$1m invested in practical community green projects

Sunday 06 February 2022

Thirty projects have received a share of more than $1 million as part of round two of Green Adelaide’s Grassroots Grants to create a cooler, greener and wilder metropolitan Adelaide.

Individuals, groups and schools have been awarded between $2,000 and $150,000 in grants for projects like plantings in public schools across the north of Adelaide, revamping barren open space in the south and boosting community gardens with more tools and plants.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said round two of Green Adelaide’s Grassroots Grants had strong interest from the community, with close to 80 applications received for a total of more than $3 million worth of grants.

“Our Grassroots Grants program is helping local communities create cooler, greener and wilder suburbs across metropolitan Adelaide which is not only good for the environment but helps provide social and economic benefits as well, Minster Speirs said.

“This is another example of the practical action the Marshall Liberal Government is taking to tackle our changing climate and these grants are helping deliver important on-ground works.

“The 30 successful projects were selected based on how the projects benefit the public, demonstrate value for money, build on existing programs with strategic partnerships and collaborations, and are able to be maintained into future.

“It’s great to be able to turn these creative and well-deserved environmental project ideas into a reality.

“Adelaide has recently been named the third most liveable city in the world as well as being recognised as the second ever National Park City and project such as these will only further enhance this reputation.”

Green Adelaide Board Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels said that the Grassroots Grants demonstrate that together we can create a more environmentally friendly place to support people’s wellbeing.

“These grants enable people to take more action to better connect with nature. This is key to battling the challenges of a drying and warming climate, as well as safeguarding and promoting the health and wellbeing of everyone.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing these 30 new projects being delivered over the coming months.”

Green Adelaide is a South Australian Government supported organisation working to create a cooler, greener and wilder metropolitan Adelaide. Its Grassroots Grants program puts much needed funds in the hands of individuals and groups to help them transform their local environments.

To view the full list of successful projects visit www.greenadelaide.sa.gov.au/grants.