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Climate change grants for regional communities

By Tara Whitsed

Climate change could be tackled at a regional level with the help of new Victorian Government grant funding.

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio recently launched the $1million Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) grants program.

Grants of between $25000 and $75000 will be available for practical, locally-driven projects that are helping communities adapt to climate change.

Funding is available for two categories of projects that build the adaptive capacity for communities and stakeholders to respond or adapt to climate change impacts in their region; and, projects that deliver tangible actions that help communities adapt to climate change impacts they already face.

‘‘All our regions have their own unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to climate change, which is why we need to support good ideas at a local level to build resilient communities in the face of a changing climate,’’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Goulburn Valley Environmental Group and Slap Tomorrow president John Pettigrew said groups such as these had long been advocating for action against climate change whether it be mitigating or adapting to climate change.

‘‘They work in different fields — Slap Tomorrow has certainly brought speakers to this region to help people to make changes and give them the confidence to take action.

‘‘And GVEG has certainly been on the front foot when it comes to sustainability projects at a local level.’’

Mr Pettigrew said both groups welcomed any actions like this from the government to assist communities make the change.

‘‘We, like other groups, will be looking at what options there are and whether we can take up some of this funding,’’ he said.

Applications close on March 31. To apply, visit: climatechange.vic.gov.au/3CAgrants