Environmental Leaders Fund

The Environmental Leaders Fund (ELF) aims to support schools and early childhood centres with projects that increase their students' knowledge and passion for the environment. As we respond and adapt to a changing climate, these projects will help to build climate resilience in our schools and surrounding communities.

Applications can be made online from Monday 22 July - Sunday 6 October 2024.

When completing the application form, you'll need to have:

  • details of your project
  • breakdown of the funding requested
  • answers to the criteria questions.

Please see the ‘entry criteria’ document for more details (PDF 762 KB)

What kind of project is more likely to succeed?

The Environmental Leader's Fund now has an increased focus on climate action. We are looking for applications for projects that fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Exploring alternative energy and sustainable transport
  • Improving biodiversity
  • Supporting a circular economy and reducing waste
  • Protecting and preserving water
  • Growing Kai.

What about funding for traps and pest control?

If you interested in funding and support for traps and pest control in your school or centre, please contact our Education team directly - [email protected] or 0800 002 004 as funding for traps isn’t included in our criteria this year.

Do all applications receive funding?

We only have limited funding available, so we cannot guarantee all applications will be successful.

How much funding is available?

We have a limit of $3000 available per project, as well as a total budget of $35k for the Environmental Leaders Fund.

How will my project be judged?

Please see the ‘entry criteria’ document (PDF 762 KB) with detailed information on the judging criteria.

Do you have examples of previous projects that have been successful?

Yes! Here are a few projects that were granted funding from the Environmental Leaders Fund last year.

Can my school / centre submit more than one application?

No, only one application will be accepted per school / centre.

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

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

What happens after I make an application?

Applicants will be advised of funding decisions in November 2024. Funding will be processed on receipt of an official invoice, which must be from the school / centre awarded the funding.

We require a project completion report from all successful projects by 31 December 2025.

  • 22 July 2024
    Applications open.
  • 6 October 2024
    Applications close.
  • November 2024
    Notify applicants of outcomes. Invoices received from successful school.
  • December 2025
    Project completion.
  • 31 December 2025
    Report received documenting project.

Need help?

The Environmental Leaders Fund Team
E: [email protected] | P: 0800 002 004