Environmental Leaders Fund

The Northland Regional Council has funds available for schools to undertake environmental projects in their local area. Funding will be provided for projects and initiatives that have positive environmental outcomes.

Additional funding may also be available next year as well for Pest Control projects. Projects can be in the school grounds or out in the local community.

What is the Environmental Leaders Fund?

The Environmental Leaders Fund (ELF) aims to support Northland schools and students to increase their environmental knowledge, passion and practice. School projects or initiatives that are practical, hands-on, and have a positive impact on Northland's environment will be considered.

How do I apply for funding?

All Northland schools will be emailed when applications open in 2019.

Do all applications receive funding?

As funding is restricted, we cannot guarantee all applications will be successful.

What kind of project is more likely to succeed?

There are a wide range of projects that have received funding in the past. Applications that relate to the regional council core business of biodiversity, pest control and water quality have a greater chance of success.

The following projects are unlikely to be successful: recycling projects, murals/artwork and edible gardens.

Why is there additional funding for Pest Control projects?

We all have a part to play in reducing the impact of pest animals, weeds and aquatic invaders. This year Northland Regional Council has allocated specific funds for schools to be involved in pest management.

Are the projects limited to 'within the school gates'?

No, we encourage you to work with community groups in your local area.

How do I make an application?

Applications will open again in 2019.

What happens after I make an application?

Applicants will be advised of funding decisions in early June. Funding will be processed on receipt of an official invoice, which must be from the school awarded the funding.

We will contact you to follow up on how your project is progressing, and we do require a brief update from all successful projects by the end of the school year.

Important dates - 2018

  • 21 June Invoices received from successful school

Need help?

The Environmental Leaders Fund Team
Email: elf@nrc.govt.nz
Phone: 0800 002 004