Key dates and how to apply to the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund

This page provides information on how to apply to the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. It includes links to the guide, application form, and reporting templates for applicants.

For information about the fund and who is eligible to apply see the About the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund web page.

Funding Round 1 2020/21 ELA Panel Meeting has been changed to 18 August 2020, therefore the closing date for applications has now been extended to 10 July 2020.

Key dates

For the 2020/21 financial year.

 funding round open Funding round closes ELA panel meeting 
  10 July 2020 18 August 2020
6 July 2020 21 August 2020 25 September 2020
24 August 2020 23 October 2020 27 November 2020
25 October 2020 15 January 2021 19 February 2021
18 January 2021 12 March 2021 16 April 2021
15 March 2021 14 May 2021 18 June 2021

Guide, application form, and reporting templates for applicants

Information guide

Before applying for funding you will need to read the guide for applicants. It will help you determine whether your group is eligible for funding and help you answer the questions in application form.

Application form

Applications must be made using this application form updated in July 2019.

Deed of funding template

Successful applicants enter into a deed of funding with the Ministry to pay the costs (up to specified amounts) for the specified legal counsel and expert witnesses. The deed of funding is prepared by the Ministry using the template below.

Confirmation of work undertaken form

All invoices sent to the Ministry for payment must be accompanied by the ‘Confirmation of work undertaken form’.

Update on proceedings reporting form

An ‘Update on proceedings reporting form’ must be completed and sent to the Ministry by 1 June each year until a decision has been made or settlement reached.

Final report form

The 'Final report form' must be completed and returned to the Ministry within four weeks of receiving the final decision of the Environment Court or board of inquiry.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the fund, or queries about whether the resource management proceedings you are participating in may be eligible for funding, please contact us. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with us at an early stage.

Freephone: 0800 499 700
Phone: +64 4 439 7400
Fax: +64 4 439 7700

Street address

The ELA Fund
Ministry for the Environment
Environment House
23 Kate Sheppard Place,
New Zealand

Postal address

The ELA Fund
Ministry for the Environment
PO Box 10362
Wellington 6143
New Zealand