River Accord community project applications open

14 September 2018

Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants programme are now open.

The programme aims to assist non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, catchment care groups and iwi/hapu with projects that will help increase engagement with Manawatū waterways and improve water quality in the catchment.

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Manawatū River Leaders’ Forum Chair Richard Thompson says the standard of previous applications has been exceptional.

“I’m looking forward to more projects being supported in their efforts to engage communities while improving the Manawatū River and its tributaries,” he says.

“We know there are some fantastic ideas out there that may need a bit of help to get off the ground or grow. If you or someone you know has a project in mind please get in touch with Horizons’ freshwater team to discuss your project,” says Mr Thompson.

Horizons freshwater and partnerships manager Logan Brown says application forms are now available online at www.manawaturiver.co.nz.

“Previous applicants have received funding to complete stream fencing, riparian planting, wetland enhancement, educational projects and longfin eel repatriation,” he says. 

“We are pleased to be able to support project groups such as the Oroua Catchment Care Group in Feilding, who are working their way through a number of farms fencing off the Oroua and its tributaries. Fencing off the streams are just one part of their project, they often hold community planting days to plant up the riparian margins which has benefits by slowing down run off to absorb nutrients and increased habitat for the birds, bees, bugs and fish. This group has been applying for the grants since the programme began and have a achieved a significant amount.”

Mr Brown says this year’s applications will be assessed based on environmental benefits, feasibility, community involvement and long-term benefits to the catchment. There is also likely to be a strong preference towards ‘on the ground’ work. 

“In addition to funding, the grants provide an opportunity for groups to tap into the support and technical advice available at Horizons. We can’t wait to see what ideas are brought to the table through this new funding round.”

Applications for the Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord community grants close Monday 4pm, 8 October 2018.  The amount granted depends on the merits of the applications and there is a total funding pool of $100,000.  

Application forms are available via the Manawatū River website or by contacting Horizons’ freshwater team on freephone 0508 800 800.