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Grants to help kids get hands-on with nature

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June 01, 2018

Junior Landcare grants, available to schools, childcare centres and youth groups in Benalla, will help local children learn about sustainability and the local environment.

Junior Landcare grants, available to schools, childcare centres and youth groups in Benalla, will help local children learn about sustainability and the local environment.

The grants will allow thousands of Victorian students at more than 200 schools and youth organisations to have the opportunity to get hands-on with inventive projects.

Landcare Australia and Momentum launched Powerful Youth Projects (PYP) in 2017 to seek new ideas for how children can actively learn and develop skills for protecting local environments.

Through this program, schools, childcare centres and youth groups in Benalla can apply for grants of up to $1000.

Following a successful first year, which saw more than 24000 students engaging in more than 200 projects, the PYP program has been rolled out across the state again this year.

To encourage the enthusiasm shown by so many recipients last year, Momentum Energy has increased its funding to ensure that 219 schools across Victoria were awarded grants.

The variety of projects range from vegie or bush tucker gardens to composting or recycling projects, sensory gardens and other sustainable or environmental ideas.

Other projects include those to learn about biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, including bee projects, frog bogs and native revegetation.

Momentum Energy managing director Paul Geason said Momentum was proud to support and promote sustainability at the school level.

‘‘Our parent company... is Australia’s largest producer of renewable energy, so we are keen to promote sustainability wherever we can, particularly among school children,’’ Mr Geason said.

‘‘Momentum Energy’s commitment to promoting sustainability is a big part of our mission to make energy more human.’’

Landcare Australia acting chief executive officer Shane Norris said he was delighted to be able to support so many schools in Victoria.

‘‘Junior Landcare is all about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment,’’ Dr Norris said.

‘‘So it’s fantastic to be working in partnership with Momentum Energy two years in a row supporting thousands of children to get hands-on with nature.

‘‘Last year’s projects produced exciting results and we can’t wait to see this year’s projects come to fruition.’’

●For more information on the grants, visit www.landcareaustralia.org.au/powerful-youth-projects

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