If you are looking to carry out a community environmental project, an outdoor recreational event, or tree planting in the fall, the South Nation Conservation (SNC) can help. Applications for SNC’s popular Community Environmental Grants program will be accepted until November 10.
The program has awarded more than $ 50,000 to community groups, non-profit organizations and member municipalities since 2015, and it has supported community events that promote the recreational use of rivers, protect the environment and celebrate the natural heritage in the Eastern Ontario Watershed from the Conservation Authority. .
âWe are proud to support projects that the whole community can both learn and benefit from while protecting our local environment,â said John Mesman, SNC’s Community Lands and Outreach Manager.
SNC has changed the program guidelines due to the ongoing pandemic. The program now includes up to $ 300 in funding for community environmental stewardship initiatives, such as planting trees and shrubs and creating or maintaining community gardens.
âWe couldn’t be more excited to help our community partners improve public green spaces during the pandemic,â Mesman said. “Trees add endless value to urban areas and community spaces, and people continue to visit municipal parks and conservation areas in record numbers, demonstrating the need to invest in these natural spaces.”
Since the program change in 2020, SNC has helped add trees to public parks in each of its 16 member municipalities, including areas of the City of Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and Leeds and Grenville.
On October 21 and 22, SNC staff supported the Township of Russell by planting trees in seven of the municipality‘s public parks thanks in part to the Community Environmental Grants Program.
Do you know of a public space that could benefit from a few more trees? Visit www.nation.on.ca/grants for more information.