If you’re looking to complete a community environmental project, outdoor recreational event, or fall tree planting, South Nation Conservation (SNC) can help. Applications for SNC’s popular Community Environmental Grants Program will be accepted until November 10.

The program has awarded more than $50,000 to community groups, non-profit organizations, and member municipalities since 2015, and it has supported community events that promote recreational use of rivers, protect the environment, and celebrate natural heritage across the conservation authority’s eastern Ontario watershed.

“We’re proud to support projects that the whole community can both learn and benefit from while protecting our local environment,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Community Lands and Outreach Lead.

SNC amended the program’s guidelines due to the ongoing pandemic. The program now includes up to $300 in funding for community environmental stewardship initiatives, such as tree and shrub plantings and creating or updating community gardens.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to help our community partners enhance public greenspaces during the pandemic, Mesman said. “Trees add infinite value to urban areas and community spaces, and people continue to visit municipal parks and conservation areas in record numbers, demonstrating the need for investments in these natural spaces.”

Since amending the program in 2020, SNC has helped add trees to public parks in each of its 16-member municipalities, including areas in the City of Ottawa, Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, and Leeds and Grenville.

On October 21 and 22, the SNC staff supported the Township of Russell by planting trees in seven of the municipality’s public parks thanks in part to the Community Environmental Grants Program.

Do you know of a public space that could benefit from some more trees? Visit www.nation.on.ca/grants for more information.