SNC’s Community Environmental Grants Program has $10K to distribute in 2021

Members of Chesterville's Green Action Gang pose during a tree-planting supported by SNC (with SNC staffer Kelsey Smith at right).

EASTERN ONTARIO — Local not-for-profit community groups can now apply to receive up to $300 in funding through South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) Community Environmental Grants Program to help plant trees and shrubs, community gardens, or host a community event in 2021.

SNC’s Community Environmental Grants Program has traditionally supported community events across the Conservation Authority’s watershed jurisdiction that promote recreational use of the river, protect the environment, or celebrate natural heritage. Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainties surrounding public gatherings this year, program guidelines have been amended to provide community groups the opportunity to access funding for environmental stewardship projects.

Since 2015, SNC has awarded over $35,000 through its Community Environmental Grants Program, and SNC has allocated an additional $10,000 in funding to be distributed through the program in 2021 to help offset the costs of tree and shrub planting, community gardens, and community environmental events.

Applicants will be required to follow the most current public health guidelines set by their respective local health units and will be required to describe measures taken throughout their activity to protect people and manage risks due to COVID-19. The SNC’s Communications Committee reviews and accepts applications year-round on a rolling basis. More information including the program guidelines and application form can be found at www.nation.on.ca/grants, or by calling 1-877-984-2948.

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