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By: Jane Nees  05-Apr-2012

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Environmental Fund is open for applications from 1 March 2012.  The purpose of the fund is to assist regional organisations and community groups by providing financial and technical support for projects whose primary purpose is to directly promote, enhance or protect:

  • the natural or historic (including cultural) character of;
  • public access to; and/or
  • public understanding of;

the Bay of Plenty’s environment, including coastal areas, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and their margins, historic (and cultural) heritage features, outstanding natural features and landscapes, indigenous plants and animals, and natural habitats. Community groups can apply for up to $30,000 seed funding during the formal funding round, although smaller grants of up to $5,000 are available all year round, or until the fund is over-subscribed.

The information in this article was current at 27 Mar 2012

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Refocussing Local Government - JANE NEES

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