SNC accepting applications for the Community Environmental Grants Program

Above, The Spencerville Mill Foundation benefited from SNC’s grant program in 2018 for their annual canoe and kayak run on the South Nation River. Courtesy photo

NATION VALLEY — Are you planning an environmental project or outdoor recreational event in your community this year? South Nation Conservation (SNC) is now accepting applications for the 2020 intake of its Community Environmental Grants Program.

Non-profit and community groups may apply to receive a grant of up to $300 to help offset the costs of their local event or activity. The program’s four categories are: River; Heritage; Agri-Environmental; and Community Outreach.

Since 2015, SNC has awarded over $25,000 through its Community Environmental Grants Program to help host events or undertake projects that draw visitors to the natural environment, promote environmental stewardship, or raise funds for worthy causes.

SNC’s Communications Committee has approved $10,000 to be distributed through the program again this year.

“We’re proud to be helping community groups host events that get residents outdoors to enjoy and protect our local natural environment,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Communications Lead. “These grants go a long way in providing cost-effective outdoor recreational opportunities for local families across the watershed.”

Events supported through the grants program have previously included canoe and kayak poker runs, community garbage clean-ups, environmental fairs, and ice fishing derbies, which are popular across the jurisdiction at this time of year and SNC is reminding residents to stay safe while on or near the river.

Ice should be at least 15 to 20 centimetres thick and should appear clear blue in colour. Avoid fishing near water control structures as ice thickness may vary. Never dump your bait bucket onto the ice or into the river when finished. It is always also recommended to dress warmly and wear a floatation device, and to clean up after yourself.

More information on ice fishing best practices, permits and hut registration can be found at www.ontario.ca/fishing.

More information on SNC’s Community Environmental Grants Program can be found at www.nation.on.ca/grants, or by calling 1-877-984-2948. Applications are accepted year-round.

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