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.

The Resource Recovery Fund will be an annual initiative, with $40,000 available in total each year. Applications are now closed.

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.

Allocation Process

Funding round will open on the 1st of Mach and close on the 31st of March. Applications will be assessed, and the outcome will be determined within 15 working days.

Applications will be assessed by two Council staff members. Council retains the discretion to approve grants over the stated maximums for complex projects or where the fund is not fully allocated.

Funds will be released to successful applicants into a nominated bank account and must be spent within 12 months. All successful applicants will be expected to provide an acquittal report on the project, either 2 months after project completion, or 12 months from receiving funding, whichever is first. Additionally, an audit by Council may be required to ensure compliance with the Resource Recovery Fund.

Delayed/cancelled project/event due to COVID-19 restrictions

If your funded event/project is delayed or cancelled, you have two choices:

  • Retain the funding and reschedule the event/project to be completed within the next year.
  • Alternatively, return the funding and reapply when you have the new plan. This may be a good option if you expect your costs to increase beyond the funding you have now.

Assessment Criteria

Projects will be assessed based on:

  • The ability to show how much material can be diverted from landfill
  • The project produces outcomes that are measurable
  • The impact or benefit the project has on the wider community
  • The viability of the proposal, including whether the applicant has, or can build the capacity and experience to deliver the service, project, or activity to the community
  • Whether the applicant has received, or is receiving, financial assistance from the Council. This includes but isn’t limited to other subsidies or rates remissions.

Support areas

Priority will be given for applicants who are local community or for purpose groups, or locally-owned small businesses. For the purpose of this fund, a small business is defined as having less than 20 employees.

We will consider the following projects that meet the funding priorities:

  • Diversion of new materials from landfill
  • Education programmes
  • Community events
  • Trials and pilot programmes
  • Research and development

What we won’t fund

The following applicants and expenditure will not be eligible for funding:

  • Large corporations
  • Ongoing operational costs beyond the life of the initiative
  • Recipients of central government's Waste Minimisation Fund
  • Projects that do not involve waste generated within Palmerston North
  • The cost of landfilling material
  • Projects inconsistent with our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Please refer to the Support and Funding Policy for more information about the allocation of Council funds.