Half a million dollars available for great ideas on cutting waste

Publish Date : 28 Jul 2021
WMIF grants open

Auckland Council is offering grants of up to $50,000 as part of the $500,000 Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund / Te pūtea Whakamōkito Para me te Auahatanga.

The fund brings ideas for reducing waste to life and supports our target of zero waste to landfill by 2040, and the next round is open to applications from 1-31 August 2021.

WMIF projects are open to community groups, businesses, mana whenua, mataawaka, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and other community-based organisations operating in the Auckland region.

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Environment and Climate Change Committee, says last year funding was given to significant projects focusing on reducing construction waste, contributing to the circular economy, rescuing food and diverting food scraps from landfill.

“The zero-waste vision is clear from mana whenua, marae and community organisations to playcentres, youth groups, business associations and construction experts. Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan, sets out a future with a circular economy that stops shovelling waste into our whenua, and this fund encourages us to achieve this goal.” 

Auckland Council’s General Manager Waste solutions Parul Sood says 425 projects have been funded by WMIF since 2013, allocating approximately $4.5 million so far to assist our wonderful zero waste champions.

“We have a strong track record of funding projects which have a real difference. We want to keep encouraging and developing great ideas, and ensure all our diverse communities, including Māori and Pasifika groups, have access to the grants.”

The full list of recipients is available at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/wastefund 

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, attend a free workshop or email Auckland Waste Fund.

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