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Funds to Apply For

This page provides a list of funds and grants your School or ECE Centre can apply for.  The top table contains funds accessible across the region. 

See also the sustainability themed fundraiser ideas at the bottom

Please note that the * indicates the approximate date based on previous years but we recommend checking the website link for updated information.

Website link for fund

Due date

Funding available for:


Bayer Primary School Science Fund

April *

Support to Primary schools to enhance an existing, or kick-start a new, environmental science education and ‘Nature of Science’ teaching and learning programme.

Up to a maximum of $2000 (ex GST)

Canon Environmental Grants

August *

Education Award: An environmental project being run by a kindergarten, primary or secondary school or tertiary organisation

$5000 worth of Canon products

 Creative Communities Grants


Most councils have Creative Communities Grants that could support environmentally themed murals, pou whenua or exhibitions.

Contact your local council.


The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

31 March

31 August

For community initiatives falling into one of the following three focus areas: bringing communities together; caring for the environment; making our communities safer.

$500 - $5000

JS Watson Trust

See website

Applications are invited from individuals or conservation groups for financial assistance for conservation or restoration projects

Up to $5000

Keep NZ Beautiful – Wall Worthy Competition

31 March

 Receive everything you need to paint a mural that represents your local community and environment.

$750 worth of Resene vouchers, Paint NZ Beautiful t-shirts, hats and more!  

The Mazda Foundation Grants

31 Mar

30 June

30 Sept

For projects promoting the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment and / or projects that promote the advancement of culture and education to achieve excellence at all levels of the community.

Varies but generally less than $5000

O-I New Zealand Glass Environmental Fund

Expressions of Interest: 31 March.

 Application Due: 31 May

The fund encourages schools to implement sustainability projects that help to develop students’ skills in identifying, investigating and finding solutions to environmental issues.

range from $250 – $10,000

Treemendous School Makeovers – Project Crimson and The Mazda Foundation


-encouraging environmental education in schools and teaching children about the importance of environmental initiatives. The programme is made available for five primary and intermediate schools annually.

-   Use this guide to help with making your application and read this story to find out about Naenae Primary School's Treemendous makeover in 2014.

Not a cash grant, involves the development and installation of a detailed planting plan at the successful schools’ grounds.

WWF and The Tindall Foundation Environmental Education Action Fund

15 March

31 July

For school and community projects where students, as part of their learning, are taking hands-on action to address an environmental issue. 

(Not for awareness, landscaping/ground maintenance, eco/enviro center buildings, overseas travel, research projects or government authorities.)

Up to $8,000

 Waste Minimisation Funds


Many Councils  offer grants for wast minimisation projects.  Check your council’s website


Yates Cool Greenie School

Ongoing to coincide with the seasons

Gardening action

A Yates hamper worth $500.


Website link for fund

Due date

Funding available for:


Hutt Mana Charitable Trust - Charitable Grants

26 Feb*

26 August*

-       must be for the benefit of the communities within the Hutt Mana area, namely Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Porirua,

and Johnsonville-Tawa.

-        enhancing the environment in the area and promoting opportunities for sport, recreation and youth.

Examples typically  range from $1,000 - $5,000 but larger amounts have also been granted

Lower Hutt

Website link for fund

Due date

Funding available for:


Hutt City Council: Community Engagement Fund

Petone, Central, Eastern and Western Wards

Petone, Central, Eastern and Western Wards : 14 April


Petone, Wainuiomata and Eastbourne Wards: 6 October

-       local activities and events that directly benefit the communities concerned.  Talk with HCC to clarify your eligibility.


Varies – totals are under $10,000 per ward

Hutt City Council: Community Engagement Fund

Petone, Wainuiomata and Eastbourne Wards

6 October

-       local activities and events that directly benefit the communities concerned.  Talk with HCC to clarify your eligibility.


Varies – totals are under $10,000 per ward

Wellington City

Website link for fund

Due date

Funding available for:


Wellington City Council: Communities on Bikes Fund

16 September

Funding is available for projects that encourage  riding bikes as a regular transport mode choice, and contribute to developing Wellington as a smart city where riding bikes is part of every day life.

Varies - $50,000 to allocate annually


Sustainability Themed Fundraisers

Honeywraps Fundraiser


Honeywraps are a plastic wrap alternative made from organic fabric with a beeswax blend. This makes the cloth tacky so it can be shaped over food and dishes sealing in the goodness. Honeywraps are hand-made in New Zealand and last up to a year.

Schools can buy a boxes of medium sized Honeywraps (28cmx31cm) at the wholesale price and then sell these to students/families making up to $4 (33%) profit per Honeywrap.

Seedy Schools Fundraiser Programme

Kings Seeds will sell packets of seeds to your school at a discounted price. You sell the seeds to the community at the retail price and keep the difference – it equates to a profit of between $1.60 - $2.45 per packet of seeds sold!

Fundraising Opportunities

As a small fundraising project for your class or school, you could make recycled notepads for the Enviroschools Regional Coordinator.



This page was last updated 21 January 2017