On this page: Environmental Initiatives Fund, Waikato River Clean-up Trust, Dr Stella Frances scholarship, Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund
Environmental Initiatives Fund
Waikato Regional Council's Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) provides one-off grants to projects that:
- enhance the environment
- promote and/or contribute to sustainable management of the environment
- raise community awareness of environmental issues
- provide environmental education.
EIF applications are reviewed by the Waikato Regional Council's Finance and Audit Committee, which meets quarterly.
Applications for more than $5000 will be processed twice a year and must be received by 1 October or 1 April.
Applications for $5000 or less will be considered as soon as practical after they are received. Exceptions to these deadlines will be allowed in cases of special need.
Find out more about the Environmental Initiatives Fund, including information on making an application and application forms.
Enviroschools Grant Fund
The Waikato Regional Council's Enviroschools Grant Fund assists Enviroschools with environmental projects. The fund provides one-off grants to projects that directly enhance and/or benefit the environment or provide environmental education.
Find out more about the Enviroschools Grant Fund, including information on making an application and application forms.
Waikato River Clean-up Trust
The Waikato River Authority is a statutory body formed under the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Act 2010 and the Ngati Tuwharetoa, Raukawa, and Te Arawa River Iwi Waikato River Act 2010. The authority has 10 members who are appointed by the river iwi and ministers of the Crown.
The authority is the sole trustee of the Waikato River Clean-up Trust whose role is to fund projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River.
Read the funding strategy for more information.
To find out more abouut making a funding application, including the application form, visit the Waikato River Authority website at www.waikatoriver.org.nz. The 2011-12 closing date for funding applications is Friday, 2 November 2012.
Dr Stella Frances Scholarship
The Department of Conservation and the Waikato Regional Council jointly sponsor this scholarship for students in the final year of a masters degree at the University of Waikato. The Dr Stella Frances Scholarship, to the value of $5,000 per year, is available to students studying environmental issues in the Waikato region. The scholarship is intended to defray research expenses.
About Dr Stella Frances
Dr Stella Frances (1948-2003) served just a few months of her third term as a Waikato Regional Councillor in 1993 when she was offered the position of Waikato Conservator for the Department of Conservation.
Typical of her humanity, Stella was at first concerned for the people who had worked so hard to get her elected to the council and for the expensive by-election her acceptance would cause. Reassured by her supporters, Stella joined the Department on International Women’s Day – March 8, 1993.
After noting through previous experience “the ability of government departments to insulate themselves from the community”, Stella made the appreciation of community perspectives a hallmark of her own work, both in the Waikato and in Auckland, where she moved to in 1997. Stella was widely appreciated for her ability to relate with tangata whenua, departmental associates and local communities.
Having earlier trained as a freshwater scientist with a PhD in freshwater ecology, Stella likened her later career to that of an ‘environmental GP’, playing a role for ecology similar to that of a general practitioner in health. Her greatest passion over the last four years of her life was the Firth of Thames marine and estuarine ecosystem.
Stella Frances died in August 2003. She was a constant source of inspiration to staff and people in the community who worked with her, in both her personal and professional life. Her commitment to our environment is perpetuated in this scholarship.
Information for applicants
Find out more about the scholarship, including eligibility and how to make an application, in the PDF below. The application closing date was 5pm, Friday 23 November 2011.
Dr Stella Frances Scholarship - information for applicants (3mb)
You can also watch this video clip to find out a bit more about the scholarship.
Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (plant and animal pest control)
The principle purpose of this fund is to support volunteer community based groups. Preference is given to those seeking funding for materials such as traps, bait and herbicides over contracted labour needs.
The application closing date was Monday, 25 June 2012.