Need Funding for your Environmental Project?

ENM is excited to announce the launch of a new grants fund, the Environmental Initiatives Fund.

  • do you have an exciting idea for an environmental project for our city?
  • does your environmental group need funding to increase reach and capacity?
  • have you got great ideas and vision which could be accelerated with financial support?

All environmental projects and groups are invited to consider applying for the fund; everything from biodiversity projects to community resilience to green urban design may be eligible.

The purpose of the grants are to support community initiatives which contribute to positive environmental outcomes for Palmerston North.

“We are excited to add the coordination of the fund to our offerings for the city” said ENM coordinator Madz BatachEl. “Sometimes a funding boost can hugely increase the impact and capacity of an environmental project so it’s fantastic to be able to support environmental projects in this way.”

The funding is aimed at initiatives within Palmerston North City Boundaries however groups/individuals outside of the city can apply. 


The Purpose of the Fund

The main purpose of the ENM Environmental Initiatives Fund is to support community projects that align with priorities of both Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) and ENM, to improve environmental outcomes for the city.  Grants will be available to projects taking place within Palmerston North's City boundaries. The priorities of the fund for the 2020/21 year are intiatives that:

  1. Respect and enhance the mauri of the Manawatū River.
  2. Focus on community resilience, sustainable living, food security and education.
  3. Regenerate and support native biodiversity.
  4. Provide education or development relating to sustainable buildings and/or green spaces.

Further detail about the priorities and eligibility for the Fund are outlined in the Fund Guidelines.

Fund Guidelines

Before you submit an application, it is advisable to read the grant guidelines.  These outline the priorities and elibility for funding, as well as the criteria against which applications will be assessed. The guidelines for each fund can be found at the following links:



Apply Now - Large Grants

Applications open on Monday 15 February 2021 and close at 4pm on Monday 15 March 2021. These grants will be for projects between $500-$12,000. Applications can be submitted via our online form at this link: 

Large Fund Application



Apply Now - Small Grants

Applications for Small Grants open on Monday 15 February and will remain open until the fund has been fully allocated. These grants will be for projects up to $500. Applications can be submitted via our online form at this link:

Small Fund Application



Want to Talk? 

To find out more about the fund, discuss whether your project idea fits the criteria of the fund, or ask us how to go about applying we are offering 2 informal drop-in sessions at the ENM Office, 145 Cuba Street, Palmerston North.   Feel free to swing by and find out all you can about it at these times:

  • 2-4 pm, Tuesday 23 February 
  • 2-4 pm, Wednesday 10 March

If you can't make it to these sessions, and require advice on whether this fund is for you, please contact Kerry Jaques on 06 355 0126, email, or drop into the ENM office at 145 Cuba St. PN.