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Environment Grants

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The Environment Grants run annually and aim to support everyone in the Banyule community to live and work more sustainably.

On 10 December 2018, Banyule City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for urgent action on climate change. This included extra resources to tackle our own and community emissions as well as a goal to be carbon neutral by 2028. You can read more about the resolution here

Included in this was an increase to the Environment Grants allocation, to help support the community to run projects, build knowledge and bring down emissions. The new grants structure is as follows;

Green Training Fund

Banyule will contribute to short course or conference fees for those involved in Environmental Volunteering who wish to build their knowledge in a field related to their volunteer work. This could be, conservation and land management, ecology, sustainability, permaculture, climate change or similar disciplines.

Youth Climate Action

 

 

This grant encourages young people of Primary and Secondary School age to come up with projects that will make a difference for their community or school and contribute to our goals to reduce community emissions, increase biodiversity, conserve resources or reduce waste to landfill.

Environment Project Grants

 

 

Our traditional grant stream which supports new or established groups to develop various environmental programs and projects which will benefit the wider Banyule community. This grant stream has increased its maximum amount for a single project to $10,000 and encourages those with bigger ideas to get in contact with the Environmental Sustainability Officer to discuss their plans.

Community Workshop Grants

 

This grant stream was piloted in 2018 and resulted in an abundance of excellent workshop options for the community. The aim of this grant is to encourage community groups to run workshops which can help the wider community live more sustainable lives. Some examples from 2018 were, creative ways to reduce waste, how to reduce energy use at home and sustainable party ideas.

Home Energy Audits

 

 

The Home Energy Audits were also trialed in 2018 and allowed 30 households in Banyule to understand their homes energy rating and implement some simple low cost initiatives to save energy. Again in 2019 Banyule residents will be able to have a qualified assessor around to their house to give them a star rating and some simple ideas to help them save money and energy.

Business Energy Audits

 

 

As above these audits will help businesses in Banyule understand how they can save money and lower emissions within their business operations. This will be delivered as part of the Business Grants program which is new for 2019.

 

Guidelines and information on applying for these grants will be available from the start of June on this web page, with all grants opening 1st July.  We will also send out reminders in our monthly Greenwrap e-newsletter

Grant Recipients for 2018

We congratulate all recipients and are looking forward to hearing about the project outcomes!

In 2018, $60,000 was available for approved projects as listed.

Environment Grants

Description

Watsonia Occasional Childcare

Installation of a waste sorting system, a worm farm and a nude food week project.

The Seafood Revolution

A labelling and education program to promote ethical seafood choices at Restaurants and Cafes.

The Bundoora Scout Association

Installation of a 6.1Kw solar system to reduce bills and show leadership in environmental sustainability.

Watsonia Neighbourhood House

The continuation of the Sustainable Sundays events. Including workshops, repair café and food and clothes swap.

East Ivanhoe Preschool

Contribution to their education around water including a rain garden, hand pump and splash pond.

Rosanna Primary School

Installation of a three phase compost system to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.

Healthy Futures

A program to support champions in the healthcare industry to create more sustainable practice.

St John’s Riverside Community Garden

The installation of a Biofilta Foodwall to demonstrate how easy it is to grow food at home.

Olympic Adult Education

A Climate Change Reach Out program to provide information and resources for hard to reach sections of the community.

Chezhan Hall

A series of 5 inspirational waste education videos.

Apollo Parkways Preschool Centre

Installation of a hand pump on their water tank to teach water conservation.

The Banyule Sugar Glider Project

Using the health of the sugar glider as a guide to the overall health of an ecosystem, this project will map wildlife corridors, using this information to install nesting boxes where gaps exist.

Community Sustainability Workshops

Description

Greenheart Australia

Waste Less for Life Workshops – creative ways to reduce household waste.

Watsonia Neighbourhood House

Developing training for neighbourhood houses on the importance of environmentally conscious practice to their community development objectives.

Textile Art Community

Ten workshops on how to recycle, reuse and repurpose in creative ways.

Banyule Clean Energy Group

Workshops teaching residents to read energy bills and sharing techniques to easily lower energy use.

Transition 3081

Practical skills building workshops on sustainable living.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service

A series of sustainable home and garden workshops at Banyule’s Libraries.

 

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