The Auckland Council is inviting applications for the Community Coordination and Facilitation Grant.
This grant will provide funding support for:
- community conservation coordinators or facilitator roles that guide and support communities to:
- deliver community-led conservation projects across Tāmaki Makaurau
- reduce the spread of animal and plant pests and restore native biodiversity
- community-powered activities that rehabilitate, protect and restore urban and rural streams across landscapes or catchments.
- the group or organisation’s costs associated with increasing the quality and scale of community conservation work on the ground e.g. strategic and operational planning or administration.
- $0 – $50,000.
- Organisations, mana whenua, schools or groups:
- substantially increase the community-led conservation and pest free activity they are delivering across the region
- have the long-term sustainability, capacity and capability of delivering the increased work where it’s needed on an ongoing basis
- work together on similar activities across a landscape/catchment or at a regional scale where possible.
What the grant will fund
- All activities must support current or future on-the-ground delivery that enhances priority regional biodiversity outcomes or improved ecological health of streams and catchments.
- A contribution towards facilitator or coordinator time and associated expenses.
- Administration: activity relating to the management of the group or organisation.
- Strategic or operational planning e.g., the development of pest-free plans, monitoring plans or similar.
- Developing systems and processes that will help applicants respond more efficiently and effectively to increased on-the-ground delivery.
- Mana whenua, community organisations and schools or groups who are doing community-led biodiversity-focused conservation work that contributes towards:
- the protection, restoration and enhancement of native ecosystems that contribute to priority regional biodiversity outcomes
- improved ecological health of streams and catchments
- programmes and activities that occur at a broad regional, landscape or catchment scale that facilitate increased delivery across private, Māori and public land, or across multiple land tenures.
What the grant will not fund
- The grant will not fund:
- coordination / facilitation or other activity that does not contribute towards priority regional biodiversity outcomes or the ecological health of streams and catchments
- costs associated with practical items to deliver restoration projects, like spades, loppers, weed bags, plants or fencing materials
- commercial contractors to do the ‘on the ground’ work, such as commercial weed control or planting
- coordination and facilitation, planning or any other relevant activity that has already been completed
- coordination and facilitation, or other activity as part of a ‘for-profit’ business activity
- activities that do not align with Auckland Council work and values
- capital assets such as structures like platforms, gazebos or the like.
For more information, visit Community Coordination and Facilitation Grant.