Applications are now open for the annual round of Western Australia’s Community Grants Scheme, with up to $20,000 available for individual projects.
The program allows community groups to apply for financial support for innovative waste management and recycling projects and practices. Funded by the WA landfill levy, it has provided more than $1.1 million to more than 100 community groups since being established in 2008.
WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Waste Authority’s Community Grants Scheme supports community projects that reduce waste generation, recover resources and minimise environmental impacts. He emphasised how supporting community-focused projects is vital in helping to achieve the WA Government Waste Strategy target of diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan waste from landfill by 2020.
“Effective waste management is everyone’s responsibility and I encourage all community groups looking to implement projects in this area to submit an application,” he said.
The last round saw $76,000 awarded to six community groups. Previous projects funded by the scheme include community-managed gardens for recycling organic waste, waste education workshops for non-English speaking migrants, and new collection points for aluminium cans and other materials.
Applications for the latest round close on Friday 11 March. More information is available on the Waste Authority website.