Franklin farmers, lifestyle block owners, and community and environmental groups are being urged to apply for Waterways Protection Fund grants.
Open between 10 January and 18 February, Senior Healthy Waters Specialist Wendy D’Arcy says the grant round is an opportunity to secure funding and advice on improving the area’s waterways, and people should prepare now to ensure they can get applications submitted early in the new year.
“Things can slip by over summer, so we have advisors ready to visit sites now and help people apply,” she says.
Funded by Franklin Local Board to help community-led initiatives in the Whangapouri, Whangamarie, Mauku and Wairoa catchments, the fund supports the board’s long-term vision of improved water quality in those areas.
Board chair Andy Baker says it’s a chance for more people to join those already engaged in protecting and restoring the area’s streams, rivers and harbours.
“We hear a lot about damage to our waterways but much less about the fine work many farmers and volunteer groups are already doing.”
Projects must protect and enhance riparian land around streams, wetlands and waterways, and reduce the potential for soil erosion and water contamination.
The fund aims to support fencing and planting that protects streams, wetlands, seeps and drains through stock exclusion. Funding is also available for alternative water supplies for stock.
The round has $60,000 to distribute and applicants can apply for up to half a project’s costs, with the applicant supplying the other half, including in-kind contributions such as labour.
Funding is given on a reimbursement basis after site visits ensuring work has taken place.
There must also be an ongoing commitment to maintenance and management of the waterway protection and restoration by the property owner.
Online application questions can be sent to the Grants team - 09 301 0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.