The ACT Government will help grow more community gardens through a $40,000 grant program.
Minister for the Environment Rebecca Vassarotti announced today that community groups can now apply for a 2022-23 Community Garden Grant to make our city more ecologically sustainable and become more climate resilient.
“Canberrans love their environment and green spaces, with many giving their time and energy to establish and maintain community gardens. They provide important community spaces for people to gather and connect with both their peers and nature,” Minister Vassarotti said.
“It’s because of community-led initiatives that the ACT remains a leader in climate change action, and Community Garden Grant projects to date have shown a range of innovative sustainable practices that reduce carbon emissions.
“Community gardens are a one stop shop to improve our neighbourhoods, our health and happiness. These gardens support people to come together to learn what vegetables and other crops grow best in their area. They can share their produce, recipes and growing tips, and create a welcoming space for people from all walks of life and gardening knowledge. Community gardens also deliver environmental benefits by supporting pollinators and helping cool our city as another form of greenspace.”
The ACT Government has funded 60 projects since 2015 through the Community Gardens Grants to create new gardens, enhance existing ones, purchase or hire equipment and tools, or to employ specialised contractors to care for these green spaces.
This year, not-for-profit community groups are encouraged to apply, with grants up to $10,000 available per project.
Fine out more about previous grants and how to apply on the Everyday Climate Choices website: www.climatechoices.act.gov.au/policy-programs/community-garden-grants.
Applications close 8 July 2022.