Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund
The Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (SSCIF) supports volunteer community groups undertaking ecological restoration via animal and plant pest control.
Applications open: 1 March 2017
Applications close: 29 March 2017
Note: this is the second round of funding applications this financial year with $70,000 left to award.
How much can you apply for?
Up to $5,000.
How much is available?
$150,000 per year. The SSCIF is funded through the uniform annual general charge rate.
Information for applicants - please read first
Applications are assessed by a panel skilled in the area of pest control and ecological restoration, according to how well they meet the following criteria:
- Environmental enhancement – how the project will directly promote, enhance or protect the Waikato region’s environment, with specific reference to ecological and/or biodiversity outcomes.
- A well-developed project plan including measurable outcomes (e.g. a reduction in the rat population measured using tracking cards), a detailed budget and map of the project location/area.
- Viability (the likelihood of the project’s success) – are the goals clear and will methods proposed achieve the goals in a cost effective way?
- Community participation & awareness – does the project involve neighbouring land owners (scale) and/or the wider community and increase public awareness of biodiversity issues?
Council will generally give priority to projects which:
- have clear links to Council’s priority areas and community outcomes as described in the 2015-2025 LTP;
- are cost-effective;
- focus on environmental deliverables;
- have a high degree of community support or involvement and promote community awareness in environmental issues;
- are not fully funded by the Council (i.e. have contributions from other sources, including in-kind labour or volunteer assistance);
- are a new initiative, new to the particular area or an extension of an existing project;
- supports projects that are based on or give regard to maatauranga Maaori environmental work programmes and iwi environmental management plans;
- supports mana whenua (iwi Maaori) in their aspirations to the restoration of the environment; and
- projects in areas with some form of legal protection such as a QEII covenant (for those initiatives on private land).
Who can apply?
Volunteer community based groups or individuals
Any successful applicant can only receive funding once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).
What can be funded?
- Purchase of materials including traps, bait, bait stations or herbicide used in pest animal or pest plant control.
- Native plants for use in ecological restoration projects.
- Contracted services up to $1,000 where it is essential to achieve the outcomes of the project (e.g. the services of a qualified herbicide applicator or someone with a controlled substances licence).
What cannot be funded?
- Reimbursement of landowner time or voluntary labour.
- Projects located outside the Waikato Regional Council administrative boundaries.
- Debt repayment, refinancing of existing loans, deposits, or underwriting projects.
- Projects receiving funding from other Waikato Regional Council programmes
- Projects more appropriately funded through other WRC programmes.
- Projects which the Council considers are core business of other agencies.
- Overseas travel or conference expenses, legal expenses, expenses incurred through participation in statutory processes.
- Landscaping, beautification, food gardening and wildlife pond projects that do not have appropriate environmental outcomes.
- Proposals designed to generate personal or commercial benefit, political or religious objectives, or for private pecuniary profit or gain.
- Projects which seek to redistribute, at their own discretion, funds to recipients.
- Consultants’ fees or salaries that are not directly linked to an activity or programme with proven benefit to the community and/or environment.
- Purchase of large capital items of equipment or infrastructure (e.g. vehicles, solar panels, buildings, building renovations, roads and bridges etc.).
- Any works/activities that are required as conditions of a resource consent or as mitigation as part of a resource consent.
- Projects that require resource consent, but have not received one at the date of the close of the funding round.
- Retrospective funding for projects or items completed or acquired before the application closing date.
- Any project that would have significant adverse impacts on the environment, regardless of the positive impacts.
Contact Dave Byers on 07 859 0767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org