Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para Waste Minimisation Fund

Applications are currently closed

Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para - the Waste Minimisation Fund supports projects that increase the reuse, recovery and recycling of materials. This helps reduce waste to landfill, one-off use of materials and litter. The goal is to move from the linear take, make, dispose approach to a circular one focussing on make, use, return principles.

The fund invests in a wide-range of projects from infrastructure investments to behaviour change and hapū/community-centred projects. 

Updates on the 2022 funding round

Funding round opening date

In previous years, applications for projects under the Waste Minimisation Fund opened annually in or around May, with expressions of interest being evaluated and accepted over the next few months.

This year, the launch of the next funding round of the Waste Minimisation Fund will be delayed until October 2022.

The reason for the delay is that we’re redesigning the way we run the fund and reconfiguring processes in light of the increasing waste disposal levy. This means we’ll have easier processes and more funding available for successful applications.

Funding round duration

Rather than being confined to a short funding round, the Waste Minimisation Fund will be an 'open' fund until fully subscribed. (Except in the situation when all available funding is allocated, then the fund will briefly close for new expressions of interest.) 

Applicants will be able to provide expressions of interest at any time as of October 2022.

The fund will consider the Ministry’s waste reduction work programme and align with strategic waste outcomes, such as described in the new Aotearoa New Zealand Waste Strategy (expected Q3/2022) and Emissions Reduction Plan (expected in Q2/2022).

This webpage will be updated with further details, including key dates and funding amounts, prior to October 2022.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact us at wmf@mfe.govt.nz or on 0800 499 700.

Previously funded projects