterinary-grade animal enclosures from the Australia Zoo hospital and the remainder of the grant covered our public liability insurance, which has recently doubled from $10 to $20 million.”
Applications are now open for grants from $1000 to $10,000 and close on Monday 14 August 2023.
For more details visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/grants or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Photo credit: Ed Parker – at Pooh Corner