The Christchurch City Council is seeking applications for Sustainability Fund to encourage community, school, social enterprise, or business projects that help meet climate change objectives and targets.
The Sustainability Fund supports projects that address the following climate change objectives:
- 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 Council has allocated a total of $400,000 for this Fund in the 2020/21 financial year.
What you can apply for?
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 our community adopt more sustainable behaviors and practices.
- Support our 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 us to better understand, prepare for, or respond to the environmental, social, cultural or economic impacts of climate change.
Who can apply?
- Community organizations, 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 organizations or partnerships involving Christchurch organizations.
- 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 organizations will not be considered. However, partnerships involving government organizations are acceptable.
- Only one application per project will be accepted in each Council financial year (July to June). Organizations 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.
Proposals will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria:
Relevance: Alignment with the Council’s climate change objectives
- How will the project advance on the Council’s climate change objectives and targets?
- How will the project reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Christchurch or strengthen resilience to climate change?
- What is the issue or opportunity being addressed?
Benefit: The nature and scale of public good being delivered
- What is the nature and scale of the benefits to be delivered by the project?
- Who will benefit from this project, in what ways, and by how much?
- Is the project supporting public good (not private gain)?
- What will be the estimated reduction in energy, water, waste, or greenhouse gas emissions?
- What level of community engagement is anticipated?
- How will things improve for Christchurch?
Legacy: Ability to deliver ongoing benefit
- How will the project continue to deliver its benefits beyond the funding period?
- Does the project have enduring benefits or how can the project be self-sustaining?
- What will be the lasting legacy of the project?
Deliverable: The project is ready and able to be delivered
- Do you have the skills, experience, resources, or support needed to successfully deliver the project and achieve its benefits?
- Is the project ready and able to proceed within four months of receiving funds?
- Can the project be completed within twelve months or by clearly defined and achievable milestones?
Measurable: Has clear measures of success
- How will you measure and report project success and share learning?
- What are the key metrics or indicators that will measure your impact (quantity or quality)?
- For example, the amount of energy, water, waste, greenhouse gas emissions reduced; the number of perspectives of people benefiting; media exposure; photographs of improvements made; stories or information captured, and shared with others.
- What will be the measurable, tangible outcomes achieved by the project?
For more information, visit https://ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-community/community-funding/sustainability-fund