Waste Minimisation Education Fund

The purpose of the Waste Minimisation Education Fund is to encourage schools and certified ECE’s to carry out projects in the area of waste minimisation and diversion that benefit their schools and if possible, the wider community.

The Small Projects fund has $6,000 per year for contestable funding applications up to $200 each.

Schools and certified ECE’s must apply for the Waste Minimisation Education fund by 30 September 2024 and have the funds spent by 30 May 2025, with accountability forms due by 30 June 2025.

The Waitaki Waste Minimisation Fund is also available for schools to apply to for bigger projects of up to $5,000 and schools are welcome to apply for both.

The council will consider applications for the following activities:

  • Waste minimisation projects, like making reusable bags from discarded materials,
  • Setting up a recycling system in your school
  • Waste and material diversion for reuse, recycling or recovery for example composting initiatives or repairing for reuse
  • Waste minimisation educational programmes such as workshops on how to make reusable sandwich wraps/beeswax wraps to avoid cling film use

Eligibility criteria

  • Projects must have obvious benefits for your school and if possible, the wider community
  • Only one application permitted per financial year
  • You must be a School/Centre based in the Waitaki area 

All recipients of funds from Council in the 2023-24 round must complete the Accountability form by 30 June 2024. If you do not complete the accountability form then you may not be eligible for future funding through Council. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Waste Minimisation Officer:

Lucianne White:  lwhite@waitaki.govt.nz