SNC amends Community Environmental Grants Program for 2021 to help plant more trees

FINCH — South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) popular Community Environmental Grants Program has traditionally encouraged and supported community events across its jurisdiction that promote recreational use of our rivers, protecting the environment, or celebrating our natural heritage.

Since 2015, SNC has awarded over $35,000 through its Grant Program to community groups and non-profit organizations, helping to host various fundraisers, river races, community clean-ups, environmental fairs, and fishing derbies. SNC has once again allocated $10,000 to be distributed through the Program in 2021, but many community events are still unknown due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

To help local community groups and non-profit organizations access these funds, SNC has amended the Program’s guidelines and eligibility criteria again for this year to include the following community environmental stewardship initiatives:

Community Environmental Event
Funding up to $300 to help host a community event.

Tree and Shrub Planting
Funding up to $300 to help plant a native calliper-sized tree, or several potted trees or shrubs in a public space.

Community Garden
Funding up to $300 to help create or upgrade a community garden in a public space.

“Although some of our favourite annual partnership events are on hold again this year, adding trees or community gardens are safe environmental enhancement projects that the whole community can both learn and benefit from, and we’re happy to support these projects,” explained John Mesman, SNC’s Communications Lead.

Recipients will be required to follow the most current public health guidelines and will need to describe measures taken to protect people and manage risks due to COVID-19. Proposed activities are not to be undertaken in the form of community volunteer events.

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 and are reviewed by SNC’s Communications Committee, the next meeting date is June 16th, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to reach out before applying to make sure that proposed projects are eligible and safe.

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