Council offers environmental grants to the community

Up to $5,000 in funding for environmental projects

Individuals and community organisations can apply for up to $5,000 in funding for environmental projects.

The small grants scheme is open to community groups, schools and individuals who need support for an environmental project in Ku-ring-gai. The maximum funding for each project is $5,000 and the scheme is funded through the Council’s environmental levy.

Examples of projects funded by the Council in previous years include the purchase of native bee hives and greenhouses; bush regeneration and weed removal, bird surveys, recycling/reuse projects and interpretive signage.

Fifteen organisations and individuals were awarded funding in 2014. Projects last year included a vegetable and herb garden (Michelle’s Day Care); a weed awareness display (Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association); portable field guides to native plants (Gaia Guide Association) and reclamation work to Bullers Creek (a group of residents living in Buller Street, South Turramurra).

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the grants were popular in the community. “Past grant recipients have been able to fund some great projects with demonstrated benefit for the wider community.”

Mayor Anderson added that applications for grants were open until Friday 4 September, with grant funding awarded by December.

Application forms and guidance on submitting an application are on Ku-ring-gai Council’s website at

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