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By Seymour Telegraph

The Victorian Government has announced a community grants program to help regional areas tackle climate change.

The $1million Community Climate Change Adaptation (3CA) Grant is for community projects that aim at helping communities adapt to climate change.

Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launched the grants as part of the Labor Government’s program Supporting our Regions to Adapt which is funded by the government’s Sustainability Fund.

Victoria is seen as the leader on tackling climate change in Australia, establishing the Sustainability Fund in 2005.

The hope is that the project funding will help communities find ways of adjusting to the climate changes occurring and to seek out better ways of doing things.

‘‘All our regions have their own unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to climate change, which is why we need to support good ideas at a local level to build resilient communities in the face of a changing climate,’’ Ms D’Ambrosio said.

‘‘The Community Climate Change Adaptation Grants Program will help get new and innovative ideas off the ground, while creating new relationships between communities, local governments and regional stakeholders.

‘‘This is another example of how we’re delivering real action on climate change in regional Victoria by investing in smart local projects that will help communities build thriving, sustainable futures.’’

Grants of between $25000 and $75000 will be available for regional projects and the funding is available for two categories:

■Projects that build the adaptive capacity for communities and stakeholders to respond or adapt to climate change impacts in their region; and

■Projects that deliver tangible actions that help our communities adapt to climate change impacts they are already facing.

To be eligible, projects must be either implemented in partnership with or led by a Traditional Owner corporation, community group, local council or not-for-profit organisation.

Applications close March 31. To apply, visit: climatechange.vic.gov.au/3CAgrants