Sponsoring Agency: Christchurch City Council
Type of Fund: Grant
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 04/26/2021
Size of the Fund: USD $50,000 to $500,000
The Christchurch City Council is offering Sustainability Fund to encourage community, school, social enterprise or business projects.
The Sustainability Fund supports projects that address the following climate change objectives and targets.
• They will meet the challenge of climate change through every means available.
• They understand and are prepared for the ongoing impacts of climate change.
• They all benefit from a just transition to an innovative, low emission economy.
• They are guardians of our natural environment and taonga.
The emission reduction targets, from a 2016/17 baseline are:
• Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (excluding methane) for Christchurch by 2045, and a 50% reduction by 2030.
• At least a 50% reduction by 2045 of methane emissions in Christchurch, and a 25% reduction by 2030.
• For Christchurch City Council activities to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The Council welcomes innovative proposals that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Christchurch or proposals that grow resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as projects that:
• Help the community adopt more sustainable behaviours and practices.
• Support the rapid transition to an innovative, low emission economy.
• Increase the uptake of zero-emission mobility such as walking and cycling.
• Reduce consumption, eliminate waste or support a circular economy.
• Encourage the efficient use of resources such as energy, water, waste and materials.
• Increase the uptake of renewable energy.
• Support a regenerative food system and farming practices.
• Enhance ecosystem resilience and nature-based, green infrastructure solutions.
• Remove greenhouse gases directly from our atmospheres, such as forest or wetland restoration and soil carbon improvements.
• Help to better understand, prepare for, or respond to the environmental, social, cultural or economic impacts of climate change.
• The Council has allocated a total of $400,000 for this Fund in 2020/21 financial year.
• Generally, the fund will provide no more than 60% of the project costs with the remainder to come from other sources. These can include in-kind contributions, such as time or resources supplied to the project by others.
• Funded projects should be ready to start within four months and be completed within twelve months.
• Community organisations, schools, social enterprises and businesses can apply to this fund.
• Applicants must be a legal entity registered in New Zealand, such as an incorporated society, charitable trust or limited liability company.
• Preference will be given to Christchurch-based organisations or partnerships involving Christchurch organisations.
• Individuals seeking funds will need to partner with a legal entity and include in the application a letter from the host entity endorsing the proposed project and partnership arrangement.
• Generally, applications led by government organisations will not be considered. However, partnerships involving government organisations are acceptable.
• Only one application per project will be accepted in each Council financial year (July to June). Organisations may put forward more than one project in a year.
• Applicants should have made reasonable efforts to secure funding from other sources before applying to this fund.
More information at: https://ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-community/community-funding/sustainability-fund