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Apply for funding

You've got a wonderful idea and want to apply for funding? Great!

But where to from here? This page will provide you with funding time frames and an application pack.

We need applications that are clear, concise and contain all the information we have asked for.

If your application is missing pieces of information, you could find yourself disappointed when the names of groups receiving funding are announced.

The Environmental Enhancement Fund opens for applications on 1 July each year

The Application Pack

To apply for funding check out the application information below. The information pack has helpful tips on filling out your application. The example application shows the type of information we need and a blank application is available for you to print out and submit. You can also use our electronic application form. See below for details on how to use this form.

We recommend downloading and reading all documents.

The Application Form can also be completed electronically - see below for more information.

Description Size Type
Application Form 530KB doc
Example Application Form 1.78MB doc
Information Folder 130KB pdf
Assessment Sheet 706KB pdf
Helpsheet 1 - Setting up a group? 549KB pdf
Helpsheet 2 - Ready to plan the project? 34KB pdf
Helpsheet 3 - Demonstrating the value of your project? 34KB pdf

Send your application form:

By email:
By post: P O Box 364, Whakatane, New Zealand

Using the electronic application form:

  1. Open the Electronic Application Form
  2. Save the form to your computer - to help us, save the document with your project's name
  3. You can now begin filling the form out. You can use your mouse to move between fields, or use the 'tab' button on your keyboard. Click on a 'check box' to mark it.
  4. Save the changes.
  5. Email the form back to us as an attachment, or print it out and send it in to us. Contact details are above.
  6. If you have any problems contact Bay of Plenty Regional Council (details below) and ask for the Environmental Enhancement Fund officer. 

Project Planning

The project plan is one of the most important parts of the application. To assess your project Bay of Plenty Regional Council needs to get an accurate picture of how and when you are going to carry out your project and what results you expect to achieve from it.

It should include any activities that are going to increase community participation or any environmental education activities. You will also need to show us how and when you are going to monitor your project's outcomes.

Read our Project Planning helpsheets for some practical project plannning ideas:


Another important section of your application will be your budget outline. This will show what your project is going to cost and what you intend to spend the funding on. You should also show a detailed breakdown of your costs and any in-kind contribution. All items listed in your budget should relate to an activity listed in your project plan.

List your costs exclusive of GST.  If your group is not GST registered Bay of Plenty Regional Council will make the necessary adjustments to your funding allocation.