Funding available for environment and waste minimisation projects

Published on 06 May 2022

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Are you looking to get a new sustainability initiative off the ground, but need more money to do it? Why not apply for our Environment and Waste Minimisation Fund. 

We have a pool of $30,000 available for Upper Hutt schools, early childhood education facilities, community garden providers, charitable community organisations, social enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations to apply for. 

If your initiative relates to environmental protection, waste minimisation, or community resilience, then you’re good to go. 

Some of the projects we’ve distributed funding to include: 

  • Smiley Faces Educare: A cloth nappy program to replace disposable nappies and divert 21,000 nappies from landfill. 

  • Cottle Street Kindergarten: Create a wilderness path in the native Te Ao Māori garden for tamariki to explore and build a living landscape. 

  • Upper Hutt Community Children’s Centre Trust: greenhouse, gutter water connector, compost tumbler to complete sustainability garden that includes a water collection tank, herb and vegetable garden and worm farm. 

  • Totara Park School: Compost bins and gloves to create a composting area for food waste from lunch boxes and the staff room. 

  • Pinehaven Playcentre: Introduction of a voucher-based reusable sanitary product program for the Playcentre community.  Project developed in conjunction with Enviroschools and Pinehaven Playcentre cultural advisor. 

Sustainability is a key priority for our council, and we love supporting initiatives like these. 

If you think you have a cool idea and you meet the eligibility criteria, apply now! Applications are open until 31 May. 

To find out more, go to  our  Environment and Waste Minimisation Fund page.