Protection of the Environment Trust Grants now open
Individuals or community groups interested in undertaking environmentally based projects are encouraged to apply for funding under the Protection of the Environment Trust (POET).
The POET, established in 2006, promotes the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, in particular, the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna, and only applies to land or projects in the former Gosford City Council Local Government Area.
Mayor Jane Smith, who chairs the POET management committee, said a key purpose of the Trust was to directly fund initiatives that make a positive difference to the natural environment.
“Our community value the natural environment of the Central Coast, it was a key finding when we were developing the first Community Strategic Plan,” Mayor Smith said.
“Thanks to the POET Trust, $60,000 is now available to directly fund projects that will help us deliver on our promise in the Community Strategic Plan to protect and enhance our natural environment.
“Individuals and groups who have great ideas or projects that have an environmental focus and can demonstrate outcomes that promote and enhance the natural environment or provide information, education or research about a significant aspect of the natural environment are encouraged to apply,” Mayor Smith said.
“Some of the projects that have received funding in the past include foreshore and fish habitat restorations and an education program to protect the Yellow Bellied Glider.”
Applications close on Friday, 7 June and will be assessed by the POET committee at their next meeting. To view POET guidelines and lodge an application, visit https://centralcoast.smartygrants.com.au/POET201920
If you have further queries on POET or require assistance with lodging your application, email POET@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.