Last year's funding round

Find out more about last year's pilot funding round and what the successful applicants did with the funding.

The Waitaha Action to Impact fund was created in 2021 in response to the many requests from community organisations for better access to funding for community-led projects.

The first funding round, which was a pilot, was open for applications from 30 August until 11 October 2021. We received 46 applications, totaling over $810,000, far exceeding the funding available.

All applications were assessed against the criteria and twenty applicants were selected to receive funding for 2021/22. In total, $215,190 was allocated.

Successful applications by zone

Kaikōura Zone

Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust

Kaikōura Community Conservation Kete – developing a “go anywhere” kit of diverse, multi-functional, educational and promotional resources for conservation groups of Kaikōura to enable recruitment / succession of volunteers, and to promote Kaikōura conservation. Awarded $2,000.

Waimakariri Zone

Te Kōhaka o Tūhaitara Trust

Tūhaitara Coastal Park rehabilitation – enhancing the native biodiversity in this corridor linking the Waimakariri to the Ashley Rakahuri. Awarded $5,000

Christchurch West Melton Zone

Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust

Estuary restoration, protection and enhancement – building a better understanding of the values of the estuary, and what action we can take as individuals to enhance the quality of the Estuary, providing opportunities to volunteer in any of five wetland restoration projects. Awarded $25,000 

Avon Ōtākaro Network Inc

World Rivers Day Event 2022 – multiple groups undertaking river clean ups and riparian planting in their specific area, with a shared BBQ and music event at a key site. Will include messaging about the effects of urban stormwater runoff into the river and climate change. Awarded $5,000 

Christchurch Envirohub

Community-led mapping and directory – a digital geological mapping application to enable users to visually see any environmentally-focused projects or activities occurring within the wider Canterbury region, eg, planting events, recycling drop points, pest management organisations, river care groups, restoration sites and energy organisations. Awarded $24,000

Port Hills Trust Board

Mt Vernon Park Enhancement project – planting of ecosourced natives on erosion prone hillsides and flats reducing sediment into the Ōpāwaho Heathcote, removal of woody weeds, and volunteer opportunities. Awarded $10,000

Styx Living laboratory Trust

Pūharakekenui Work Programme– supporting the community-led mahi to help create a ‘living laboratory’ for research and learning. Awarded $10,050 

Summit Road Society

Predator Free Port Hills – a backyard and community trapping programme which aims to eliminate rats, possums and mustelids from the Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour by 2050. Awarded $20,000 

Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch

Speak for the Planet – a speech, art, drama, poetry, video/music competition for young people from Year 7 to age 24. Based on the World Environment Day 2021 theme of 'ecosystem restoration'. Awarded $6,000 

Banks Peninsula Zone

Helps Pōhatu Conservation Trust

Kororā (little blue penguin) monitoring at sea – aiming to protect kororā from possible ongoing population decline by monitoring their activities at sea using GPS sensors. Awarded $10,000 

Hidden Valley Conservation Trust

Hidden Valley Conservation Quick Start – seventy-two hectares at Purau, long-recognised for its high natural, cultural and landscape values, with work to accelerate the change from farming to conservation for an immediate benefit to the biodiversity and public recreation, including weed and pest control and monitoring. Awarded $8,000

Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust

Te Ahu Pātiki Park Ecological Survey and Stocktake – contributing to a management plan to secure enduring public access, respecting Ngāi Tahu cultural values and protecting and restoring native biodiversity as part of its QEII covenant. Awarded $10,000

Selwyn Waihora Zone

Arthur’s Pass Wildlife Trust

Feral cat eradication - eradicating all feral cats in the vicinity of Arthur’s Pass Village to help protect native wildlife for future generations to enjoy. Awarded $8,000

Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA)

Upper Waimakariri Community Wilding Conifer Control 2021-2022 – galvanising and leading the community in the fight against wilding conifer spread in the upper Waimakariri catchment. Awarded $20,000

Ashburton Zone

Bike Methven

Mt Hutt Forest Bike Park XC Rejuvenation Project – eradicating wilding sycamores on a family friendly bike track and re-planting with natives endemic to the Mt Hutt/Ōpuke Region. Awarded $10,000.

Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora Zone

Mackenzie Community Enhancement Board

Opihi River Revegetation Project – native vegetation planting alongside the Opihi River, partnering with the Fairlie Lions Club to create a community project that will involve all the schools in the Fairlie District and any interested groups and individuals. Awarded $4,560

Orari River protection Group Inc Soc.

Trapping predators and weed eradication – increasing the automatic trap assets to increase efficiency and uptake of traps by stakeholders in the upper and lower catchments of the Orari, and maintaining / increasing weed eradication to help sustain a safe environment for rare reptiles and other flora and fauna. Awarded $6,500 

Peel Forest Outdoor Pursuits Charitable Trust

Peel Forest river corridor trapping project – pest animal control, utilising technical expertise from biosecurity specialists, and engaging community in restoration activities to provide riparian habitat protection to promote local flora and fauna recovery in the wider landscape. Awarded $11,080

Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury Zone

Sustainable South Canterbury Trust

Eco Centre Launch and Progression – a launch festival, sustainable and healthy food/living displays, and workshops to educate adults and children for actions on waste, energy, climate, land use and water. Awarded $10,000 (also covers the Orari Temuka Opihi Pareora Zone)