Sustainability Fund Now Open

The Christchurch City Council’s Sustainability Fund is now open – applications close Monday 27 September 2021, with decisions expected in December.

The main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Christchurch are shown below.

We a looking to support community, school, social enterprise and business ideas that help cut emissions and grow resilience in Christchurch.

The Councils newly adopted Climate Resilience Strategy contains 10 Climate Action Programmes.

We want to support practical projects within the action areas listed below.

For more information and to apply please visit the Sustainability Fund website

April 2021, Round 2 Funding decisions

If you applied to the Sustainability Fund before April 2021 then funding decisions are expected on Wednesday 28 July.

Your application has been reviewed by the evaluation panel, been fully explored in a Councillor workshop and will be decided by the Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee meeting on 28 July.

Because the Council dedicated all meetings during May and June to hearing submissions and finalising the 21-31 Long-Term Plan and the Climate Strategy our approval process has been delayed.

We will notify you once the decisions have been made and soon after establish grant funding agreements with the successful applicants.

Thank you for taking the time to apply to this Fund – we look forward to working with you in the future.

Keep up the great work, helping to make Christchurch a great place to live for generations to come.


Networking for the Environment hui – Stories to Celebrate

Tuesday 29th June, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Tautoru/TSB Space, Tūranga

This is an exciting opportunity to:

  • See the film Te Kāhui Tūao (Constellation of Volunteers) that tells the story of some of the groups in Canterbury working for change;
  • Hear about some of the heroes from the Environmental Leadership and Heritage of Christchurch, Canterbury project; 
  • Explore the importance of these stories as a taonga; 
  • Learn how to capture, protect and share your story;
  • PLUS! Hear Environment Canterbury Cllr. Southworth talk about how the LTP budget affects community groups.

More event information on Humanitix, including a list of guest speakers.

While attendance is free, you must book via Humanitix.


Waste Art Competition

Exhibition of entries open to public Saturday 14 August

See Eventbrite or call 03 423 0445

Competition and art exhibition that will challenge the way we look at waste, open to Selwyn high school students or home-schooled students living in Selwyn. Three substantial prizes have been offered for 1st-3rd prize.


The Envirokids Programme

Every week, Saturday 10am – 3pm  
at the Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens

Every week we will showcase a different organisation in our network. There are so many organisations in our networks with activities for children. This is an opportunity to get passionate children together and connect them with these organisations. If you would like your organisations to be involved please email us at An suitably qualified Envirokids facilitator will be available to help as much or as little as you need. They will be available on the Saturday and they can help organisations plan activities if required.

Record of Learning

There are two ways children can keep record of activities they have been involved with: 

  • The Christchurch Envirohub, Envirokids progamme is a Children’s University learning destination. All activities will be catagorised as either an ecology related activity or a resource efficiency related activity. Children can get the time spent on activities with either of the stamps (shown below) in their Children’s University Passport.
  • Envirokids will also have a passbook for children that come regularly. Children will be able to collect beautiful Christchurch bird stickers to put into their passbook. There is also a place to record the activity that earned the sticker.


Sustainability Fund open for applications

The Christchurch City Council’s Sustainability Fund that supports innovative climate action is now open.

Ideas and actions that cut carbon and support sustainability in Christchurch are welcome.

Your application should be in before Monday 26 April 2021.

For more information and to apply visit: Sustainability Fund

Previously funded projects are listed on the Sustainability Fund webpage and were also profiled in this Newsline article – Local sustainability projects benefit from new funding.


Climate Change Consultation

The Climate Change Commission first package of advice is open for formal consultation.

They will be consulting with the public from 1 February – 28 March 2021 on a draft of their first package of advice to Government on the actions it must take to reach net-zero by 2050, and ensure a transition to a low-emissions, climate resilient and thriving Aotearoa.

What will the first package of advice cover?

Specifically, this package of advice is made up of:

  • The proposed first three emissions budgets and guidance on the first emissions reduction plan, advising the Government on how the emissions budgets could be met
  • Whether Aotearoa’s first Nationally Determined Contribution is compatible with contributing to the global efforts to limit warming above 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels
  • Advice on what potential reductions in biogenic methane might be needed in the future (this is not a review of current targets).

Greater Christchurch 2050

The Greater Christchurch Partnership is creating a new plan for our sub-region with everyone that has an interest in the area.

Greater Christchurch 2050 will describe the kind of place we want for our future generations, and the actions we need to take over the next 30 years to make it happen.  This work will culminate in a plan that is real and achievable from the partner organisations.

More info on the website. Submissions close 30 Nov.


From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice

This November, COP26 should have taken place. To mark this occasion, the COP26 Coalition is hosting From the Ground Up – a global gathering that will be a space to educate, activate and strategise. We will discuss the need for a global green new deal and work towards a global plan of action to create the change we need from the ground up.From the Ground Up: Global Gathering for Climate Justice will host discussions on🌱 False Solutions to the Climate Crisis
🌱 Just Transition and the Role of Trade Unions
🌱 How Fossil Fuels get Financed
🌱 Feminism and the Climate Emergency
🌱 Indigenous Knowledge and Strategies for Resistance
🌱 Struggles for Land, Forests, and Oceansas well as workshops on👉🏾 How not to burn out as an activist
👉🏾 How to resist mega-projects in your community
👉🏾 How to start a community garden
👉🏾 How to frame climate justice in campaigning
👉🏾 How to take action during a global pandemicand many more.This Global Gathering is an opportunity for Scottish, UK, European and international climate movements to build momentum and capacity, and to connect to broader civil society to build power for system change.The event is free, everyone is welcome to attend. The gathering will be spread throughout the five days to enable activists from all timezones to take part. We will provide translations in Spanish and French , or closed captions for key panels.For any questions, email



Whether you cycle already, would like to give it a go, or just want to join the fun, there will be something for you.


WWF Community & Education Funding Round Now Open

We run two separate funds in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, supporting Kiwis to get involved in protecting their local environment: 

Community Conservation Fund

This fund is for local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand, and engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. 

Environmental Education Action Fund

This fund is for New Zealand schools, environmental education providers and community groups running education programmes where action for the environment is part of learning.

We’ll be accepting applications for both these funds from 14 September to 9 October 2020. Visit our website to find out if your project is suitable for funding and how to apply. 

If you have any queries contact WWF on 

Grant Administrator: 027 455 0051
Freephone: 0800 435 7993 
Email:  for Community Conservation Fund for Environmental Education Action