The purpose of this fund is to encourage community, school, social enterprise or business projects that help meet our climate change objectives and targets.
The Sustainability Fund supports projects that address the following climate change objectives and targets:
Our emission reduction targets, from a 2016/17 baseline are:
Christchurch’s main sources of greenhouse gas emissions are from transport (55%), energy used in buildings and infrastructure (18%), farming (15%), solid waste and sewage treatment (8%) and industrial gases (4%).
The Council welcomes innovative proposals that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Christchurch or proposals that grow our resilience to the impacts of climate change, such as projects that:
Applications can be sent to the Council at any time during the year.
Depending on available funds, the Council will consider applications in two rounds during the 2021/22 financial year.
|Round||Applications close at midnight||Funding decision|
|1||Monday 27 September 2021||8 December 2021|
|2||Monday 28 March 2022||June 2022|
Proposals will be assessed against the following evaluation criteria.
Applications should provide specific and detailed information about how the project will address each criteria and a budget clearly showing how funds will be used.
|Evaluation criteria||Key questions to consider in your application to this fund|
Alignment with the Council’s climate change objectives
|How will the project advance on the Council’s climate change objectives and targets? How will the project reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Christchurch or strengthen resilience to climate change? What is the issue or opportunity being addressed?|
The nature and scale of public good being delivered
|What is the nature and scale of the benefits to be delivered by the project? Who will benefit from this project, in what ways and by how much? Is the project supporting public good (not private gain)? What will be the estimated reduction energy, water, waste or greenhouse gas emissions? What level of community engagement is anticipated? How will things improve for Christchurch?|
Ability to deliver ongoing benefit
|How will the project continue to deliver its benefits beyond the funding period? Does the project have enduring benefits or how can the project be self-sustaining? What will be the lasting legacy of the project?|
The project is ready and able to be delivered
|Do you have the skills, experience, resources or support needed to successfully deliver the project and achieve its benefits? Is the project ready and able to proceed within four months of receiving funds? Can the project be completed within twelve months or by clearly defined and achievable milestones?|
Has clear measures of success
|How will you measure and report project success and share learning? What are the key metrics or indicators that will measure your impact (quantity or quality)? For example, the amount of energy, water, waste, greenhouse gas emissions reduced; the number or perspectives of people benefiting; media exposure; photographs of improvements made; stories or information captured and shared with others. What will be the measurable, tangible outcomes achieved by the project?|
Applications will be considered by the Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee.
The Council has allocated a total of $380,000 for this Fund in 2021/22 financial year.
Generally, the fund will provide no more than 60% of the project costs with the remainder to come from other sources. These can include in-kind contributions, such as time or resources supplied to the project by others.
Funded projects should be ready to start within four months and be completed within twelve months. Multi-year applications can be considered provided the business case is compelling and the project plan has clear milestones and points for progress payments.
Funds can be requested for operational aspects (e.g. staff time) and for materials or equipment needed to successfully deliver the project benefits. Applications seeking to purchase equipment will need to have quotes and proof of purchase.
Organisations that are GST registered should be aware that this grant is an unconditional gift and does not attract GST. All amounts are effectively exclusive of GST, GST will not be paid.
Applicants are encouraged to approach other funds that may be more suited to specific proposals:
The following will not generally be funded:
Before funding is allocated to successful projects, applicants will be required to sign the Council’s Sustainability Fund Grant Funding Agreement [PDF, 927 KB].
Depending on the specific project, changes may be needed to this agreement at the sole discretion of the Council.