Supporting and driving conservation initiatives in Cape Town.

Small Grants Facility

CTEET has been appointed as a facility to issue small grants on behalf of the Table Mountain Fund.

This latest addition to the Nature Care Fund will focus on working with communities around the natural areas in Cape Town. This project aims to create a greater awareness, strengthen leadership roles, capacitate youth, and grow and develop new entrants into the conservation space with the long term focus on the new entrants venturing into the Green Economy.

We are very excited to be one of these facilities and look forward to working with inspiring organisations to change lives through nature!

Read about the organisations and projects that are supported below:

16

Projects Supported

R 404 825

Invested into projects

Small Grant Projects 2020

The Argonaut Science project aims to support the development of marine science education programmes and to promote environmental education and sustainable practices. The project will focus on teaching youth and educators about basic ecological and social issues around marine conservation through workshops and field trips. Their aim is to highlight marine biology as a career path and to empower learners.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The aim of the Earthchild Eco-Explorers project is to instill in learners a strong appreciation for the natural world and to grow future leaders who care for the environment and become change-makers in their communities. The project will focus on Grade 7 learners from eight different schools across the Cape Flats and will inspire them to connect with nature through interactive guided hikes and eco-adventures across the Western Cape.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The purpose of the Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei’s project is to upskill and capacitate a local community-based project team that contributes to achieving the ecological objectives of the False Bay Nature Reserve. This will be done through maintaining litter traps and clearing alien invasive vegetation, with the aim of contributing to the long-term vision of restoring Zeekoevlei’s ecological integrity.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The Tokai Park Biodiversity Gateway project aims to effectively engage stakeholder groups and schools from the surrounding community to inspire a passion and love for nature. The project will focus on engaging community groups through an ‘Adopt-a-Plot’ project, a week-long environmental education nature festival, and excursions to the park for 15 school groups. Through this project the Friends of Tokai Park hope to address the alien vegetation problem within the park and to enhance biodiversity.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The aim of the Lessons in Conservation Western Cape project is to educate the youth of Cape Town about conservation and the environmental issues we are currently facing. Lessons in Conservation Western Cape hope to create a connection between people and the environment through first-hand experiences. This will be achieved through environmental education lessons, excursions, and outdoor holiday programmes.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The Oceano Reddentes project aims to pioneer a natural building system using eco bricks and to educate the youth on plastic waste and the environment. In addition, the project aims to conduct beach clean-ups and research into the types of plastic waste collected. The project will aim to achieve this through regular clean-ups and workshops.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The purpose of the Renew the Elsieskraal River project is to increase biodiversity along the banks of the Elsieskraal river canal in Pinelands, to reduce the amount of pollution entering the ocean via the Elsieskraal river, and to increase environmental awareness among community members and youth living in Pinelands. To achieve this, litter traps will be installed and maintained, and community engaged clean-ups and planting days will be conducted throughout the year.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The Ocean Ambassadors project aims to inform the youth about the dangers of plastic pollution through citizen science experiments. The project will afford Grade 11 and 12 learners with the opportunity to sail out into Table Bay, Cape Town, and experience first-hand the effects of plastic on the oceans through educational lessons and experiments.

The Capricorn Conservation Project will be run through the Wynberg Girls’ High School Enviro Club. The Enviro Club will be partnering with Capricorn Primary in Vrygrond to create a sustainable vegetable and fynbos garden, as well as introduce eco bricking into the school. The project aims to improve environmental consciousness at Capricorn Primary School, and use the environment as an educational tool.

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Small Grant Projects 2019

The Honeybun Foundation project aims to enrich the lives of a small informal settlement in Southfield through environmental education and encouraging self-sufficiency. The project will focus on providing infrastructure for a small classroom as a base to run education activities from, facilitating outings to the City of Cape Town’s Nature Reserves, as well as through the development of vegetable gardens and lessons on permaculture.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The Young Green Anglicans project aims to inspire youth to take practical action to protect nature through: combatting single use plastic, reducing water wastage, and planting indigenous plants. The project will link youth and Sunday school with nature through environmental hikes, and lessons using comprehensive resource materials developed to make the link between faith and nature.

For more info on this organisation visit their Website.

The Lwandle Hiking Club project aims to promote environmental education through formal and informal activities for secondary school learners. Through formal lessons, with links to the CAPS curriculum in Life Sciences and Geography, the learners will increase their environmental knowledge and become more aware of three environmental themes: water, solid waste, and biodiversity enhancement. Environmentally orientated day trips, such as hikes, aim to improve the learners understanding and their attitude towards nature, with the hope that some of the learners will be inspired to pursue a career within the environmental sector.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook Page

The Fynbos Connects Us project aims to add three fynbos gardens along the Liesbeek River, and three in Bonteheuwel, that will form stepping-stones in a corridor adjacent to the Black and Liesbeek Rivers. This project aims to encourage a knowledge exchange of how to mobilise local communities (a strength of the Bonteheuwel Walking Ladies) with practical and professional biodiversity knowledge (a strength of the Newlands and Rondebosch group) between participating community organizations. It is hoped that these gardens will upskill and encourage involvement from community members.

For more info on this organisation visit their Website.

The Clean our Hoods project will focus on creating an environmentally conscious community through cleanup days and environmental activities. The project plans to work in two communities, namely Mfuleni and Vrygrond.

JEQ is a school based in Schaapkraal, Philippi, that aims to implement a Zero-waste to Landfill Initiative. The project aims to generate awareness around our natural resources, encouraging learners to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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The Capricorn Conservation Project will be run through the Wynberg Girls’ High School Enviro Club. The Enviro Club will be partnering with Capricorn Primary in Vrygrond to create a sustainable vegetable and fynbos garden, as well as introduce eco bricking into the school. The project aims to improve environmental consciousness at Capricorn Primary School, and use the environment as an educational tool.

Follow the School’s Facebook Page.

The Village Heights Community Centre Eco-buddies is a group of about 25 youth from Lavender Hill. The project aims to expose the Village Heights Eco-buddies to nature, and encourage and educate the youth from Lavender Hill about caring for the environment and implementing sustainable practices. This will be achieved through conservation-related excursions, and lessons about waste management, water-saving, and indigenous plants.

The purpose of the Future Kids Project is to create awareness about plastic pollution and its effect on the planet and our oceans. The project encourages a sense of responsibility among youth to take charge through regular beach clean-ups. The Future Kids clean-up club was founded by Rocco Da Silva in 2018, “I was tired of seeing litter on the beach and all around and decided to do something about it by getting friends together to cleanup up the beach, every month. The club meets once a month on Strand beach to clear the litter, we are assisted by Manor Homes, and Interwaste removes, sorts and recycles the collected waste.”

Small Grant Projects 2018

The LIMPET (Long-term Intertidal Monitoring through Participation, Evaluation & Training) citizen science programme aims to build knowledge and values that inspire young South Africans to care for a healthy ocean environment, while contributing valuable information towards the research and management of Marine Protected Areas. LIMPET directly contributes to conservation and biodiversity enhancement by generating biodiversity data that is supplied to a long-term database, which is accessible to reserve managers, researchers, and the public.

For more info on this organisation visit their Facebook page.

The Youth Angling Academy Project affords youth from disadvantaged communities an opportunity to learn about the ocean, sustainable fishing practices, and to instill a love and respect for the environment. Through the project, youth not only gain invaluable knowledge on the environment, but in conjunction they develop an array of leadership skills.

For more info on this project visit their Facebook page.

The Mosselbank River Maintenance project aims to build capacity in and resource a community-based project team of local volunteers that works to rehabilitate and maintain the social, ecological and amenity value of the Mosselbank River corridor at Greenville Garden City. This will ensure the river is restored to its natural state, and becomes a thriving corridor with a range of benefits to the local Greenville community.

The Ingcungcu Sunbird Restoration Project aims to create a migration corridor for nectar feeding birds across the Cape Flats, forming a geographical link between the Table Mountain National Park and the Boland mountains, leading to biodiversity enhancement. Through the use of schools as planting sites, the project will facilitate the entry of students and teachers into conservation.

For more info have a look at their Facebook page.

The Living Labs Project aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop meaningful relationships with local ecosystems & biodiversity, thus creating a more environmentally conscious and caring society. The project will also contribute to valuable, reliable, long-term data on changes in the health of river ecosystems.

For more info have a look at their Website and Facebook page.

The Thelma Susan Block Dumas Institute aims to enhance the youth footprint to the Edith Stephens Nature Reserve through Skills-based & Biodiversity Education and Awareness training Projects. This opportunity will enable youth to become educated, skilled, productive, value adding, and conscious individuals; and to prepare the participants to pursue a tertiary education for the 2019 academic year.

Children of the Land – Project Indigenousness

The Children of the Land – Project Indigenousness introduces indigenous flora of the Cape Floristic Region to children of primary school age. This is achieved through setting up outdoor classrooms, nurseries, seed banks, education programmes, and offering experiences focused on biodiversity and wild food growing.

For more info on this project visit their Facebook page.

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