River Accord grant applications close soon

There is now less than a week to go before groups and organisations need to get their applications in for the Manawatu River Accord community grants programme.

With a focus on projects that engage the community in water quality restoration within the Manawatu Catchment, the initiative will award grants for one or two years depending on the requirements of the project.

Over the past two years, funding has been given to 14 community projects ranging from streamside fencing, to a hikoi along the Tokomaru River, to the installation of signage along the Manawatu River’s edge.

Horizons Regional Council freshwater coordinator Lucy Ferguson is looking forward to supporting further work.  

“We’re seeking new projects that will engage and mobilise communities in cleaning up the River. A strong preference will be shown towards physical ‘on the ground’ work,” Ms. Ferguson says.

Applications to the grants fund will be assessed on their environmental benefits, feasibility, community involvement and long-term benefits to the region.

More information and application forms are available via the Manawatu River website www.manawaturiver.co.nz

Applications close 4pm Friday 7 November 2014.