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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Te Ao Tūroa Grants

In the year 2018/19, a contestable grant of $30,000 is available to support community projects and activities that help the city deliver on Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World, Dunedin's Environment Strategy 2016 – 2026.

This funding round will provide grants from $5000 up to $15,000 for projects making a significant contribution to achieving the goals of Te Ao Tūroa – The Natural World.

Funding Criteria

To be eligible for funding, a project should achieve one or more of the following objectives of Te Ao Tūroa:

Goal 1: Dunedin is resilient and carbon zero | Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri, ā muri ake nei

  • Impact positively on the global environment
  • Plan for and adapt to climate change
  • Manage natural resources sustainably

Goal 2: Dunedin has a healthy environment | He ao tūroa, he ao hauora

  • Sustain ecosystem services
  • Increase indigenous biodiversity
  • Restore areas of ecological value

Goal 3: Dunedin people care for the natural world | Taikiakitaka

  • Enjoy, connect to and celebrate the natural world
  • Increase understanding of the natural world
  • Champion the natural world

In doing so, a project should demonstrate how one or more of the commitments outlined in the Strategy (please see How we’ll do this) will be delivered through the project. It is a good idea to read how each of the Strategy’s goals and objectives will be achieved.

A project will be evaluated according to how it meets one or more of the Te Ao Tūroa key delivery approaches:

  1. Taking a city-wide approach to protecting and enhancing Dunedin’s natural environment. This can include trials or pilots of something that could then be city-wide.
  2. Creating or using partnerships with stakeholders and communities (e.g. iwi, scientists, councils, business and other community groups) (Please note: letters of support from partners will be requested).
  3. Demonstrating an innovative approach for work to support the natural world.

The grant is only available for projects taking place within the boundaries of Dunedin City. The applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation and can be an informal group with a set of rules and separate bank account or a legally constituted community group or organisation.

As the grant is complementary to other funding sources, priority will be given to organisations that leverage funding from multiple sources.

Application Date

Applications will open on Tuesday 5 March 2019 and close at 5pm on Friday 5 April 2019. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Process

All applications will be acknowledged within 10 working days of receipt. DCC staff will check applications to ensure they have been completed correctly and sufficient detail has been provided.

A subcommittee of the Te Ao Tūroa Partnership (the governance group for the Strategy that includes a range of key stakeholders and community representatives) will make recommendations and report to the full Partnership for confirmation of successful applications. The organisational partners represented on the Partnership include Kāi Tahu, Otago Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Otago Polytechnic and University of Otago. The applicant will be notified in writing within 10 working days of the Partnership making a decision on their application.

Where an organisation is already in receipt of a grant or loan or any other type of funding from the DCC, then these should be disclosed as part of the application. These other funding sources will form part of the consideration by the Partnership.

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