MBPJ community seed funding grant now open for application

Examples of past PJ SEED projects include upcycling programmes and zero waste initiatives.

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is inviting applications for its PJ SEED (Social, Environment and Economy Development) community grant after the launch of its programme for 2021.

“The application is open to registered and recognised community organisations, for the planning and implementation of projects or initiatives that will help the city council improve its performance in 10 selected fields, ” said MBPJ Corporate Communications Unit in a statement.

“The fields are smart city and digital economy; green city and green economy; circular economy and 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle); low-carbon city; safe city; child-friendly city; learning city; sustainable transportation and infrastructure; universal design and society 5.0.

“The fields are selected because they are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030 or achievements the city council has obtained at national or international levels.”

Applications for PJ SEED are open to Rukun Tetangga, residents associations, village development and security committees (JKKK), joint management bodies, management corporations, parent-teacher associations, schools, public and private institutions of higher learning, places of worship as well as non-governmental organisations or bodies.

The projects that can be implemented include those on communication, education and public awareness, service, infrastructure (allocation not exceeding 30%), research and networking.

The main objective of PJ SEED is to improve MBPJ’s performance in the 10 related fields through community participation, partnerships and inclusiveness, all of which go towards achieving a sustainable city by 2030.

“In other words, providing seed funding to a community to start and implement an initiative will help improve the city council’s programmes, strategies and direction, ” said the media statement.

“Only projects in the selected fields with the aim of improving MBPJ’s performance are eligible to apply for the community grant.

“Given that this is the third year for PJ SEED, MBPJ has improved on the key criteria and tweaked the focus areas to 10, compared to 11 in previous years.

“Priority will be given to projects with high impact on MBPJ and the community.

“The proposed projects must achieve their objectives and deliver a positive impact on Petaling Jaya’s sustainability for the future, ” the council added.

Since launching the community grant two years ago, MBPJ has approved 93 projects and a total allocation of RM1.45mil.

Examples of past projects include urban or community farms, eco-bricks to make furniture, murals at public markets, polystyrene recycling, food waste composting and zero-waste programmes.

MBPJ will determine entitlement to the funds, ranging between RM5,000 and RM50,000.

The application form and guideline can be obtained at www.mbpj.gov.my or the Solid Waste Management Department and Public Cleansing Department’s office at Level 20, Menara MBPJ, Petaling Jaya.

Submission deadline is Aug 30.

For details, call 03-7954 1440 (secretariat) or email gerankomuniti3.0@mbpj.gov.my

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