Types of support

Understand the different types of support for environmental projects, and how to apply for them.  

Waitaha Action to Impact Fund

The Waitaha Action to Impact Fund is a contestable fund for community organisations in Canterbury. The fund aims to build community engagement and action for a better environment in the region. 

Community Event Assistance

If you would like support for an event/hui, conference, workshop, field day or volunteer event please complete the online Community Event Assistance form.

Type of assistance 

You can use the form to request financial support or non-financial support such as technical advice/services, use of resources or equipment.  

We may be able to help you with:  

  • project planning 
  • technical advice 
  • staff assistance with project activities 
  • equipment, transport, use of our facilities 
  • assistance with the promotion of your project/event.  

The way we can provide support varies from project to project so we don’t have a standard application process. 

Water Zone Committee Support

If you have a project that will help improve water management, enhance biodiversity, engage the community, or help a water zone committee to implement its Action Plan in some way, please contact the zone committee Facilitator to find out more about how they can provide support.

Your local zone committee may be able to provide some funding or another means of support for your project or group, such as connecting you with like-minded groups or advising other potential funding avenues.

Water Zone Committee Facilitators

Jodie Hoggard

  027 551 5902


Christchurch West Melton, Waimakariri and Upper Waitaki
Murray Griffin

 027 705 4798


Banks Peninsula, Selwyn Waihora and Ashburton

Jaimee Grant

 027 220 2694


Ōrāri Temuka Ōpihi Pareora (OTOP) and Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury
Dave Moore

 027 604 3908


Other funding

If your project or event doesn’t meet the criteria for funding from the Waitaha Action to Impact Fund or Community Event Assistance, there are some other options.

We may still be able to provide support for projects that make a contribution to one of our work programmes, such as:

  • Accelerating regeneration of the natural environment
  • Community engagement and action, building capacity
  • Restoration and rejuvenation of mahinga kai sites
  • Protecting habitats of endangered or threatened species
  • Protecting priority biodiversity sites
  • Riparian planting and improved water quality
  • Strengthening our relationship with Ngāi Tahu.

You may also seek funding through the Annual Plan or Long-Term Plan by asking the Council to allocate funding to your project. Any revenue needed would likely be raised through rates in consultation with the public, with the final decision made by the Council.

Contact our Community Partnerships Coordinator to find out more, details below.

Contact us

If you are already working with a staff member on an existing project, get in touch with that staff member. 

If you are considering asking for funding for the first time or for a new project then please contact Alison Bower, Community Partnerships Coordinator     027 242 9341     alison.bower@ecan.govt.nz