Environment and sustainability grants - recipient profiles | Brisbane City Council

Environment and sustainability grants - recipient profiles

View profiles of previous Environment and Sustainability grants recipients to find out about funded projects and learn valuable tips to help you apply for a Brisbane City Council grant.

Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) 

Name of grant

Environmental Grants.

Value of Council funding received

$6439.

How have you used your grant funding? What have you been able to achieve and how does this benefit the community?

This grant was used to enable the SOWN nursery to propagate, grow and supply almost 20,000 native plants grown from wild seed to our members. Most of which have been planted in the Enoggera Catchment. It has also helped SOWN undertake a number of plantings in the catchment and engage the local community.

What advice do you have for other applicants who are applying for a Council grant? 

You should definitely apply for these grants; they provide necessary funds to maintain and ensure the continuity of projects.

Australian Red Cross Society

Name of grant

Cultivating Community Gardens Grant.

Value of Council funding received

$1060.

How have you used your grant funding? What have you been able to achieve and how does this benefit the community?

Jeays Street Community Garden utilised this grant to purchase vital gardening equipment, replenish stocks and purchase stationery to assist with updating and reviewing our procedures and garden induction. This benefits the community as the garden has become a place of community celebration. These resources assist in maintaining the high standard of presentation and increase access to free fresh produce.

What advice do you have for other applicants who are applying for a Council grant? 

Our advice to applicants is to contact Council to discuss your ideas; they are very willing to help with the process and application. Also connect with community gardens in your area as often they are happy to share information, resources and ideas.

Wolston and Centenary Catchments

Name of grant

Environmental Grants.

Value of Council funding received

$12,000.

How have you used your grant funding? What have you been able to achieve and how does this benefit the community?

The funding provided enabled WaCC to organise planting and educational activities. 50 volunteers planted a total of about 600 native plant species. Volunteers participated in a wildlife show where they could get up close to native animals.

The project provided an accessible and visible site for WaCC to engage volunteers from three sectors of the community, for example, the Jamboree Residential Association, Keep Australia Beautiful and the Scouts contributed.

Through engaging the community in restoration and educational activities, this project has increased the awareness about the importance of healthy catchments to our well-being, and how individuals and groups can help to enhance and improve the health of our catchments.

What advice do you have for other applicants who are applying for a Council grant? 

If partnerships are to be successful and participation rates high, everyone involved must understand the project aims and objectives. Allow plenty of time for good communication and explanation. Talk, talk and continue talking to those you wish to be involved. They need to be as passionate as you are about the project.

Photo courtesy of Megan Prance.

 

23 December 2015