Forty-six environmental projects have each received a share of more than $900,000 as part of Green Adelaide’s Grassroots Grants, helping to create a cooler, greener and wilder metropolitan Adelaide.

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Individuals, communities, schools and volunteer groups have been awarded between $2,000 and $150,000 for a range of projects, from enhancing biodiversity in Riverside Reserve in Bedford Park in Adelaide’s south, to greening land around Ngutu College, west of the city at Woodville North.

This third round of Green Adelaide’s Grassroots Grants program will also facilitate a significant project in enhancing connection and experience of green spaces for a number of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.

Green Adelaide Board Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels said the diversity of project types awarded to successful grant recipients demonstrated strong community involvement and interest in the environment.

“Awarding grants across a range of projects gives a clear indication of the strong interest South Australians have in protecting their local patch,” Professor Daniels said.

“Green Adelaide has been able to turn project ideas into a reality for our environment in a number of areas, from school greening to long-term habitat enhancement plans.

“Local, on-ground and practical projects are key in building genuine connection with nature, and I want to acknowledge and thank every successful recipient on the projects they are about to embark on.”

Professor Chris Daniels reflected on providing funding for grassroots initiatives as part of a long history of support for community projects.

“These 46 grant recipients from Round 3 will add to the now 124 projects Green Adelaide has funded across our Grassroots Grants program,” Professor Daniels said.

“This represents a significant boost to local community action in tackling the challenges of a warming climate, and safeguarding our natural environment.

“To name a few, Friends of Marino Conservation Park will receive much-needed funding to restore and protect one of the best remaining examples of coastal heath vegetation along our coastline, while St Margaret Mary’s Primary will be creating a new green space by planting native species to attract butterflies, birds and bees.

“These are just a snapshot of the fabulous and forward-thinking projects that were presented to us, and that we are proud to support.

“Through our latest round of Grassroots Grants, Green Adelaide continues to be a leader and facilitator of delivering practical and sustainable projects, deepening Adelaideans’ connection with nature.”

View the full list of successful projects.

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