If you are interested in applying for funding from the Community Environment Fund, here is the process you will need to follow. The fund is now closed for applications. The timing of the next funding round has not been set.
1. Submit application
Complete the application forms and submit to CEFapplication@mfe.govt.nz by the due date. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
2. Application assessment
An independent assessment panel will review all completed eligible applications and make 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 [Controller and Auditor General website]
- other applications received in the same funding round.
3. Panel recommendations
The assessment panel recommends applications for funding to the Minister for the Environment.
4. Invitation to Stage 2
The Minister 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 can be less than the amount of funding requested and may require the scope and scale of the project to be amended during Stage 2 of the funding process.
1. Finalise the project
Applicants will be allocated an 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
- independent third party due diligence and reference checks on all applicants approved to proceed to Stage 2.
Applicants have approximately three months to complete Stage 2 of the funding process.
2. Sign Deed of Funding
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.
3. Start project
Fund recipients begin work on their projects and report to the Ministry 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.
If you have a query about the Community Environment Fund, email us and include your name, organisation, a summary of your query, and the best phone number to contact you on. We will respond to your query within five working days.