Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.
The programme aims to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/hapu with projects that will help increase engagement with Manawatū waterways and improve water quality in the catchment.
Horizons Regional Council chairman Bruce Gordon says the standard of previous applications has been exceptional.
“I’m looking forward to more projects being supported in their efforts to engage communities while improving the Manawatū River and its tributaries,” he says.
“We know there are some fantastic ideas out there that may need a bit of help to get off the ground or grow. If you or someone you know has a project in mind please get in touch with Horizons’ freshwater team to discuss your project,” says Mr Gordon.
Horizons freshwater coordinator Lucy Ferguson says application forms are now available online at www.manawaturiver.co.nz.
“Previous applicants have received funding to complete stream fencing, riparian planting, wetland enhancement, educational projects and longfin eel repatriation,” she says.