Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today announced that applications are now open for the Protecting Our Places grant program, which empowers Aboriginal community groups and organisations to protect, conserve and restore cultural landscapes and waterways.
“The long running NSW Environmental Trust Protecting Our Places grants program provides funding to Aboriginal organisations across New South Wales to equip communities with knowledge and skills in environmental protection and conservation,” Mr Ward said.
“This new round of funding will offer $500,000 in grants to help those organisations to tackle local environmental and cultural priorities, and achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for our environment.
“These grants connect Aboriginal communities through empowerment and the strengthening of social connections and increased participation on country, and importantly, the program supports opportunities for cultural land management practices.
“Grant recipients will also have the opportunity develop project management capabilities, and encourages new collaborations and positive relationships with other organisations, government and stakeholders,” he said.
“The annual program is in its second year since a revised program format was implemented following an independent program evaluation.
Mr Ward said that the objectives of the program are to facilitate the sharing and protection of cultural knowledge with and between groups, government and public stakeholders to contribute to the improved management of environmental and cultural resources on country.
“Also to increase the amount of culturally significant Aboriginal land protected, restored, enhanced and managed by local Aboriginal groups, land managers and stakeholder and support connections to country.
“Individual grants of up to $60,000 will be available, with applications now open until 8th October 2018,” Mr Ward concluded.
For more information on how to apply, please visit the website at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/pop.htm.