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.


Find everything important about the EEF, if your group is eligible for funding, what EEF will and won't fund and what your project will be assessed on in the EEF Operational Manual.

Complete the Application Form and send to

Environmental Enhancement Fund projects


Te Whanau a Nuku $2,086.00 Pest plant removal between the beach and road on Ōmaio Marae
Preston Park (Christian Education Trust) $22,300.00 Continued enhancement of Preston Park conservation area, including the planting of native trees and wetland planting
Tarawera Care Group $3,241.79 Planting wetland plants and clearing of aquatic pest weeds to improve the numbers of native fish within the lower reaches of the Tarawera River
Ngā Maunga Kaitiaki Trust Board $24,928.00 To assist the restoration of the maunga through development of an effective and efficient predator control program
Te Huauri o Te Kawa $15,935.00 Infrastructure upgrade at the Kaituna stop bank to enhance the functionality, safety and longevity of Te Huauri o Te Kawa
Edgecumbe Lions Club $4,217.69 To ensure ongoing and improved public access to Onepū Wetlands for the ongoing benefit of the wider community
PiPS Regenerate Mauao $16,000.00 To regenerate Mauao/Mount Maunganui by creating a ‘Whanau Ngāhere – Family Forest’ where members of our community plant their ‘family tree’
Waikuta Marae $10,130.72 Restoring the riparian margin of the Waikuta Stream
Hekerangi Urupa TeTeko $1,581.50 Clearing and controlling pest weeds allowing for good grass growth in Te Teko
Manawahe  Eco Trust $25,000.00 Developing a predator free ecological corridor linking the Rotorua lakes to the sea, expanding existing pest control and replanting with native plants
Allandale School $9,998.43 To further increase biodiversity in Allandale school grounds, to improve the children’s and community’s connection with te taiao
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