The Waikato River Authority’s second funding round opens for applications from Monday 24 September with $6 million again available for river clean-up projects.
The 2nd funding round will be held following a re-fresh of the funding strategy and an increase in the Authority’s geographical responsibility to include all of the Waipa River catchment.
The funding round opens slightly earlier than first planned to ensure the Authority can receive applications and make its decisions on which projects will get funding before the end of the year.
Passing of the Nga Wai o Maniapoto (Waipa River) Act 2012 has meant the Authority’s vision and strategy also now applies to the upper Waipa River catchment with an additional amount of funding from the Crown for this added responsibility.
The 2012 Funding Strategy has been updated to include all of the Waipa River and a further consolidation of clean-up priorities.
Funding applications will be received by the Authority from Monday 24 September through until Friday 2 November.
Waikato River Authority co-chair John Luxton says the Authority has also streamlined its funding timetable this year to enable funding decisions to be made prior to Christmas.
“We have taken the learnings from the first funding round and we believe we are able to work through the process a little faster now that we have that understanding. This will have the advantage of giving successful applicants early funding certainty so they have the opportunity to get underway with projects at the start of the New Year,” he says.
Co-chair Tukoroirangi Morgan says the Authority is also signaling that successful funding decisions this year will be weighted towards co-funding arrangements.
“Because we have limited resources we strongly believe the way forward is through funding collaboration so we will naturally look more favorably on projects that have financial support from other parties other than just the Authority,” he says.
The Waikato River Authority is a co-governance body established between the Crown and Waikato River iwi to restore the Waikato River. The government has committed $220 million over a 30-year period to restoring the health and well being of the river.
The Authority’s Funding Strategy 2012 together with the application template will be available at www.waikatoriver.org.nz from Monday 24 September.
For more information contact: Bob Penter, Chief Executive Waikato River Authority. Ph: 021 2456359