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Eligibility for the Waterway Protection Fund (WPF)
Who can apply for the WPF
Funding is available in the Franklin, Papakura, Rodney and Great Barrier Island areas to all:
- farmers and lifestyle block owners
- community and environmental groups.
The waterway protection project must be on private land with a property size of 5 hectares or over.
If you have an existing grant and have spent the funding as agreed, you can apply again for the next stage of your project.
What you can apply for
The fund targets:
- protection, enhancement or restoration of streams, waterways, wetlands and
- reduction of contaminants by:
- fencing to exclude livestock and enhance riparian buffers
- provision of alternative water supplies
- planting native plants along watercourses.
What you need to consider
Read the Waterway Protection Fund guidelines to check the fencing standards. These are set out to ensure stock are permanently excluded from the waterway.
A minimum riparian margin of 5m wide is required as part of the funding conditions. All plants used must be ecologically sourced and appropriate to the area.
WPF assessment criteria
We will assess your grant application for:
- projected environmental benefits, including improved water quality and aquatic ecological health
- type and significance of the environment and biodiversity to be protected
- length of riparian margin that the project will protect
- the extent of community involvement in leading or being part of the project
- connections with other landowners to form partnerships and share knowledge
- feasibility and likelihood of a successfully completed project.
What the WPF will not fund
We won't fund:
- a project that may lead to a conflict of interest for us as a consent authority
- activity or work that has already been started or completed
- projects on public land
- fencing or planting which is a condition of a current or future resource consent - grant agreements for successful applicants will include a clause noting fencing and native planting supported by council grants cannot be used to secure subdivision consent for a 10-year period.
Read more information about
activities we don't fund.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for the
Waterway Protection Fund (WPF).
|Grants calendar||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/grants-community-support-housing/grants/grants-calendar||Grants calendar||Use the grants annual calendar to find out the rounds and project dates when you can apply for funding of your project or activity.||aspx||Community grants|
|Freshwater management policy and standards||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/water-strategy-policy-standards/freshwater-management-policy-standards||Freshwater management policy and standards||The Government's recent Essential Freshwater policy introduces new rules and regulations for Auckland and the rest of the country.||aspx||Environment|
|Contact a grants advisor||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/grants-community-support-housing/grants/Pages/contact-a-grants-advisor.aspx||Contact a grants advisor||Find out what grant advisors can do and how to contact them. ||aspx||Community and housing|
|Caring for waterways||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/looking-after-our-waterways/Pages/caring-for-waterways.aspx||Caring for waterways||Manage your stream by adding plants and rocks to slow down the flow of water and reduce erosion. Keep the stream free of rubbish and chemicals. Avoid spreading freshwater pests.||aspx||Water quality|
|Programmes promoting water quality||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/looking-after-our-waterways/Pages/programmes-promoting-water-quality.aspx||Programmes promoting water quality||We have established Project Twin Streams and Wai Care to help improve our freshwater quality.||aspx||Environment|
|Auckland Water Strategy ||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/looking-after-aucklands-water/water-strategy-policy-standards/Pages/auckland-water-strategy.aspx||Auckland Water Strategy ||Find out about our vision and strategy for the future of Auckland's waters.||aspx|
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