Local councils can apply to share in $1 million for greening and cooling projects across Adelaide’s urban environment, with Round 2 of Green Adelaide’s Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants opening today.

A pond with reeds and stones acts to assist with stormwater management
City of Tea Tree Gully raingarden and pond

Round 1 awarded 7 councils to undertake a range of projects, from a sustainable upgrade of a Port Adelaide residential street, to extensions of biodiversity corridors in Pasadena and Banksia Park, and a green transformation of 4 intersecting streets in Renown Park.

Green Adelaide Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels said that in Round 2, the program builds on opportunities to help councils improve liveability, biodiversity and climate-resilience across the metropolitan area.

“We are thrilled to support local councils through this funding program for cooling and greening projects,” Professor Daniels said.

“These grants can help councils maximise their existing on-ground efforts and leverage investments in providing liveable streets and open spaces, while also adapting to the impacts of a changing climate.

“Through Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants, councils can make an even greater difference to the biodiversity, conservation and sustainability of our urban environment.”

The program champions integrated projects, which demonstrate multiple benefits across urban greening, water-sensitive urban design and biodiversity-sensitive urban design.

Adelaide’s metropolitan councils could apply for funding for:

  • Design and construction of on-ground greening projects that incorporate water-sensitive urban design and biodiversity-sensitive urban design principles.
  • Planting of trees, shrubs and grasses, and installation other alternative greenery such as green walls and roofs.
  • Installation of water-sensitive urban design assets such as stormwater inlets, tree pits, raingardens, and permeable paving, as well as construct wetlands or stormwater management assets.

Grants of between $25,000 and $200,000 are available to local councils, with the expectation that recipients match any funding granted with an equal co-contribution.

Applications for the Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants Program are now open and close on Friday 23 February, 2024, and can be submitted via our Grants section.

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