Applications are now open for the 2024 MGI & WDI Environmental Fund. 

Applications close: Sunday 30th June 2024

Please note that there have been changes to the Environmental Fund Application Form and Requirements. It is highly recommended to review and complete your application as soon as possible, to ensure your application is accepted for consideration and submitted before the closing date.

The Fund has been established to support environmental enhancement projects in the Waihao Downs and Morven Glenavy Irrigation areas.

Priority for the distribution and use of the Fund will be given to the following types of projects:

  1. Physical protection of, stock exclusion from, and indigenous vegetation planting along riparian margins of rivers and streams;
  2. Wetland enhancement and wetland creation, including the development of wetlands along intermittent streams;
  3. Permanent protection of wetland areas that could contain mudfish;
  4. Reduction or mitigation of hill country erosion and sediment runoff, provided that the intended use of the land involved is not for agricultural purposes;
  5. Projects for the enhancement of farmers own properties, that are not directly covered by FEP requirements, may be eligible for up to 50% levy rebate provided that the project can demonstrate environmental benefits;
  6. Catchment Group Projects undertaken within the scheme command area, which may include mitigation projects that will result in an improvement in water quality.

Please click on the below links to access the required information – please note each application must be accompanied by a Project Planting Plan in order to be considered:

Environmental Fund Application Form

Project Planting Plan

2024 Environmental Fund Application Checklist

If you require information in addition to what is available on the website, please contact Grace Baldwin (Environmental Advisor) by phone on 027 556 5616 or email