2018 Environmental grants improve Niagara’s rural and urban spaces
Bats, blooms and shorelines are all getting a boost in Niagara this spring, thanks to a series of grants from the Niagara Community Foundation.
The Foundation is awarding five grants, totaling $20,500, from the Environmental Legacy Fund. This Fund supports projects that use a collaborative approach to meet environmental challenges.
“The recipients all came to us with projects that were really innovative and unique. They have the potential to reach thousands of people across the Niagara Region,” said Bryan Rose, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
Heartland Forest was awarded $5,000 to create a citizen science project monitoring local bat populations through the use of bat detectors and strategically-placed trail cameras, along with the creation of habitat enhancing bat roosting boxes and a maternity roost structure built by Heartland’s own wood shop and program participants.
The City of Niagara Falls’ Park in the City Committee was awarded $4,000 to expand the Schools In Bloom program to include new schools who want to develop environmental/horticulture projects that are student-driven.
Links for Greener Learning was awarded $3,500 to support the Wetlands Project to promote environmental awareness of wetlands and engage students and members of the community to take action in their restoration and protection. That can include cleanup of local wetland areas, planting of native trees to encourage local biodiversity, public education through workshops and school campaigns.
Friends of Fort Erie Creeks was granted $3,500 to purchase a Blue-Green Algae probe for their work with surface water quality monitoring.
The Township of West Lincoln was awarded $4,500 to plant trees in Wellandport Community Park, install educational signage and purchase picnic tables to enhance the park and naturalize the shoreline.
These projects include efforts to involve students in the initiatives and to teach residents. All projects rely on collaborations with other groups or organizations.
Since the environmental fund was established in 2001, more than $460,000 has been awarded to dozens of groups and organizations, who have planted trees, removed invasive species, restored wetlands or identified species at risk.
Created in 2000, the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $50 million and has granted in excess of $11 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development sectors.
Contact: Bryan Rose, Executive Director
(905) 684-8688 ext. 22