Applications open for Biodiversity and Heritage Grants

Ashburton District Council is seeking applications from local groups and organisations for the second round of Biodiversity and Heritage Grants, which open today.

The funding is available for projects with a biodiversity or heritage focus, and groups are encouraged to get their applications in before 31 August.

"There are many dedicated groups in our community working to improve and preserve our natural and built environment, and this funding is aimed at supporting those efforts," Council Community Development Advisor John Hobbs says.

"If you think you have a project that aligns with this work, we want to hear from you."

Council changed the structure and processes for its grants and funding last year, which means there are now two funding rounds for Biodiversity and Heritage Grants. The second round of funding has been added in recognition that the nature of these projects is often seasonal. Applicants can now apply for funding for spring and summer-based projects.

The changes are part of Council's work to make the community grants and funding processes clearer, and enable the community funding to be included in planning processes, particularly the Annual Plan and Long Term Plan.

Further information about the grant and funding application forms and criteria can be found here or from the
​Council office.

Applications close Thursday 31 August, 2017 at 5pm.​

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