If you have a great idea for a recycling project but just don’t have the money to get it started there is a great opportunity to get up to $50,000 worth of funding from Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund. The fund opens for applications on September 1st 2015. If you live outside Auckland check out your local Council website or the Ministry for the Environment website - there are lots of these funds available - locally, nationally and globally. These are typically funded by the $10 waste levy we impose on every tonne of waste going to landfill in New Zealand under our 2008 Waste Minimisation Act.
The purpose of these funds is supporting new ideas and projects that reduce waste going to landfill. Running since 2013 the Auckland Council's Waste Minimisation fund has already supported a wide variety of great projects, and invites businesses, community groups, iwi/Māori groups and educational organisations to enter applications for this funding round.
To prepare a successful waste minimisation application try to give yourself 1-2 days at least a week ahead of the closing date. This will give you the time you need to:
Don’t be scared to call the Council before you start work to get some feedback and suggestions on your ideas. They are searching for great business and community recycling and composting initiatives and really want to help you succeed. To be sure of this the Council needs to see a really well thought through project in your application with the people power to make it happen.
The Auckland Council Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) will now only accept online applications. You'll be able to access the online application portal SmartyGrants from the Auckland Council website once the WMIF opens for applications on 1 September.
The Council is holding a series of workshops this month to give you tips on how to prepare your application:
To RSVP email the Council at email@example.com.
The funding round opens on Tuesday 1 September and closes 5pm, Wednesday 30 September 2015. For more background information visit: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/wmif
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