Responsible Wood has launched our 2022- 23 Community Grants Program which recognises collaborative, community based projects, activities or events that connect communities to certified forests and forest growers.
“The aim is to support local communities develop, design and implement small community-based projects in their local area in conjunction with their local Responsible Wood certified company…
The key benefits include supporting Australians to better access and enjoy their local sustainably-managed and certified forests, and providing an opportunity to build community connection through planning, completing and benefiting from these projects,” CEO Simon Dorries.
Funding for selected community projects is by way of individual grants totalling between $2000 and $15,000. Experienced forester and engagement manager Megan Graham, who is administering the community grant program, says she is looking forward to seeing what ideas will be proposed in this round of funding. This year, Megan is anticipating applications from a wide range of groups or clubs seeking assistance to help build projects such as forest tracks, building and installing picnic facilities, forest-based art installations and habitat features for native animals.
“The grants will help people better access and enjoy their local forests and or create a better local forest environment, which will help people better access and enjoy their local forests and or create a better local forest environment,” Megan Graham.
Megan encourages communities to think about their needs and get in touch with their local Responsible Wood certified company to work on and develop a project idea and apply for the grant by October 31.
Applications will only be accepted from local community groups, nonprofit organisations, registered charities or schools or education institutions. An independent judging panel will assess and judge all of the applications.
Key dates as the grant program proceeds are:
- September-October 31: Applications are open.
- November 15: Applicants will be notified of their application status.
- November 15-May 31, 2023: Projects are developed and completed.
Further information including the 2022-23 application form, eligibility and judging checklists can be found here.