Make the most of waste by the Auckland Council

Tell us your zero waste idea – funding is available

Published: Thursday 5 April 2018

If you've got a clever idea to help reduce the amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, consider applying for a grant this April. 

Applications open April 1 for Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF). 

What projects can get funding?

Businesses, iwi/Māori and education/community groups can apply for up to $5000 towards their project.

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Deputy Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is open to Aucklanders who have innovative, impactful and sustainable projects.

“We’re committed to supporting projects that help achieve Auckland’s ambition to become zero waste by 2040,” says Cr Filipaina.

“Partnering with people and groups that have a fantastic waste minimisation initiative that is really going to appeal to their community or a particular audience just makes good sense.

“We’re proud to support these innovative and community-minded Aucklanders who have a great deal to offer when it comes to supporting that zero waste goal.”

September saw great ideas roll in 

The previous funding round, in September last year, had 102 applicants, with 52 grants awarded. 

Funded projects included a bike-powered food waste collection, waste-minimisation workshops, a zero waste hub, and even a stage play to encourage kids to be waste-wise – plus much more in between!  

How to apply

Has your group or business got a great idea percolating away? Don't hesitate to apply. 

Head to the Auckland Council website for more information on the fund and eligibility, and to apply online. Please note the link to the application form is only available during the month of April.