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Waste minimisation funds

Community groups and organisations like yours play a vital role in helping achieve Dunedin’s vision to be one of the world’s great small cities. Recognising this role, the Dunedin City Council allocates funding for small projects, community initiatives and commercial innovation and development from the Waste Minimisation contestable fund,for distribution in accordance with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan’s (WMMP) vision and goals

  • Small Project Grants

    Community groups and organisations like yours play a vital role in helping achieve Dunedin’s vision to be one of the world’s great small cities. Recognising this role, the Dunedin City Council allocates up to $10,000 per year for small projects from the Waste Minimisation contestable fund, for distribution in accordance with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan’s (WMMP) vision and goals

    Guidelines

    Applications are open to any idea, project, initiative or event that encourages, promotes or administers waste minimisation activities in Dunedin.

    Funding is available for activities such as:

    • Waste minimisation projects, like making reusable bags from discarded materials
    • Setting up a recycling system in your school
    • Waste and material diversion for reuse, recycling or recovery for example composting initiatives or repairing for reuse
    • Waste minimisation educational programmes such as workshops on how to make reusable sandwich wraps to avoid cling film use
    • Waste minimisation promotional activities such as reducing the use of single use coffee cups and water bottles in favour of reusable options.

    The Small Projects fund has $10,000 per year for contestable funding applications up to $500 each and you can apply any time during the year. (Please note applications will not be considered between from the 11th December to the 31st January. Reviewed again from the 1st February).

    Grants are made to not-for profit, schools, charitable and voluntary community groups or organisations only, not to individuals. The fund provides grants for projects that take place within the Dunedin region. Grants are not awarded retrospectively so get cracking on your application now!

    What do I need to know before I apply?

    Where does the grant money come from?

    Funding is generated from the waste levy which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

    When does my project need to be finished?

    Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant date. If your project is not completed within the timeframe, you will have to pay back the grant.

    What costs can I get funding for?

    This depends on your project – some examples are:

    • Materials
    • Venue or equipment hire
    • Promotion and publicity of your event

    How much can I apply for?

    The maximum you can apply for is $500.

    How often can I apply and how are decisions made?

    A group can only receive one small projects grant in each funding year (1 July – 30 June). Applications are assessed on their merits by Dunedin City Council staff and elected members, who administer and distribute the fund as appropriate.

    What type of applications are likely to be funded?

    You are most likely to receive funding if your application is for a project or initiative that:

    • Clearly and directly benefits the wider community
    • Aligns with the vision and goals in the WMMP
    • Builds local resource recovery capability
    • Minimises or diverts targeted waste streams
    • Promotes zero waste education
    • Research, development and design for future waste minimisation initiatives.

    What types of activities can’t be applied for?

    • Subsidising the cost of waste to landfill
    • Individuals working on private projects
    • Debt servicing
    • Activities which duplicate other demonstration projects or pilot studies.

    Can I get help with my application?

    If you need help completing your application, our Waste Minimisation Officer will be able to give you a hand. Please contact us for further information on 03 477 4000.

    Do we need to know how things went?

    Yes! We look forward to hearing how things went, both good and bad.

    You will need to fill in the accountability form and return it to the Waste and Environmental Solutions (W&ES) team the month after your project or event ends. Please keep your receipts as you go, so these can be included with the form. If you have photos you wish to share, please make sure you have permission from any people in them as the DCC may use the photos on social media

  • Waste Minimisation Community Project/Initiative Grant

    Community groups and organisations like yours play a vital role in helping achieve Dunedin’s vision to be one of the world’s great small cities. Recognising this role, the Dunedin City Council allocates up to $30,000 per year for community projects or Initiatives from the Waste Minimisation contestable fund, for distribution in accordance with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan’s (WMMP) vision and goals

    Guidelines

    Applications are open to any idea, project, initiative or event that encourages, promotes or administers waste minimisation activities in Dunedin.

    Funding is available for activities such as:

    • Waste minimisation projects, like making reusable bags from discarded materials
    • Setting up a recycling system in your school
    • Waste and material diversion for reuse, recycling or recovery for example composting initiatives or repairing for reuse
    • Waste minimisation educational programmes such as workshops on how to make reusable sandwich wraps to avoid cling film use
    • Waste minimisation promotional activities such as reducing the use of single use coffee cups and water bottles in favour of reusable options.

    The Community Project/Initiative Waste Minimisation fund has $30,000 per year ($15,000 per round) for contestable funding applications of up to $5,000 each, a minimum of 30% contribution from the applicants (volunteer hours are applicable). Applications are during the March and September funding rounds.  Deadline for applications is 5pm on the last Friday in March and September.

    The March 2019 grants funding round will have $30,000 available for applications of up to $5,000. This will then be followed by the September 2019 round of $15,000 and March 2020 $15,000 on the same thereafter.

    Grants are made to not-for profit, schools, charitable and voluntary community groups or organisations only, not to individuals. The fund provides grants for projects that take place within the Dunedin region. Grants are not awarded retrospectively so get cracking on your application now!

    What do I need to know before I apply?

    Where does the grant money come from?

    Funding is generated from the waste levy which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

    When does my project need to be finished?

    Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant date. If your project is not completed within the timeframe, you will have to pay back the grant.

    What costs can I get funding for?

    This depends on your project – some examples are:

    • Materials
    • Venue or equipment hire
    • Promotion and publicity of your event

    How much can I apply for?

    The maximum you can apply for is $5,000, please note that a minimum 30% contribution is required from the applicant towards the total cost of the project, initiative, or event (volunteer hours are applicable).

    How often can I apply and how are decisions made?

    A group can only receive one community project/initiative grant in each funding year (1 July – 30 June). Applications are assessed on their merits by Dunedin City Council staff and elected members, who administer and distribute the fund as appropriate.

    What type of applications are likely to be funded?

    You are most likely to receive funding if your application is for a project or initiative that:

    • Clearly and directly benefits the wider community
    • Aligns with the vision and goals in the WMMP
    • Builds local resource recovery capability
    • Minimises or diverts targeted waste streams
    • Promotes zero waste education
    • Research, development and design for future waste minimisation initiatives.

    What types of activities can’t be applied for?

    • Subsidising the cost of waste to landfill
    • Individuals working on private projects
    • Debt servicing
    • Activities which duplicate other demonstration projects or pilot studies.

    What can I do to help my application succeed?

    • Provide at least two quotes to show the estimated costs of the project
    • Rally the troops in your community and get them to write letters of support for the project

    Can I get help with my application?

    If you need help completing your application, our Waste Minimisation Officer will be able to give you a hand. Please contact us for further information on 03 477 4000.

    Do we need to know how things went?

    Yes! We look forward to hearing how things went, both good and bad.

    You will need to fill in the accountability form and return it to the Waste and Environmental Solutions (W&ES) team the month after your project or event ends. Please keep your receipts as you go, so these can be included with the form. If you have photos you wish to share, please make sure you have permission from any people in them as the DCC may use the photos on social media

  • Waste Minimisation Innovation and Development (Commercial) Grant 

    Business organisations like yours play a vital role in helping to achieve Dunedin’s vision to be one of the world’s great small cities. Recognising this role, the Dunedin City Council allocates up to $40,000 per year for innovation and development from the Waste Minimisation contestable fund, for distribution in accordance with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan’s (WMMP) vision and goals

    Guidelines

    Applications are open to any idea, project, initiative, or event that encourages, promotes, or administers waste minimisation activities in Dunedin.

    Funding is available for activities such as:

    • viability studies
    • business case development outlining purpose and scope of the project
    • design and development
    • materials/equipment and plant
    • skills development
    • pilot programmes and trials
    • education programmes
    • research and development that is not aimed at supporting the attainment of a qualification
    • project execution/implementation costs
    • waste and material diversion for reuse, recycling, or recovery (for example composting initiatives or repairing for reuse)

    Purpose of the fund

    The purpose of this fund is to build local capability in the resource recovery sector. It is intended to support local economic benefit and employment opportunities, innovation, and design which retains material and value from diverted material and/or minimises waste. This may take the form of infrastructure, services, new products, research and development, education, and promotional activities. Collaborative projects are encouraged.

    Other considerations

    Additional support is available for successful applicants: i.e. Dunedin City Council staff – Waste and Environmental Solutions, Economic Development, and Enterprise Dunedin.

    The Waste Minimisation Innovation and Development (commercial) fund consists of $40,000 per year for contestable funding applications. They are available annually during the September funding round. Deadline for applications is 5pm on the last Friday of September.

    The March 2019 grants funding round will include a one-off contestable application opportunity for an innovation/development grant. This will then be followed by the usual September 2019 round and every September thereafter.  

    Applications are assessed on their merits by Dunedin City Council staff and elected members, who administer and distribute the fund as appropriate.

    These grants are for business organisations for initiatives that take place within the Dunedin region. Grants cannot be awarded retrospectively (so get cracking on your application now!)

    What do I need to know before I apply?

    Where does the grant money come from?

    Funding is generated from the waste levy which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment (MfE).

    When does the grant need to be used by?

    Funding from the grant must be fully committed within 12 months. Any remaining funding not used after 12 months may need to be refunded to DCC.

    How much can I apply for?

    The maximum you can apply for is $40,000, please note that a minimum 30% contribution is required from the applicant towards the total cost of the project, initiative, or event.

    How often can I apply and how are decisions made?

    A group can only receive one innovation and development grant in each funding year (1 July – 30 June), and only if any previously awarded grant for the same project has been spent in the noted timeframe. Applications are assessed on their merits by Dunedin City Council staff and elected members, who administer and distribute the fund as appropriate.

    What type of applications are likely to be funded?

    You are most likely to receive funding if your application is for a project or initiative that:

    • Clearly and directly benefits the wider community
    • Aligns with the vision and goals in the WMMP
    • Builds local resource recovery capability
    • Minimises or diverts targeted waste streams
    • Promotes zero waste education
    • Research, development, and design for future waste minimisation initiatives

    What types of activities can’t be applied for?

    • Subsidising the cost of waste to landfill
    • Individuals working on private projects
    • Debt servicing
    • Activities which duplicate other demonstration projects or pilot studies
    • Research and development in support of gaining a qualification

    What can I do to help my application succeed?

    • Provide at least two quotes to show the estimated costs of the project

    Can I get help with my application?

    If you need help completing your application, our Waste Minimisation Officer will be able to give you a hand. Please contact us for further information on 03 477 4000.

    Do we need to know how things went?

    Yes! We look forward to hearing how things went, both good and bad.

    You will need to fill in the accountability form and return it to the Waste and Environmental Solutions (W&ES) team the month after your project or event ends. Please keep your receipts as you go, so these can be included with the form. If you have photos you wish to share, please make sure you have permission from any people in them as the DCC may use the photos on social media.

If you have received a Waste Minimisation grant before and have not completed the Report Back Form for it, you will not be able to apply for another grant from us. Please complete the Waste Minimisation Contestable Fund Accountability Form

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