Climate change  |  5 Sep 2022

Christchurch City Council’s Sustainability Fund is now open and accepting applications for projects that help address the Council’s climate change objectives and targets.

Anyone can apply for funding, including community organisations, schools, social enterprises and  businesses.

The Fund’s key objectives are to meet the challenge of climate change through every means available, to help our community understand and prepare for the ongoing impacts of climate change, benefit from a just transition to an innovative, low-emission economy and be guardians of our natural environment and taonga.

“It’s awesome to see the range of ideas and projects that emerge every time we open the Fund. We are lucky to have so many passionate, innovative, solution-focused groups delivering sustainability projects in Christchurch.,” says Council Climate Resilience Lead Tony Moore.

“Through the Sustainability Fund we can encourage new ideas and support these groups, resulting in even bigger benefits for our community and environment.”

Projects that have been funded previously include a car sharing network for the Little River community, setting up composting facilities in a school, a project that refurbished old laptops giving them to people in need, support for a business to establish a local plastics recycling facility, a climate coach to help reduce emisions in Lyttelton and the creation of a Climate Action Campus. 

“We are keen to support projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or grow community resilience to the local impacts of climate change. This time we would especially like to hear from schools, businesses and community groups who can help us reduce transport emissions, avoid waste and save energy,” says Mr Moore.

Applications to the Sustainability Fund close on 31 October 2022. Decisions on funding will be made in early 2023.

For more information and to apply visit the Sustainability Fund page of the Council’s website.