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Responsible Wood launches Community Grants Program

Today Responsible Wood launched its Community Grants Program. This is the program’s second year, following the successful 2020/21 program, and supports local communities connected to Responsible Wood certified forests around Australia. Source: Timberbiz

The program provides access to local communities connected to Responsible Wood certified forests, supporting community groups in developing positive projects in their local area.

Responsible Wood Community Grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events that connect communities to Responsible Wood certified forests.

Community groups will need to apply before 1 November 2021 and, if successful, complete their projects by the end of May 2022. The funding available per project is between $2,000 and $15,000.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of judges with an announcement by the end of November. Experienced forester and external relations manager Megan Graham will administer the successful grants.

“The Responsible Wood Small Grants Program is a good opportunity for community groups to obtain support to undertake small-scale projects,” Ms Graham said.

“We are excited to see what ideas will be proposed, which could include an application from a Men’s Shed to build a picnic area or from a bush walking or bike club to build or restore walking or bike tracks. Local Landcare groups could also apply for a grant to improve forest connectivity.”

Reflecting on the 2020/21 program, Community Grants Coordinator Megan Graham reflected on the quality of applications.

“2020/21 being the first year that we have run the grant, we have overwhelmed by the number, quality, and creativity of applications from across Australia,” she said.

Applications will only be accepted from local community groups, not-for-profit organisations, registered charities or schools or education institutions.

Responsible Wood has set up a dedicated Community Grants web page and encourages all interested groups direct enquiries to [email protected]