Council funding on offer for ideas that reduce waste

Applications open April 1 for Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF), which funds great ideas for reducing waste to landfill.

Businesses, iwi/Māori and education/community groups can apply for up to $5000 towards their project. 

What projects can get funding?

Councillor Alf Filipaina, Deputy Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund is open to Aucklanders who have innovative, impactful and sustainable projects.

“We’re committed to supporting projects that help achieve Auckland’s ambition to become zero waste by 2040,” says Cr Filipaina.

“Partnering with people and groups that have a fantastic waste minimisation initiative that is really going to resonate with their community or a particular audience just makes good sense.

“We’re proud to support these innovative and community-minded Aucklanders who have a great deal to offer when it comes to supporting that zero waste goal.”

How to apply

Applicants can simply go to and search “Waste Fund” for more information on the fund and eligibility, and to apply online. A link to the application form will be available during April. Applications close 30 April.

Lists of previous recipients are also available to help give insight into the sorts of projects that may get funding.

About Auckland Council’s Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF):

  • Funding for the Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund comes from the national waste levy (currently set at $10 per tonne) which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
  • The fund has $500,000 to distribute annually, with one funding round per year for grants of over $5000 and up to $50,000 (September) and two funding rounds for grants of $5000 and under (April and September).
  • The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund was adopted in 2013, and was designed to support projects and innovative solutions which promote or achieve waste management and minimisation, reduce waste to landfill in accordance with the objectives of the Auckland Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and foster new ideas and encourage community participation in reducing waste to landfill.
  • The fund is open to community groups, businesses, iwi, Māori organisations, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations and other community-based organisations operating in the Auckland region.


This media update has also been published on OurAuckland.