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About the Environmental Enhancement Fund

Does the Environmental Enhancement Fund sound like it could help your project?

Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Environmental Enhancement Fund provides seed funding for community-based environmental projects in the Bay of Plenty. 

The fund aims to:

  • improve the environment;
  • raise environmental awareness; and
  • use the enthusiasm and skills of the community.

In partnership with the community it also aims to achieve excellence in environmental outcomes.

Purpose of the Fund

To work with organisations and community groups by providing financial and technical support for projects whose main purpose is to directly promote, enhance or protect one or more of:

  • the natural or historic (including cultural) character;
  • full and free public access;
  • public understanding of

the Bay of Plenty's environment.  This includes the coast, wetlands, lakes, rivers and their margins, historic (and cultural) heritage features, outstanding natural features and landscapes, indigenous plants, animals and their habitats.

Activities and projects that qualify for funding will be consistent with Bay of Plenty Regional Council's statutory role and the key target areas.

Not sure if your project fits?

Check out some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Who can and cannot apply for funding?

Does your group fit in with the aims of the Environmental Enhancement Fund?

You do not have to be a registered trust or incorporated society to be eligible to apply for funding.

The Environmental Enhancement Fund is open to:

  • community groups
  • iwi/hapu
  • incorporated societies
  • community trusts
  • resident and ratepayer groups
  • landowner groups
  • individuals
  • educational institutes
  • business/industry

We do not fund:

  • Activities outside Bay of Plenty Regional Council's responsibilities and regions
  • Projects receiving funding from other Bay of Plenty Regional Council programmes e.g. care groups
  • Projects more appropriately funded through other Bay of Plenty Regional Council programmes
  • Resource consent applications and mitigation requirements
  • Projects resulting in commercial profit
  • Applications which are incomplete or do not provide enough information
  • Activities conducted prior to Bay of Plenty Regional Council receiving signed contracts

 What we will fund:

  • Applications of up to $25,000
  • Up to 20% of the total approved funding in labour costs
  • Groups that encourage and provide appropriate and free public access to the project site
  • Limited infrastructure e.g. track, board walks, interpretation signs etc
  • Native plants at a cost to be determined annually by Bay of Plenty Regional Council
  • Projects/activities within Bay of Plenty Regional Council's legal boundaries and areas of responsibility