Media Release – 16 May 2017

Authority publishes 2017 funding priorities

The Waikato River Authority’s seventh funding round will have up to $6 million available for river clean-up projects this year with applications for grants opening on 3 July.
The Authority has also confirmed its funding priorities for the coming year with the annual review of its funding strategy.
Among the areas the Authority is maintaining or giving increased priority to this year include:

  • Partnerships: There is likely to be greater support for applications that involve strong partnerships and that have the ability to deliver significant outcomes from larger projects.
  • Iwi Engagement: There will be an increased focus on bigger projects that incorporate iwi in the project delivery.
  • Restoration Strategy: Projects that have been flagged as important during the development of the Restoration Strategy will be given funding priority.
  • Water Quality: A strong emphasis on projects that can demonstrate a high level of certainty around water quality improvement.

Applications for funding will open on 3 July with funding applications again being managed online through the Waikato River Authority website www.waikatoriver.org.nz and will close on 16 August 2017.  The Funding Strategy 2017 is available on-line or from the Waikato River Authority at 21 Rostrevor Street, Hamilton.
To date the Waikato River Authority has provided more than $30 million in funding to around 200 river clean-up projects.