New Plymouth District Council’s Zero Waste Fund is available to support local organisations, individuals, schools or businesses carry out new waste minimisation activities. This can happen through projects that help people rethink, redesign, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle or compost valuable resources.
All funds are sourced from the national levy on every tonne of waste disposed to landfill, which is overseen by the Ministry for the Environment and administered by local councils.
Applications for NPDC’s Zero Waste Fund open twice per year. Please refer to the table below to complete your application at the appropriate time:
|Round One||Round Two|
|Applications open:||1 March||27 August|
|Applications close:||31 March||30 September|
|Approval process by evaluation panel:||April||October|
|Notification of successful applicants:||May||November|
Please reach out to the NPDC Resource Recovery Team with any questions you may have about the Zero Waste Fund. We are available to support you year-round before or during the application process to suggest project ideas, make sure your idea matches our criteria, or help with your application. All questions and queries are welcome.
The purpose of the Zero Waste Fund is to boost the district’s performance in waste minimisation – stopping or reducing the amount of valuable material that ends up in landfills.
Anyone can apply. Applicants can be individuals, businesses, schools or community groups but they must be based in the New Plymouth District.
Projects must promote or achieve new waste minimisation activities within New Plymouth District:
Waste Hierarchy. Source: Ministry for the Environment
*Funding will not be awarded for existing activities or the running costs of existing activities of organisations, individuals or groups but will be considered for the costs associated with the significant expansion or scaling-up of an existing project.
The level of reporting required will depend on the amount of funding NPDC approves. For project proposals greater than $3,000, reporting will be required at key milestones, as well as a final outcomes report. For projects seeking less than $3,000, a final one-off report will be required
When you apply through Smarty Grants (the link will be available only during the application period), you will be required to provide the following:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the NPDC Resource Recovery Team at any time before or during your application if you have any questions about how to complete your proposal.
All applications for funding will be assessed by a panel to ensure they align with the purpose of the NPDC Zero Waste Fund and meet the funding requirements as outlined above. Your project proposal should also demonstrate how the project meets the following criteria:
*NB: funding will not be awarded for existing activities or the running costs of existing activities of organisations, individuals or groups.
*NB: In some cases multi-year funding may be awarded, with milestones and reporting requirements throughout the funded period.
*NB: An in-kind contribution is a contribution of goods or a service other than money. Some examples include: voluntary labour (e.g. painting work or installation), donated goods (e.g. wood or printing) or donated services (e.g. professional advice, graphic design).
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