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Get funding for your zero waste idea

Applying for the Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund

Published: Tuesday 10 March 2020

Update 31 March 2020 - April 2020 grant round deferred

Auckland Council has deferred the April 2020 round of Waste Minimisation Innovation Fund grants.  The next round of WMIF funding grants later in 2020 will be topped up with an additional $25,000 for small grants, reflecting the total of the deferred April 2020 funding round. 

The decision was reached in order to accommodate businesses, community groups, education providers, such as schools and kindergartens, and other organisations that are unable to make applications before the 30 April 2020 deadline, due to COVID-19 Level 4 Alert restrictions.

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Grants of up to $5000 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.

WMIF funds projects from businesses, local iwi, and education and community groups that will divert waste from landfill. Waste minimisation start-ups and initiatives are encouraged to think about how Auckland Council funding could enhance or expand their work. 

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, says “Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan, sets out a future with a circular economy, and this fund encourages us to achieve this goal. Reducing our carbon footprint means we need to try new things and turn great ideas into everyday solutions for zero waste."

"Whether it’s a little funding to strengthen an already successful project, or a large boost to take a big idea to the next phase, we are excited to partner with you to reduce waste.”

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.  

How to apply

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

Visit the WMIF application page, email Auckland Waste Fund, or call 09 301 0101 to find out more.