Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund
The Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (SSCIF) supports volunteer community groups and individuals undertaking ecological restoration via animal and plant pest control.
Applications open: 28 February 2018, 9:00 am
Applications close: 28 March 2018, 5:00 pm
A link to the online application form will be available here once the fund is open.
How much is available?
$150,000 per year. The SSCIF is funded through the uniform annual general charge rate.
How much can you apply for?
Up to $5,000.
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
- are in an area 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) from any of the Natural Heritage Partnership Programme funds (Natural Heritage Fund, Environmental Initiatives Fund or Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund).
What can be funded?
- Purchase of materials including traps, bait, bait stations or herbicide used in pest animal or pest plant control.
- Contracted services up to $1,000 where work cannot be undertaken by volunteers (e.g. the services of a qualified herbicide applicator or someone with a controlled substance licence).
What cannot be funded?
- Reimbursement of landowner time or voluntary labour.
- Projects located outside the Waikato region
- Debt repayment
- Projects receiving funding from other Waikato Regional Council programmes
- Projects which are core business of other agencies
- Travel, conference, legal or accounting expenses
- Landscaping, food gardening and wildlife pond projects
- Proposals designed to generate personal or commercial profit
- Purchase of large capital items of equipment or infrastructure
- Any works/activities that are required as conditions of a resource consent
- Projects that require but have not been granted resource consent
- Retrospective costs
- Digital strike counters
Contact Dave Byers on 07 859 0767 or send us a message(external link).