Nanaimo city council has given the go-ahead to create a community watershed restoration grant to be awarded annually to help groups pay for urban watersheds restoration projects. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo city council has given the go-ahead to create a community watershed restoration grant to be awarded annually to help groups pay for urban watersheds restoration projects. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo introduces new watershed restoration grant program

Council approves guidelines and criteria for program to support $20,000 worth of projects

Groups wanting to give nature a helping hand in Nanaimo will be able to get some financial help from the city.

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting last month, endorsed guidelines and criteria to support a new community watershed restoration grant program.

According to a city press release, up to $20,000 in grant funding will be available annually to community organizations, environmental non-profits and individual residents who want to carry out watershed restoration projects focused on urban stream and riparian restoration enhancement, natural environment protection, and/or climate change adaptation solutions.

Funding can also be used for restoration planning and design studies, material purchase, invasive plants disposal, equipment rental and labour.

Applications for up to $20,000 will be accepted, but funding of less than $20,000 can also be split between more than one successful applicant.

“Nanaimo residents and local volunteers have historically been wonderful stewards of the city’s many watercourses and natural spaces,” said Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog in the press release. “The community watershed restoration grant will provide these stewards important financial support necessary to assist their work.”

The city will start accepting grant applications in early fall with applications due in mid-October. For more information on the watershed restoration grant and other available city grants, visit www.nanaimo.ca/your-government/grants.

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