This page outlines the standard application and funding process of the Community Environment Fund.
CEF standard application and funding process
1. Complete and submit the application forms (part 1 and part 2)
- Applicants must complete the CEF application forms for the funding round and submit them by email to CEFapplication@mfe.govt.nz by the due date.
- Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
- To improve your chance of success, please refer to the Community Environment Fund Guide for Applicants 2017 before completing this form.
There are two parts to the application form – both must be completed:
Application form part 1 : Project proposal and governance [Word, 223 KB]
Application form part 2 : Estimated project budget [Excel 28 KB]
Applications must be received by the Ministry between 9 am Monday 21 August 2017 and 12 noon on Thursday 14 September 2017.
2. Application assessment
An assessment panel reviews all eligible, complete applications and makes funding recommendations.
All applications are assessed against:
- CEF eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
- general government 'value for money' criteria
- the Ministry’s key priorities, see A generation from now – Our long-term goals
- the funding principles
- other applications received in the same funding round.
The assessment panel makes recommendations for funding. The Minister for the Environment then decides which projects are invited to proceed to Stage 2 of the funding process. An invitation to Stage 2 is not an approval for funding.
The invitation to proceed to Stage 2 will stipulate the maximum amount of funding provisionally awarded to the project. This amount might be less than the amount of funding requested. When this happens, the scope and scale of the project may need amending during Stage 2 of the funding process.
1. Finalise project details
Applicants who reach Stage 2 are allocated a funds analyst from the Ministry to support them through Stage 2 of the funding process. Stage 2 involves finalising the details of the project for incorporation into a Deed of Funding. The Ministry will undertake independent third party due diligence and reference checks on the applicants invited to Stage 2 and their projects at the same time the deeds and funding are being prepared. Applicants have around three months to complete Stage 2 of the funding process.
2. Sign Funding Deed
Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Funding with the Ministry. Proof of legal entity status will be required before the Deed of Funding is signed.
The Deed of Funding describes the obligations and rights of the contracting parties and includes the following details:
- contracting parties
- contract term (maximum of three years)
- project description
- funding conditions
- activities and deliverables
- intellectual property
- payment conditions.
Deed of Funding [DOC, 228 KB]
Deed of Funding [PDF, 397 KB]
3. Start project
Fund recipients begin work on their projects and report to the Ministry on project progress as stipulated in the Deed of Funding.
The Ministry monitors and assesses each project against the stated performance measures and conditions within the Deed of Funding. Progress payments will be made in arrears once agreed deliverables have been submitted to the Ministry and have been assessed as complete and satisfactory.
Find out more
If you have questions about the fund, or would like to be added to our email update list, please contact the Community Environment Fund team.
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