Community Environment Fund eligibility criteria

Eligible Community Environment Fund applicants will be assessed by an independent review panel. The panel makes recommendations, and the Minister for the Environment decides which projects will be invited to enter the next stage.

Eligibility criteria

1.    The project will contribute to one or more of the following:

    • strengthening partnership
    • raising environmental awareness  
    • encouraging participation in environmental initiatives in the community

    2.    The project is for a discrete timeframe of up to three years. After this time, the project objectives will have been achieved and, where appropriate, the initiative will have become self-funding.

    3.    The applicant is a legal entity.

    4.    The application is seeking between $10,000 and $300,000 (excluding GST) from the Community Environment Fund.

    Preference will be given to:

    • Applicants that demonstrate their project will support more than one of the following objectives:
      • raise awareness and involvement in resolving environmental issues
      • involve the community in practically focused action to improve environmental quality
      • support and strengthen collaboration between organisations to find community solutions to environmental challenges
      • provide improved community-based advice, educational opportunities and public information about environmental legislation and policy
      • provide wider economic, social or cultural benefits.    
         
    • Applicants that demonstrate:
      • their ability to deliver the project
      • the likelihood of the project’s success 
      • how the effectiveness of the project will be monitored, evaluated and reported
      • how the project will continue after funding ends and become self-sustaining (where applicable).
         
    • ​​Projects that have shared funding (the level of funding from other sources will considered).
       
    • Projects which focus on supporting community initiatives that contribute to:
      • reduced greenhouse gas emissions
      • improved freshwater management
      • improved coastal management
      • improved air quality
         
    • Projects with strategic value in achieving the purposes of the Fund. Strategic value means the likely ability of projects to act at catalysts that enhance and extend the uptake of good environmental practice.
    • Projects that collectively give the largest net benefit over time.

    Applicants of projects that are better suited to other government funding streams such as the Waste Minimisation Fund or the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund will be expected to apply to those funds before the Community Environment Fund.

    Applicants with biodiversity focused projects are expected to apply to the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund - Pūtea Tautiaki Hapori [Department of Conservation website]

    Reviewed:
    15/07/19