Georges River Council awards Green Grants Program funding for sustainable projects 

27/07/2016

The Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, has announced the winners of the 2016 Green Grants Program: Learn, Build, Grow Share, which provides funding for environmental and sustainable projects in the local area.
 
Mr Rayner said the program, which started in 2008 under the former Kogarah City Council, has over the years provided more than $100,000 in funding to schools, community groups and businesses to undertake environmental and sustainable projects. 
 
“I am delighted Council is able to support these worthy projects, which will make excellent use of the funding allocated,” he said. 
 
“Local schools and non-profit community groups were invited to apply under the ‘Sustaining our Community’ stream and local businesses under the ‘Smart Business’ stream to secure funding for their innovative, environmentally-focused project. 
 
“Small organisations often have great ideas, but struggle to fund those ideas and make them a reality," said Mr Rayner. 
 
“Georges River Council is committed to continuing the strong environmental and sustainable focus for community members and the local area through this and other programs.” 
 
Mr Rayner said that funding for community groups under the 'Sustaining our Community' stream was up to $3,000 per project. Local businesses could apply for up to $5,000 under the 'Smart Business' stream to be matched on a dollar for dollar basis.  
 
Applications were assessed based on innovation, target audience, educational components, and the number of environmental objectives covered including waste and recycling, energy usage, water saving initiatives, and sustainable transport.  
 
“Council received eight submissions in this funding round, and were able to fund five worthy projects which will deliver benefits to the local community,” Mr Rayner said.  
 
“I would like to thank all those who submitted an application, and I encourage community groups and organisations to consider ways in which they can incorporate environmental initiatives into their work practices.
 
The successful submissions for 2016 include: 
 
Kogarah Community Services 
Learning, growing & recycling for the young and young at heart: purchase and install raised garden beds, and implement organic gardening and worm farm workshops 

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School 
St Patrick's Greening: implementation of a vertical garden, raised garden beds, vegetable plants, native plants, rain water tank pump.

Carlton South Public School 
School Garden improvement and hands-on education: Installation of raised garden beds made from E-Wood and an irrigation system, establishment of a new veggie garden.

Kogarah Public School 
School Garden Improvement: purchase a worm farm, garden trellises, Year K-6 working in the garden 2x per week. Parents, teachers and kids volunteering to assist set up and maintenance. Promotion through school newsletter with recipes related to produce. 

Sydney Dogs and Cats Home 
Saving Dogs, Cats & Water: to reduce water usage by 50% and energy use by purchasing a 10kg front loader washing machine to replace 2x existing high energy and water washing machines.  
Education of sustainable water usage through staff and social media and clients.  
 
Georges River Council thanks all the groups that submitted their application and wishes them well in their future environmental projects.  
 
To find out more about the Green Grants Program, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400 
 
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