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Invasive Species Centre launches 2022 Microgrants for Ontario

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The Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie is launching the 2022 Microgrants for Invasive Species Education for groups interested in carrying out a local project.

Executive director Sarah Rang says individuals, groups, or organizations in Ontario can apply for a microgrant, towards a one-time, small size education, community action, or management planning project that focuses on prevention and/or management of invasive species.

She says an invasive species is an organism that causes, or is likely to cause, ecological, economic, or social harm in a new environment where it is not native.

The invaders reduce the diversity of plant and animal species in an environment and can put native species at-risk.

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Rang adds the centre is awarding microgrants of $1,000 and $5,000 each to potential projects in Ontario and encourages applicants to submit their project ideas for a chance to be awarded a grant for 2022.

Applicants submit a 2-page Microgrant Submission Form with project name, description/justification, objectives and expected outcomes, budgets, schedule, and applicant information by February 4, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by February 25, 2022. Project activities can occur anytime between March 2022 and December 2022.

Successful microgrant recipients will receive a single award of $1,000 or $5,000 for activities to be completed in 2022. The ISC is also looking forward to showcasing the funded projects and ask that successful candidates provide updates and/or a report during the year.

To view the complete guidelines and download the submission form visit www.invasivespeciescentre.ca/isc-microgrants. Nomination forms may be submitted by email to info@invasivespeciescentre.ca by February 4, 2022.

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