Administered by the Leards Forest Precinct Environmental Trust Inc.
The aim of the Environmental Grant Program is to facilitate projects that enhance the environment, protect the environment, or provide a sustainable environmental solution.
The criteria can be defined as follows:
Enhance - to raise to a higher degree, to intensify, to magnify.
Protect - to secure for future generations.
Sustainable - a system that maintains its own viability.
The Environmental Grant Program is derived from contributions made by Maules Creek Coal, Boggabri Coal and Tarrawonga Coal Mines under Voluntary Planning Agreements.
The program is administered by the Leards Forest Precinct Environmental Trust Inc. The Trust consists of representatives from the above mines, community and Gunnedah and Narrabri Shire Councils.
Having held three rounds of funding since its inception, the Environmental Grant Program is now to remain open to applications all year round. Applications will be required to be submitted by 30 April to be eligible to be funded in the May of each year and by 15 October to be considered in the November of each year.