The Victorian Government has opened a new $1.15 million grant program to help councils make their communities more resilient to climate change.

The Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015 program, open for bids until 29 December, comprises two parts: a competitive round of grants of between $20,000 and $80,000 open to all councils; and a non-competitive round of grants of up to $10,000 for “resource-constrained councils”.

According to the government, the grants are needed to help councils “drive local climate change action”, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and “making effective and innovative decisions on how to increase resilience of services and assets”.

Lisa Neville, Victorian Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, said: “The impacts of climate change are real, and acting on climate change is fundamental for a thriving, resilient Victoria. We need to support local government to take advantage of the opportunities for jobs, growth, cleaner industries and more liveable communities.

“The government recognises the need for a coordinated, whole of government approach, and the need to work closely with the community, including local councils.”

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins added: “Many local councils have a fantastic record of working with their communities to tackle climate change – [this] announcement will help further that work.

“The impact of climate change is felt by all Victorians, and it is up to us to take action and reduce its effects – at a national, state and local level.”

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