Media Release – Apply for a local community beverage container recycling grant to receive up to $10,000
Apply for a local community beverage container recycling grant to receive up to $10,000
If you have local community project that can increase the recycling of beverage containers, apply now for a community grant of up to $10,000.
The Keep Australia Beautiful grants, funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, are open to all communities across Australia with grants of up to $10,000 per applicant available for projects that will result in a measurable increase in beverage container recycling in local communities.
Applications are open to community groups, local associations, small to medium enterprises and local councils and will be awarded to:
• projects which address the specific issue of beverage container recycling and its by-products;
• practical local solutions that can be used as examples for others and leave a legacy;
• projects that do not duplicate existing recycling activities; and
• projects that result in measurable volumes of recycled materials.
According to Peter McLean, Keep Australia Beautiful Acting National Executive Officer, “The community grants program provides local communities with the opportunity to play an active role in increasing the recovery and recycling of beverage containers in their local area, and help divert them from unnecessarily ending up in landfill.
“It provides fantastic funding opportunities for projects that local community groups, councils, and other organisations otherwise would not have access to, benefiting both the local community and the environment in a positive, results driven way.
“With the additional funding from Coca-Cola this year, we can ensure even more opportunities will be available to increase beverage container recycling in local communities”, he added.
A proven ability to implement, measure and report on suitable projects will be taken into account, whilst past and present participants in the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Awards – incorporating the Tidy Towns and Sustainable Cities programs, will also be highly regarded,
In larger communities this may mean infrastructure for events, or for special venues such as large retail centres, sporting venues or education centres. In smaller communities, it may mean assistance with transport or processing to overcome remote location or dispersed population.
In the past two years, the Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Program has resulted in over $300,000 being distributed through the Keep Australia Beautiful Network to almost 50 organisations Australia wide.
In 2012, Coca-Cola has provided a significant increase in grant funding with over $580,000 now available for local community projects.
Applications for the 2012 grants funding close on Friday 20th July 2012, with successful applicants confirmed early August. Application forms are available from Keep Australia Beautiful State and Territory Offices or from the national website www.kab.org.au (click ‘Get Involved’ ‘Community Grants’).
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For media enquiries and details of previous projects please contact:
Lara Shannon, KAB National Publicity, on 0415 076 015 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter McLean, KAB National Executive Officer on 0416 227 158 or email@example.com
About Keep Australia Beautiful
Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. National programs include the Australian Sustainable Community Awards consisting of Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities; the National Litter Index (results released in August) and Keep Australia Beautiful Week (20-26 August in 2012).
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company is a local business on a global scale. As our business has expanded over the years, so our community support has grown to create and support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. We are committed to investing our time, expertise and resources to help develop and maintain vibrant, sustainable and local communities.
Established in 1984 (and wholly funded by The Coca-Cola Company), The Coca-Cola Foundation helps keep that commitment every day by partnering with organizations around the globe to support initiatives and programs that respond in a meaningful way to community needs and priorities.
More information on The Coca-Cola Foundation can be found at http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation.html