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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. 

Open/close dates

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.

>> CLICK HERE TO APPLY (external link)


Information for applicants - please read first

Assessment criteria

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?

Funding priorities

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.

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Further information

Contact Dave Byers on 07 859 0767 or email



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