Applications Open for Waikato Regional Council Environmental Initiative Funds

Waikato Regional Council is inviting applications to its Environmental Initiatives Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to community projects that directly benefit the environment or provide environmental education.  Funding up to $40,000 is available.  Projects may be funded for up to three years.  Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020.  Funding up to $40,000 is available.  Projects may be funded for up to three years.  Applications are open this month and close 5 pm 27 July 2020.

See the website here for more details 

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Projects must be in keeping with Council’s mission, strategic priorities  and its statutory functions and duties as a regional council. Funding can be provided to specific projects designed to:

  • enhance the environment
  • promote and/or contribute to sustainable management of the environment
  • raise community awareness of environmental issues
  • provide environmental education.

Applications are assessed by Waikato Regional Council’s staff according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Fit with Council’s regional outcomes and policies – how the project contributes to Council’s LTP outcomes and resource management policies.
  • Environmental enhancement – a clear need for the project, and how the project will directly promote, enhance or protect the Waikato region’s environment.
  • Community participation & awareness – how the project involves iwi Māori, the wider community and increases public awareness of environmental issues.
  • Innovation/uniqueness – how unique or special is the project and/or does the project benefit threatened species or habitats?
  • Collaboration and partnership – whether the applicants have explored and developed any opportunities for collaboration and partnership with others resulting in contributory funding from other parties.
  • Applicant contribution – whether the applicant is actively involved in the project and making a contribution in the form of materials, labour, advisory role, education or financial contribution.
  • Viability – the likelihood of the project’s success and the applicant’s capability to deliver the outcomes of the project. Desirable attributes include a robust project plan, a project budget providing visibility of all funding sources for the project and a clear method for monitoring the success of the project.
  • Budget – does the project represent value for money and is the applicant actively involved in the project and making a contribution in the form of materials, labour, advisory role, education or financial contribution.
  • Value to Mana Whenua – how the project involves iwi Māori including their cultural values, interests and associations, the effect on Māori historic heritage or the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, water, sites, waahi tapu and other taonga including fauna and flora.