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Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund

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Visit the Auckland Council website for more information on how to apply.


The WMIF will support projects that:

  • promote or achieve waste minimisation
  • include educational projects that promote waste minimisation activity only
  • result in new waste minimisation activity, either by:
    • implementing new initiatives, or
    • a significant expansion in the scope or coverage of existing activities.
  • may be for a discrete funding timeframe of one year, after which the project objectives should have been achieved and. Where appropriate, the initiative has become self-funding.


The fund will cover:

  • operational or capital expenditure required to undertake a project
  • up to 50 per cent of the cost of the project. You will need to demonstrate adequate sources of additional funding from your own or other resources.

Background on Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF):

  • Funding for WMIF comes from the national waste levy, which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
  • The fund has $500,000 to distribute annually, with one funding round per year for grants up to $50,000.
  • There are three funding categories: $1000 - $5,000; $5,001 - $25,000; and grants over $25,000.
  • More than 400 projects have been funded by WMIF since 2013, allocating approximately $5 million to assist our wonderful zero-waste champions. 
  • WMIF was adopted in 2013 and was designed to support projects and innovative solutions that promote or achieve waste management and minimisation, reduce waste to landfill in accordance with the objectives of the Auckland Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and foster new ideas and encourage community participation in reducing waste to landfill.
  • The fund is open to community groups, businesses, iwi, Māori organisations, early childhood centres, schools, tertiary organisations, and other community-based organisations operating in the Auckland region.