Types of support

Understand the different types of support and how to apply.

Community event assistance

If you are asking for any support for an event/hui (such as a conference/workshop/field day/volunteer event) please complete the online Community Event Assistance form. This applies to both non-financial support (e.g. staff advice and support, use of resources and equipment) and financial support (i.e. sponsorship). 

Biodiversity funds
If your project is a biodiversity project you may be able to apply for funds through Immediate Steps or the Canterbury Biodiversity Strategy funds. Please visit our biodiversity funding page.

We have over a million dollars available annually for protection and restoration of biodiversity on private and public land.

These funds have their own criteria and processes. If your project does not meet the criteria, or you are unsure, please look at the sections below on funding and non-financial support for projects. 

Funding for projects

We may be able to provide grants for one-off projects or for longer term projects through partnership arrangements.

We will only provide financial assistance to community organisations which are legal entities (e.g. a charity or incorporated society) and for projects which are aligned to one or more of our priorities.  Please note, even if you meet all our requirements, we cannot guarantee support.

The ways in which we can provide support vary from project to project so we don’t have a standard application process.

As a starting point, we will ask you:

  • to describe your project – tell us what you are planning to do and why.
  • to tell us how your project aligns with one or more of our strategic priorities outlined on the Kaupapa page
For more guidance see the What information should I provide? section below.

If you are asking for a mixture of financial and non-financial support, please put it all in one request.

Who do you contact?

If you already have a working relationship with an Environment Canterbury staff member, contact that person in the first instance. If you’re not sure who to ask, please contact Alison Bower, Community Partnerships Coordinator (contact details bottom of page). 

Non-financial support for projects

We may be able to help you with

  • Project planning
  • Technical advice
  • Advice on crowdfunding options through Million Metres Streams Project (crowd funding for riparian planting projects)
  • Staff assistance with project activities
  • Equipment, transport, use of our facilities
  • Assistance with the promotion of your project/event

The way we can provide support varies from project to project so we don’t have a standard application process.

As a starting point, we will ask you:

  • to describe your project – tell us what you are planning to do and why.
  • to tell us how your project aligns with one or more of our strategic priorities outlined on the Kaupapa page

For more guidance see What information should I provide? section below.

If you are asking for a mixture of financial and non-financial support, please put it all in one request.

Who do you contact?

If you already have a working relationship with an Environment Canterbury staff member, contact that person in the first instance. If you’re not sure who to ask, please contact Alison Bower, Community Partnerships Coordinator (contact details bottom of page).

Corporate sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship applies where an event or activity is of regional significance or involves multiple sections of our organisation. You can apply via the online Community Event Assistance form

An example of corporate sponsorship is the Ballance Farm Environment Awards which recognise and celebrate good farm practices that promote sustainable land management.

How to apply for support

What information should I provide?

The amount of information required will be dependent on the level of support you are requesting. We don’t have a standard application form, but we ask that all requests be in writing. As a guide, we will ask you:

  • To describe your project - tell us what you are planning to do and why
  • To tell us how your project aligns with one or more of our strategic priorities outlined on the Kaupapa page
  • What is the problem or opportunity?
  • What impact will your project have?
  • What support would you like from us?

Where relevant, we may ask you for some additional information. Staff can advise what will be relevant for different types of projects.

  • Do you have, or are you seeking, contributions (including non-financial) from elsewhere?
  • Tell us how your organisation will be able to implement your project. Are you confident that you will be able to carry it out successfully?
  • Does the project comply with legislation and regional plans rules? Staff can advise about this.
  • If the project is on public or private land, is there written approval from the landowner?
  • Are you working with other organisations/groups? Have you talked to the local papatipu rūnanga? Staff can advise if this would be helpful for your project.

If you are asking for a mixture of financial and non-financial support, please put it all in one request.

We’re happy to talk through what information we need and then we will ask you to put your request in writing – an email that covers some of the questions above may be enough.

When to apply

In general, please try to give plenty of notice. We'll let you know when to expect a decision.

If your request is declined due to lack of available funding there may be the option of seeking funding through the Annual Plan or Long-Term Plan – talk to a staff member about this option.

This is the process for asking the Council to allocate additional funding in future years and it will mean that money is redirected from another project, or additional revenue has to be raised through rates. That decision is made by the Council.

Think about contacting staff in August/September if you are considering a request through the Annual Plan or Long-Term Plan.

Your Environment Canterbury contact

If you are already working with a staff member on an existing project, get in touch with that staff member. 

If you are considering asking for funding for the first time or for a new project then please contact Alison Bower, Community Partnerships Coordinator     027 742 6509    alison.bower@ecan.govt.nz 

Accountability

If we are providing support, we will expect you to report back to us.

We will try to make sure that the accountability requirements are in proportion to the amount of support involved. Your staff contact can provide you with a template and show you examples of the sort of report we will expect.

For example, for a small one-off grant, a one-page report with some photos may be all we need.

 

Talk to us

If you can't see how your proposal fits with these examples, contact Alison Bower — Community Partnerships Coordinator     027 742 6509    alison.bower@ecan.govt.nz