April WMIF grants funding round

April WMIF grants funding round

Small Grants For Your Zero Waste Idea

Published: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Grants of up to $5,000 are available from Auckland Council for innovative ideas on how to reduce waste. The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) brings ideas to life and supports our target of zero waste to landfill by 2040. There is a total of $25,000 to be allocated in this small grants funding round.

WMIF funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill.

If you’ve borrowed an Again Again cup, joined a Para Kore workshop at Ōrākei Marae, or learned about composting from your kid’s school, then you’ve likely experienced the results of the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund.  

Projects from Matakana down to Papatoetoe are setting up community composting hubs to help businesses and households manage their food waste. The Piritahi Marae Trust on Waiheke Island is getting funding to help whānau and nearby businesses compost. Schools are continuing to get on board with food waste minimisation, and small grants are helping them maintain and expand this infrastructure.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for WMIF funding, further information is available online, including lists of previous award recipients.

Applications are open from 1–30 April 2021. Visit the WMIF application page, email Auckland Waste Fund, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more.

Funding projects that make a difference

27 small grant applications (under $5000) from schools and community groups received a total of $73,465 in the last funding round.

Projects grow Auckland’s future climate warriors by supporting waste minimisation initiatives in schools and early childhood education centres. To date, over $130,000 has been awarded for worm bins and zero waste infrastructure in schools.

About Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF):

  • Funding for WMIF comes from the national waste levy, which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
  • The fund has $500,000 to distribute annually, with one funding round per year for grants up to $50,000 and another round for grants up to $5,000.
  • WMIF was adopted in 2013 and was designed to support projects and innovative solutions that promote or achieve waste management and minimisation, reduce waste to landfill in accordance with the objectives of the Auckland Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and foster new ideas and encourage community participation in reducing waste to landfill.
  • The fund is open to community groups, businesses, iwi, Māori organisations, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations, and other community-based organisations operating in the Auckland region.