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Environment Levy Community Group Grants 18/19

Applications are now open for Council’s Environment Levy Community Grants program. 
 
Approximately $180,0000 is available (20% of the annual Environment Levy budget), to be dispersed amongst eligible community groups. 
 
Applications will remain open for one month (9 July 2018 to 9 August 2018) and must align with the following strategy outcomes from the recently adopted Environment Strategy
 
Community groups must demonstrate how their project: 
 
supports the conservation, enhancement of quality and biodiversity of local water supply 
supports the minimisation of greenhouse gas emissions 
encourages community partnerships.
 
Applications must focus on at least one of the following:
 
biodiversity and habitat protection
adapting to a changing climate and natural hazard management 
improving land management practices to improve water quality and waterway health
energy efficiency and the addition of renewable energy. 
 
To be eligible to receive an Environment Levy Community Group Grant, the project must meet the following criteria:
 
the project must be within the Gympie Region,
a project plan must accompany the grant application,
the project must demonstrate quantifiable environmental outcomes within the Gympie Region area, and;
where relevant, the project must demonstrate how the works will be maintained beyond the project completion date
 
The proposal should support strategic priorities for the Region, such as:
 
align with regional priorities and outcomes identified in the Environment Strategy 2018-2023
align with or be a direct action from the Environment Strategy 2018-2023 or the Koala Conservation Management Plan 2018
be proposed in an area identified for such action within or adjacent to the Environmental Priorities Network Map (where an on ground action)
support for a priority local species identified within the Gympie region.
The grants may be used to fund on ground land management activities, community engagement activities, services supporting environmental activities and for enhancing regional knowledge. 
 
Ineligible projects and activities include:
 
projects, activities and events that are run for commercial purposes,
purchase of capital infrastructure; for example, buildings and vehicles, 
annual maintenance or repair of existing machinery or other capital infrastructure,
using funding for projects that are already funded through another source,
engaging or paying permanent employees, or
covering of running costs associated with the community group (including insurance). 
 
The grant application form can be accessed here
 
If you have any queries, please email Environmental Planning on environment@gympie.qld.gov.au or call 1300 307 800.