Town offers $25,000 funding for community-led greening initiatives

Published on 26 October 2020

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The Town of Victoria Park is once again inviting residents, local community groups and relevant organisations to apply for funding for tree planting and awareness projects supporting the implementation of the Town’s Urban Forest Strategy. 

A total of $25,000 of funding is available for community-led initiatives that contribute to achieving one or more outcomes of 20% tree canopy cover, maximising community involvement, increasing tree diversity, maintaining vegetation health, improving water and soil quality and enhancing our urban ecosystems. 

Town of Victoria Park Mayor, Karen Vernon, said: “After a successful first round of the Urban Forest Grants Program, the Town is excited to support more projects that contribute towards a healthier, happier and greener Vic Park”.  

“Our first Urban Forest Grants Program, launched in the first half of this year, saw three worthy organisations - Connect Vic Park, the Kent Street Senior High School P&C and Millennium Kids - receive funding to complete impactful tree planting and education projects.” 

“These community-led urban forest projects have contributed to creating a more sustainable natural environment for everyone to enjoy today and into the future.” 

“Through a second round of the Urban Forest Grants Program, the Town is now looking forward to continuing our collaboration with residents and community members to develop, submit and implement more Greening Vic Park projects.”

Connect Vic Park’s project has seen local community members, businesses and able-bodied residents create a native garden space and plant more trees that add 600m² of tree canopy cover to the Town.

The Kent Street High School P&C Association and students have planted 12 native trees and 480 shrubs in the school oval, drop off area, and pathways along Kent Street to improve the campus’ ecology.

Meanwhile Millennium Kids youth ambassador, Patrick, has been busy painting educational postcards that will soon be delivered to residents, to showcase the types of plants and trees to grow in private gardens to support and attract local fauna.

The second round of applications for the Urban Forest Grants will be open from 9am, Monday 26 October until 5pm, Friday 26 February 2021. Successful projects will need to be implemented during next year’s planting season, between May to October 2021. 

More information and to apply for the Urban Forest Grants Program head to vicpark.info/grants.