Zero Emissions Grants program open

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Canberrans looking to help reduce emissions and inspire change can apply for a Community Zero Emissions Grant with $150,000 available to groups and individuals.

The program provides funding for innovative and diverse projects that take action on climate change and support the ACT’s transition to a highly liveable, net zero emissions city by 2045.

“Community groups play an important role engaging and supporting Canberrans to reduce emissions and take action on climate change,” Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Emissions Reduction said. “We will not be able to meet our net zero emissions targets without the involvement and leadership of our community.

“Canberra is fortunate to have a strong community of climate change innovators, artists, educators and activists, who generate new ideas and solutions for how we can all reduce emissions and increase our resilience to the effects of climate change.

“Over the past four years, the grants have supported 23 unique projects across a range of priority emissions reduction sectors, focusing on active travel, zero emissions vehicles, waste reduction, composting and recycling, renewable energy, home energy efficiency and more.

“I am pleased that this year, for the first time, funding will be available for projects that increase the community’s resilience to the impacts of climate change,” Rattenbury said.

Previous grant recipients include the Conservation Council ACT Region and the Canberra Environment Centre’s ‘Make the Move’ initiative, which assisted people in the workplace to make sustainable transport choices; the Hackett Compost Collective to install a community composter; Oz Harvest Limited to expand its capacity to store and redistribute surplus food.

Ryan Lungu, Director of the Canberra Environment Centre said the centre’s mission is to empower people to create a sustainable future for the Canberra community by supporting lifelong behavioural change.

“Funding from Community Zero Emissions Grants has enabled us to run programs to help achieve this goal. In addition to ‘Make the Move’, the Canberra Environment Centre has run projects over the years in community composting, making accessible resources for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and running the Canberra Community Recyclery for volunteers to service and repair bikes.”

Applications close 25 March, 2022.

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