Auckland Council allocates $225,000 to support community-based climate action

Publish Date : 06 Dec 2023
Auckland Council allocates $225,000 to support community-based climate action
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Auckland Council’s Planning, Environment and Parks Committee has approved $225,000 in funding to community groups to support climate action as part of the Auckland Climate Grant.

Councillor Richard Hills, Chair of the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee says that this grant is just one of the ways the council is demonstrating a continued commitment to climate action.

“These grants aim to empower communities and organisations that demonstrate innovative and impactful solutions to address the pressing challenges posed by climate change. It’s about supporting community-led initiatives that make a positive difference for the environment,” says Cr Hills.

Councillor Angela Dalton, Deputy Chair of the Planning, Environment and Parks Committee acknowledges the importance of supporting community-based projects through these grants particularly those that have a foundation in Te Ao Māori philosophy.

“Amongst other priority areas, the Auckland Climate Grant aims to support Māori responses to climate change and improve Māori wellbeing, as part of Auckland Council’s commitments through Kia ora Tāmaki Makaurau. This is achieved by supporting Māori-led projects as well as ones delivering positive outcomes for Māori,” says Cr Dalton.

About the Auckland Climate Grant

The Auckland Climate Grant is a targeted grant programme to support community-based climate action. The grant provides funding support for projects that:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through community-based action
  • Build community resilience to climate impacts 
  • Support Māori-led responses to climate change.

The grant was established in 2021 with budget allocated to a climate grant programme through the 10-year Recovery Budget 2021-2031. The grant is designed to support delivery of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan.

“Projects supported through the Auckland Climate Grant may address a wide range if the priorities included in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri. For the 2023/2024 allocation, the priority focus areas were transport, food, energy and Māori-led projects,” says Rachel Kelleher, Auckland Council General Manager, Environmental Services.

“It was great to see such a high calibre of applicants and based on the information provided, these projects will collectively reach 18,650 Aucklanders and support carbon emissions saved of 288.1 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent.”

Auckland Climate Grant 2023/2024 recipients


Project title

Funding recommendation

Augustine Kopa – under the umbrella of Community Waitakere

Mātauranga Māra


Te Waipuna Puawai

Te Whenua Mauri Ora Maara


Bike Auckland

Community Activation Boost


For The Love of Bees

Year one Auckland Communities of Regenerative Learning CoRL network


Environment Hubs Aotearoa

EcoFest 2024


Youth Climate Collective Limited

The Climate Action Conference 2024


Climate Club

An introduction to high-impact collective action during a climate crisis


Workride Limited

Workride Auckland Launch: Ride-to-Work tax benefit






How can I apply for the Auckland Climate Grant?

The next funding round for response grants opens on 1 March 2024. More information, including key dates, applications support, such as workshops and drop-in sessions can be found on the Live Lightly website:

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