ACT Environment Grants (the Grants) fund community-based projects that support on-ground implementation of the ACT Nature Conservation Strategy 2013-23.
The Grants have been funded annually by the ACT Government since 1997.
This year an additional funding stream, Nature in the City, has been created to specifically target planting trees and supporting vegetation in the urban environment.
2020-2021 ACT Environment and Nature in the City Grants
The 2020-21 ACT Environment and Nature in the City Grants were awarded on Friday 24 July 2020 by Minster for the Environment and Heritage, Minister Gentleman.
A range of community groups will share over $300,000 in funding.
The grants will provide funding to community projects to help our urban landscapes and natural assets, woodlands, grasslands, vegetation and wildlife.
The recipients of this year's ACT Environment Grants are:
- Holder Wetland Volunteer Group and Southern ACT Catchment Group: Bird and bee friendly gardens in the Holder Wetland Precinct - $21,750
- Mt Taylor ParkCare Group and Southern ACT Catchment Group: Protecting Pink-tailed worm Lizard habitat on Mt Taylor, Stage 2 - $33,600
- Ginninderra Catchment Group: Managing Box Elder and other woody weed threats to biodiversity in the Ginninderra Creek - $35,000
- Hughes Grassy Woodland Landcare group and Southern ACT Catchment Group: Enhancing Bird Habitat at Hughes Grassy Woodland - $8,050
- Minders about Simpson Hill and Southern ACT Catchment Group - $12,368
- Reedy Creek Landcare and Molonglo Conservation Group: Back to the Future - Creek repair and slope erosion control - $35,000
- Emu Creek Landcare group and Ginninderra Catchment Group: Emu Creek Revegetation - $3,410
- Friends of Grasslands: Blue Gum Point woodland restoration, Yarralumla - $20,856
The recipients of this year's ACT Nature in the City Grants are:
- Hackett Community Association for the Bragg St Park Volunteers Group: Naturescaping Bragg St Park, Hackett with swales - $9,100
- The Campbell Community Association (CCA): Campbell Community Association: The Park Regeneration Project - $14,800
- Friends of Dryandra Woodlands: Dryandra Woodlands Rehabilitation -$18,869
- ACT Wildlife: Increasing Habitat for Native Wildlife in Canberra's Urban Areas - $19,999
- North Ainslie Primary School Parents' and Citizens' Association: North Ainslie Primary Senior Oval - Environmental Remediation - $20,000
- Curtin Garden Group: Curtin Environmental Education Park - $17,934
Review of the ACT Environment Grants
The ACT Government commissioned a review of the ACT Environment Grants in 2019.
Over the last 25 years the ACT Environment Grants have funded 262 projects valued at almost $4 million of funding. Overall, former grant recipients were appreciative of the funding offered by the ACT Government. Many of those surveyed emphasised the importance of the opportunities created by the Environment Grants.
The long-term benefits of the program, including unexpected non-financial benefits such as community building, are discussed in the Review of the ACT
Environmental Grants 1996-2019 report (PDF 4.3MB).
The report also includes four case studies highlighting successful projects supported by the program.