The City of Vernon is launching the 2017/18 sustainability grants program to encourage community participation in sustainable action while recognizing current and ongoing sustainability projects.
Grants between $500 and $1,000 will be available as an incentive to accelerate sustainability projects led by Vernon residents, youth, non-profit organizations and community groups.
“The sustainability grant program is an opportunity for the community to get involved and build their own ideas from the ground up,” said Jing Niu, environmental planning assistant.
“Projects could include establishing or improving a neighbourhood community garden, building educational or demonstration displays of conservation by students or youth groups, or undertaking energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction projects.”
Application for the sustainability grants will be accepted between Aug. 21 and Nov. 14 and recommendations will be reviewed by city council Dec. 10. Applications will be evaluated on how the proposed projects help achieve thecCity’s sustainability goals, who the project would benefit, and the overall impact of the project on the community. Successful grant recipients will have until September 2018 to complete their projects.
Additional program information and application will be available at www.vernon.ca/sustainability starting August 21.