Funding has been established through the recent Long Term Plan process to enable grass/flax roots climate change adaptation planning directly by communities, at their scale.

The funding is in recognition that communities are deeply connected to place and changes to that place. While councils in the region will be facilitating adaptation planning at a regional/district scale, the objective of the funding is to complement this with a bottom-up community approach. It is expected that these processes complement each other.

Up to $15,000 is available for individual projects which enable groups to start planning for a changing climate at a community scale. If you have an idea in mind, or are already in the process of investigating such a project, please reach out to Regional Council on 0800 884 880 or via email to discuss your proposal. Applications close 31 October 2022.   For more information, read the Community led Climate Change Adaptation Funding Guidelines.