Local communities and environment groups will have access to a $20 million fund for green grants announced today by the Victorian Coalition Government in the 2011-12 Victorian Budget.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Ryan Smith said the grants were to provide practical support for community action on the environment.
"The Coalition's Community Green Fund will support practical local action to help the environment by assisting communities in restoring environmental black spots," Mr Smith said.
"The Coalition's plan will support the many local community organisations and volunteers working hard across Victoria to build a better environment for families," Mr Smith said.
"This initiative will be welcomed across the state as it will offer small and large-scale grants to fund local community projects which improve biodiversity, reduce and manage waste and clean up our coasts and waterways," Mr Smith said.
Grants from the Coalition's Community Green Fund will be available to community and environmental groups, schools and traditional owners to fund projects that will improve Victoria's environment.
Projects will be focused on a range of local community environmental priorities such as the elimination of feral pests, weed control, cleaning up waterways, revegetation, resource recycling and re-use, biodiversity preservation and habitat preservation.
Grants will be scaled from $10,000 to major grants of up to $150,000, enabling a broad range of projects to be funded.
"The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to provide practical assistance to help local communities make a positive difference," Mr Smith said.