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The Ministry for the Environment manages environmental funds on behalf of our Ministers. This section outlines the purpose of each fund and how to apply for funding. It also profiles projects that have received funding and lists funding resources for environmental projects available from other government departments.

In this section

  • A list of funding available from the Ministry for the Environment, including links to further information about each fund, and a list of funding available from other government departments.
  • The Community Environment Fund empowers New Zealanders to make a positive difference to the environment.
  • The Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund provides $2.63 million in annual funding to regional councils and unitary authorities for the remediation of contaminated sites that pose a risk to human health and the environment.
  • The Environmental Legal Assistance Fund provides not-for-profit groups with financial assistance to advocate for an environmental issue of public interest at resource management cases at the Environment Court, and at boards of inquiry constituted under the  ‘call-in’ provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991. 
  • The Freshwater Improvement Fund commits $100 million over 10 years to improve the management of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater and wetlands.
  • The Waste Minimisation Fund funds projects that promote or achieve waste minimisation. By supporting these projects the fund increases resource efficiency, reuse, recovery and recycling and decreases waste to landfill.
  • The Te Mana o Te Wai Fund provides funding for projects that support or enable iwi/hapū to improve the water quality of freshwater bodies, including lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and lagoons. The fund is now closed for applicants.
  • Contact details for funds administered by the Ministry.