Ipswich boasts a unique landscape with over 6,500 hectares of reserves and conservation estates. Working towards protecting and maintaining the natural environment of Ipswich and continually improving liveability within the city through sustainable practices, council supports community initiatives through Environment and Sustainability Community Grants and the Ipswich Enviro Awards.
Caring for the environment is a significant theme of the Advance Ipswich Plan. The Environment and Sustainability Community Grant Program cares for the natural environment by providing assistance for community-led initiatives that contribute to the protection, enhancement and sustainability of the environment within the Ipswich City Council area. Council aims to encourage community involvement in the achievement of environmental sustainability, such as sediment reduction into waterways, riparian restoration, environmental awareness, tree planting, land restoration and bush regeneration.
Grants are available to not-for profit community groups, schools, childcare centres or wildlife carers. Organisations, groups and wildlife carers must outline how the proposed initiative will provide a benefit to the environment and improve biodiversity. Recipients must be able to carry out and complete the requested project.
Groups and organisations are eligible to apply for grants up to $2,000 per application and wildlife carers are eligible to apply for grants up to $1,000 per application.
|Eligible Applicants||Maximum Grant|
|Not-for-profit community groups (i.e. landcare groups, wildlife centres, Girl Guides, Scout groups).||$2,000 per application|
|Schools or childcare centres||$2,000 per application|
|Wildlife carers||$1,000 per application|
Ipswich City Council would like to recognise the hard work of community members, groups and organisations for their contribution to environmental and sustainability practices through the Ipswich Enviro Awards, which aims to recognise those in the community who have contributed to improving environmental and sustainability outcomes for the city.
Examples of initiatives that nominees may have completed include:
Once nominations are received, a panel of judges will assess the nominations and select a winner in each category and any nominations that deserve a special mention. The winners will receive a trophy and certificate, while special mention nominees will receive a certificate at the awards ceremony.
The award guidelines provide further information on the awards, including the categories and types of projects that are eligible, how the nominees are assessed, requirements for successful nominees and terms and conditions. These guidelines need to be read before submitting a nomination.
For further information regarding environmental grants contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.
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