The Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports local projects that aim to enhance, preserve or protect the region's natural or historic character.

He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe - Hawea Vercoe Memorial Fund grants are also funded through the EEF to help Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kohanga Reo and bi-lingual schools in the region with environmental projects.

We set up the Environmental Enhancement Fund to provide seed funding for community-based projects that:

  • Improve the environment.
  • Raise environmental awareness.
  • Use the enthusiasm and skills of the community.

The EEF opens on July 1st and runs on a first-in first-served basis until the fund is fully allocated. The EEF budget for 2020-2021 financial year is $300,000. $25,000 per financial year (July 1st to June 30th) is the maximum amount you can apply for. Projects must be on public land or land with public access to be eligible for funding, please check the operational manual below for further detail.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Enhancement Fund Coordinator on or phone 0800 884 880

Environmental Enhancement Fund projects


Important Links

Application Form (Please complete and send to

EEF Operational Manual (Everything important about the EEF - Find out if your group is eligible for funding, what EEF will and won't fund and what your project will be assessed on)

Ngāti Hangarau $18,254.18 Removal of pest weeds/animals at foreshore between Hangarau Marae and Tauranga Harbour
Whakamarama Community Inc $19,021 Community pest trapping project
Ōmokoroa Community Garden $8,050 Community Garden project

Otamakaukau Kaitiaki Trust

$23,900 Awatapu Lagoon wetland planting
Tauranga Bridge Marina $10,167.15 Clean up of Tauranga Seabin through use of Seabin
Tahuwhakatiki Marae $22,334.15  Removal of pest weeds, native planting
Lake Rotomā Lake Rotoehu Community Association $5,750 Pest control trapping
Te Puke High School $14,549.47 Energy based project including solar
Preston Park – Christian Education Trust $21,298 Removal of pest weeds, native planting
Ngā Maunga Kaitiaki Trust Board $28733.90 Pest control project on Putauaki
Tauranga Girls College Kaitiakitanga Committee  $2,4476.60 Energy based project including solar
Waihī Beach Environmental Society  $2,287.35 Pest control project at Orokawa Scenic Reserve
Bay Conservation Alliance Oteora $7,366.90 Pest control project