Resource Recovery Fund

Community groups and small businesses who want to bring their green idea to life are one step closer thanks to our new contestable fund.

Applications for 2024 have closed. The next round of funding will open in 2025.

The fund is available to projects that promote or contribute to reducing, reusing, and recycling items, with an overall goal of reducing the amount of waste ending up in landfill.

Applications that help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, education programmes, community events, trials and pilot programmes, and research and development projects are all eligible to apply for funding grants of between $2,500 and $15,000.

We’re committed to being an eco-city and our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan has a goal of increasing the proportion of waste diverted from landfill from 38 per cent to 48 per cent by 2025. We can’t do it alone, so helping empower the community in this space is crucial to help achieve our targets.

The grant funds come from funding Council receives from the central government annually for our resource recovery services.

Funding Priorities

The Resource Recovery Fund is specifically for new and existing projects in Palmerston North that:

  • Reduce the amount of waste created
  • Reuse or upcycle end of life material
  • Recycle waste material
  • Align with actions in the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Funding opportunities

Grants are dependent on evidence that the applicant meets the funding criteria.

  • Grants are contestable once per year, and applicants can apply for funding for as many projects as they like
  • $40,000 is available each year to be distributed, for grants between $2,500 and $15,000.