Andrew Hastie urges local environmental groups to apply for federal funding

Environmental groups in the Peel region are being encouraged to apply for funding from the federal government.

The Commonwealth is investing more than $22 million into the Communities Environment Program to support local environmental projects.

Each federal electorate is eligible to receive up to $150,000 of funding, with grants ranging from $2500 to $20,000.

Canning MP Andrew Hastie said the program would empower local community groups to deliver practical improvements to the local environment.

"We live in a beautiful part of the world - our community enjoys a stunning natural environment and native wildlife," he said.

"This program will support community groups in Canning that want to deliver projects to protect and preserve our local natural environment.

"Eligible projects will focus on local environmental priorities such as waste and litter reduction; protecting native animals, addressing weeds and pest animals; restoring and improving coast, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways; and greening parks and urban areas."

A broad range of organisations are eligible for nomination including community clubs, not-for-profit organisations and schools.

Interested organisations can collect an expression of interest form from Mr Hastie's office or website and submit it by September 27.

Eligible organisations will be invited to apply, with applications closing on October 10.

More information is available at www.business.gov.au/cep.