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Auckland Council dishes out community grants to environmental projects

More than 70 community projects aimed at protecting and nurturing Auckland have received grants from Auckland Council’s Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF).

The 72 not-for-profit projects, including native planting, pest control and wetland restoration work; conservation of historic buildings and various school initiatives; received a total of $260,000, with grants ranging from $300 to $15,000. (Full list here.)

There were three categories of outcome areas for applicants: access choice and opportunity, mainly schools seeking grants for gardening and conservation projects; caring for people; and caring for the coast.

Councillor Sandra Coney, chair of the council’s EIF subcommittee, says it’s pleased to support the various initiatives.

“We are proud to support this year’s successful applicants with their efforts to assist in achieving this goal, with projects ranging from small initiatives like establishing a native garden at a school through to significant restoration projects on public land.”

The EIF was established in 1999 to provide funding, practical support and advice to individuals and groups concerned with conserving Auckland’s heritage and environment.