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Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund

The Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund (SSCIF) supports volunteer community groups and individuals undertaking ecological restoration through animal and plant pest control. 

Open/close dates

Applications open: 28 February 2018, 9:00 am
Applications close: 28 March 2018, 5:00 pm

>> CLICK HERE TO APPLY(external link)

How much is available?

$150,000 per year. The SSCIF is funded through the uniform annual general charge rate.

How much can you apply for?

Up to $5,000.

Information for applicants - please read first

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed by a panel skilled in the area of pest control and ecological restoration, according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Environmental enhancement – how the project will directly promote, enhance or protect the Waikato region’s environment, with specific reference to ecological and/or biodiversity outcomes. 
  • A well-developed project plan including measurable outcomes (e.g. a reduction in the rat population measured using tracking cards), a detailed budget and map of the project location/area. 
  • Viability (the likelihood of the project’s success) – are the goals clear and will methods proposed achieve the goals in a cost effective way? 
  • Community participation & awareness – does the project involve neighbouring land owners (scale) and/or the wider community and increase public awareness of biodiversity issues?

Funding priorities

Council will generally give priority to projects which:

  • have clear links to Council’s priority areas and community outcomes as described in the 2015-2025 LTP; 
  • are cost-effective; 
  • focus on environmental deliverables; 
  • have a high degree of community support or involvement and promote community awareness in environmental issues; 
  • are not fully funded by the Council (i.e. have contributions from other sources, including in-kind labour or volunteer assistance); 
  • are a new initiative, new to the particular area or an extension of an existing project; 
  • supports projects that are based on or give regard to maatauranga Maaori environmental work programmes and iwi environmental management plans; 
  • supports mana whenua (iwi Maaori) in their aspirations to the restoration of the environment; and
  • are in an area with some form of legal protection such as a QEII covenant (for those initiatives on private land).

Who can apply?

Volunteer community based groups or individuals.


Any successful applicant can only receive funding once per financial year (1 July – 30 June) from any of the Natural Heritage Partnership Programme funds (Natural Heritage Fund, Environmental Initiatives Fund or Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund).

What can be funded?

  • Purchase of materials including traps, bait, bait stations or herbicide used in pest animal or pest plant control.
  • Contracted services up to $1,000 where work cannot be undertaken by volunteers (e.g. the services of a qualified herbicide applicator or someone with a controlled substance licence).

What cannot be funded?

  • Reimbursement of landowner time or voluntary labour
  • Projects located outside the Waikato region
  • Debt repayment
  • Projects receiving funding from other Waikato Regional Council programmes
  • Projects which are core business of other agencies
  • Travel, conference, legal or accounting expenses
  • Plants, planting and landscaping projects
  • Proposals designed to generate personal or commercial profit
  • Purchase of large capital items of equipment or infrastructure
  • Any works/activities that are required as conditions of a resource consent
  • Projects that require but have not been granted resource consent
  • Retrospective costs
  • Digital strike counters

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Further information

Contact Dave Byers on 07 859 0767 or send us a message(external link).

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