Council Funding Available: Heritage and Waste Minimisation Grants

Auckland Council Grants are now open for :  Regional Heritage Funding , which is up to $20,000 for care and restoration of privately owned buildings  and now  also “heritage land” (not council owned).   Get some funding support  if you’re planning to upgrade that packing shed roof, or barn, church or your listed villa.   I notice they have added landscaping and historic land to the list.  As Oratia is in a heritage area our orchards are specifically named as having heritage value under the Waitakere Heritaage Act, perhaps you could  get support for restoring a heritage orchard – might be worth checking out

Funding is also open for  Waste Minimisation Fund $250 – $5000 (things like : school gardens,  compost bins,  worm farms, new recycling bins at the church,   crockery at the hall to reduce throwaway, chipper for garden waste, community cider press or other waste reduction ideas)

1. Regional Historic Heritage Grants are now available

 Council has grants of  up to $20,000 for heritage restoration projects in Auckland.  Yes for private buildings (not council buildings)

. Details below:

“You can get financial help for projects which promote the conservation, protection and restoration of significant heritage places, structures, archaeological sites, and sites of cultural and spiritual significance. Scheduled historic heritage places will be prioritised.

 The next funding application round opens on Tuesday 15 March 2016 and closes at 10pm on Friday 15 April 2016. If you are interested in hearing more, please have a look at our website here. We will also be holding a funding workshop on Tuesday, 5 April from 6pm in Three Kings. Please RSVP by reply email if you would like to attend,.

 Individual private owners, iwi or Māori groups, community groups, trusts and other organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to $20,000.

You can apply for a grant to support a range of projects, including:

 – Protection or enhancement of the structural integrity of buildings or historic land

-Restoration of heritage features, including landscaping

– Maintenance and repair of historic heritage places

– Kaitiakitanga of Māori cultural heritage

– Enabling public access & providing public information”

2. Waste Minimisation Fund

$250 – $5000
Applications open: 1 April 2016
Applications close: 30 April 2016

Apply now

About the fund

The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is a new grants programme that supports projects to reduce and minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. This fund emerged from the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), adopted in June 2012.

The vision of the WMMP is to help Auckland achieve the status of the world’s most liveable city, by working towards zero waste by 2040. Through the fund, Aucklanders have the chance to help reach that goal.

Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund FAQS (PDF 102KB)

Funding priorities

  • Resource recovery initiatives and facilities
  • Commercial waste
  • Organic waste
  • Community action and behaviour change


  • Only waste minimisation projects are eligible for funding. Projects must promote or achieve waste minimisation. Waste minimisation covers the reduction of waste, and the reuse and recycling and the recovery of materials or energy for further use or processing
  • The scope of the fund includes educational projects that promote waste minimisation activity only, but not general environmental education programmes
  • The fund does not cover projects that focus on waste disposal or on the treatment of wastes for disposal/clean ups
  • Projects must result in new waste minimisation activity, either by implementing new initiatives, or a significant expansion in the scope or coverage of existing activities
  • Funding is not for the ongoing financial support of existing activities, nor is it for the running costs of the existing activities of organisations, individuals or firms
  • Projects may be for a discrete funding timeframe of one to three years, after which the project objectives should have been achieved and, where appropriate, the initiative has become self-funding
  • Funding can be used for operational or capital expenditure that is required to undertake a project
  • The applicant must be a legal entity or fall under an umbrella legal entity
  • The fund will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of the project. Applicants will need to demonstrate adequate sources of additional funding from their own or other resources, or in kind