Community Environment Fund

Community Environment Fund Round 5 is now closed.

Key dates for Community Environment Fund (CEF) Round 5 (September 2013):



30 September 2013

Funding round open for online registration and eligibility checks

From 14 October 2013

Application forms emailed to eligible applicants within 2 weeks of submitting online eligibility check

12 noon, Monday 16 December 2013

Funding round closes for registration and eligibility checks

12 noon, Monday 27 January 2014

Funding round closes for applications

February, March & April 2014

Application assessment and due diligence

May 2014

Final funding decisions made
Successful applicants invited to proceed to Stage II
Unsuccessful applicants notified

May & June 2013

Stage II: Finalise project details and sign Deed of Funding agreements

1 July 2014

Commencement of successful projects

Information on CEF funding rounds

The Ministry wants to work with you to help make a positive difference to the environment.

The Community Environment Fund (CEF) provides funding so New Zealanders are empowered to take environmental action. It also ensures:

  • partnerships (relating to practical environmental initiatives) between interested parties are supported and strengthened
  • community-based advice and educational opportunities are increased
  • awareness on environmental legislation and issues is heightened.

Each year there will be up to two opportunities/funding rounds to submit an application to the fund.

All applications are assessed against the CEF eligibility criteria, the Ministry's key priorities for the financial year, funding principles, and their merit compared with other applications. The Ministry's Statement of Intent has further information about our key priorities.

Community Environment Fund funded projects

All you need to know to apply to the CEF

To apply for funding:

  1. Register your organisation by using the portal. Registrations are now closed.
  2. Complete the online eligibility check for open and contestable funding rounds on the portal. You will need to complete one check for each application you intend to submit. Eligibility checks are now closed.
  3. The Ministry will assess the eligibility of your project. If eligible, we will send you an application form.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 27 January 2014. Only applications submitted on the official CEF Round 5 (September 2013) application form will be considered for funding. Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact us

Funds Management Team
Phone: 0800 499 700


Last updated: 1 April 2014