Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is focused on reducing adverse urban impacts on the natural environment.
The changing climate, an increasing population, competing land uses and pollution are some of the environmental challenges confronting our community.
In response, we are developing and incubating solutions that ensure an equitable transition to a more sustainable future.
The Foundation is working towards achieving the following outcomes (click each one to learn more):
Does your organisation's work align with the outcomes of this Impact Area?
Learn about our Grants Program and speak to Dan Pediaditis, Program Manager - Environment & Sustainability.
Learn more about the issues affecting our community
Our Greater Melbourne Vital Signs Report provides a snapshot of the health, wellbeing and vitality of Greater Melbourne. The report identifies positive aspects of our community, as well as the issues we face, and informs the Foundation's strategy.
Seed Innovation Grants
|Australian Academy of Science||Ocean and Coastal Futures: A Ten-Year Strategy 2020-2030.|
This project will research requirements and content for The Ocean and Coastal Futures Ten-Year Strategy and will outline clear, actionable strategies for achieving healthy and resilient oceans and coasts for all of Australia.
|Landcare Australia Limited||Building capacity to support productive and environmentally-sustainable farming in Melbourne’s food bowl.|
The project will provide Landcare Australia staff with ‘Accounting for Nature’ training, focused on environmental monitoring and assessment of Natural Capital (water, soil, biodiversity, carbon, etc.) condition on farming properties. They will then research and develop simple, evidence-based Decision Guides for farmers to integrate sound management of soil, water and ecological conservation.
|University of Technology Sydney||Help our marine life to stop eating microplastic 'Junk' food.|
This project will clean-up marine microplastics by developing a mechanistic tool that concentrates microplastic particles into larger 'clumps' by exploiting their electrostatic quality. These clumps could then be easily removed with existing ocean-pollution clean-up technology.
Scaling-up Innovation Grants
|Heytesbury District Landcare Network Inc||Positive impacts on Climate Change and Food Production from Increasing Soil Carbon.|
A new tillage technology has recently been established that enhances soil carbon, with approval from the Clean Energy Regulator to claim carbon credits. This project will help farmers adopt these methods and a range of other related practices, and work with the Clean Energy Regulator to ensure financial incentives can be claimed.
|The Trustee for The Nature Conservancy Australia Trust||Bringing Back Victoria’s Lost Oyster Reefs.|
The project aim is to restore native oyster reef ecosystems to improve Port Phillip’s biodiversity, fisheries and water quality and recover a near lost ecosystem from extinction. The project includes plans to leverage funding for a further 19 hectares within three years.