Step 1 – Check your project eligibility
Using the information provided in the Who can apply section ensure your project is eligible for Waste Minimisation funding.
If your project is eligible, go to step 2.
Step 2 – Check your project alignment
Using the information provided in the What is being funded section ensure your project aligns with what is being funded.
If your project aligns with what is being funded go to step 3.
Step 3 – Get in touch
If you think your project is eligible and aligns with what is being funded, put your details into our short enquiry form.
Once we receive your form, we will get in touch within two weeks to set up an initial discussion.
At that discussion we will be interested to hear:
- How your project aligns with the content provided in the What is being funded section
- Approximately how much funding you will be requesting
- What impact you expect from your project
- How your project aligns with a te ao Māori worldview.
This process will ensure applicants will only spend time preparing their Expressions of Interest after discussing their project's eligibility and alignment with the WMF team.
Following the discussion, if your project is considered a good potential fit with the fund, you will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest (step 4).
Step 4 – Expression of interest stage
Invitations to submit an Expression of Interest are sent via email with a link to log into MfE’s Funds Management System Client Portal. Specific guidelines will be available to applicants completing this process, including information on creating an account in the Client Portal.
Once completed and submitted, your Expression of Interest will be reviewed and assessed. This assessment will be peer-reviewed and moderated. Expertise from internal and external subject matter experts may be sought. This process usually takes two to three months, and more information may be requested from you prior to the assessment of your submission.
If your Expression of Interest is successful it will go into a holding pool. At regular intervals the Ministry will draw Expressions of Interest from the pool to invite an application submission (step 5). Pool draws depend on how projects fit into the existing Waste Minimisation Fund portfolio as well as available funding. If your Expression of Interest is not successful, or it is not drawn from the pool within three months, we will let you know and provide feedback.
Step 5 – Application stage
Your application will build on the information you provided in the Expression of Interest. Application guidelines will be available. Once completed and submitted, your application will be assessed. This process may take up to three or four months depending on the size, scope, and complexity of the application.
A business case may be required for projects requesting $1M or more in funding.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to the contracting stage (step 6), if your application is not successful, we will let you know and provide feedback.
Step 6 – Contracting stage
At the contracting stage, applicants are required to submit a project plan and detailed budget. Guidelines are provided to assist you and workshop sessions may be arranged as needed with your MfE investment manager. The contract project planning may be subject to external due diligence and/or a legal review depending on the project's value and complexity. Successful completion of these steps will lead to the signing of the Deed of Funding. The contracting stage may take between three to five months to complete. Once the deed is signed, your project is active.
Deed of funding - example [PDF, 327 KB]