June 13, 2019 – A new program has launched in the City of Kawartha Lakes to provide incentive funding for landowners and community groups who undertake projects that will improve the quality of surface water across the municipality.
The Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program will assist with implementing best management practices on private land within the municipality. Up to $30,000 is available for landowner incentives with an additional $10,000 available for community groups.
Individuals are eligible to receive up to $4,000, while there is no cap for the community-based projects, however awarding of grants will be based on need, merit and the number of applications received.
“What we have heard repeatedly is the need for an incentive-based program to assist with projects,” explained Holly Shipclark, Stewardship Coordinator at Kawartha Conservation. “Through extensive community consultation, we developed the Implementation Action Plan, which in conjunction with our lake management plans and implementation plans, outline how we can support our lakes and the actions homeowners can take to be part of ensuring the health of our lake today and in the future.”
The newly-launched Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program will further support efforts to protect and enhance lake quality and health through a variety of stewardship projects.
“This new fund is a great opportunity for landowners and community groups who want to get involved with helping the environment and getting incentive grants to do part of the work,” said Ms. Shipclark. “The landowner wins, the community wins, and the health and quality of our lakes win.”
The new program will have an initial single intake, with completed community grant proposals due by July 31. All initial site visits for the landowner grants must be completed by July 19 with the complete application submitted by July 31.
“It is a quick turn-around time for applications, but we know there is a number of property owners and community groups who have some great ideas and great projects that this incentive program would be ideal for,” said Ms. Shipclark. “We look forward to working with landowners and community groups to help bring their projects to fruition.”