The Council is proud to support local projects with the Sustainability Fund. Check out the great projects we have funded so far that help address our climate change objectives and targets.


Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Protection of the Manaia Wetland(external link) 2020 Little River Campground Limited  To protect an area of native forest and wetland in the Okuti Valley $2,625
Restoration project 2020 Diamond Harbour Community Association on behalf of Friends of Morgan’s and Sam’s Gullies (external link) Restoring native plants along walkways and gullies on Council land at Diamond Harbour $3,000
Native Plant Propagation 2020 The Living Streams Community Nursery Trust (external link) Funding to support growing the capacity of its community-run nursery in Little River. $1,500
Restoration of the Upper Avoca Valley 2020 Summit Road Society Incorporated (external link)  Planting 87,000 trees and shrubs over 33 hectares of the Upper Avoca Valley on the Port Hills. $20,000
Technologies for predator free Christchurch 2019 The Cacophony Project(external link) Pilot application of technology-based predator control at Living Springs aiming to create a predator free area using a thermal camera and artificial intelligence. $50,000
Conservation Week 2019 with Squawk Squad 2019 Squawk Squad(external link) Innovative, digital, environmental education outreach into NZ schools during Conservation Week. Funding will support 110 classrooms and approximately 2,800 school children. $20,000
Squawk Squad education packs 2018 Squawk Squad(external link) To deliver Conservation Week educational packs to 80 Christchurch school classrooms to support environmental education and practical actions. $8,000
Little River Trap Library 2017 Little River Wairewa Community Trust(external link) Widen community conservation efforts and provide information about pest control. The Library provides traps free of charge for three months with mentorship on use. Funding sought for traps, time and modest marketing. $10,000
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Community Climate Engagement 2020 Te Pūtahi Christchurch Transitional Architecture Trust (external link)

A series of community education events on climate change in 2020.

Flourish Kia Puāwai 2020 Flourish Kia Puāwai Social Enterprise Limited (external link) Flourish Kia Puāwai aims to engage the community on climate change. $15,000
SALT Street Art Festival 2019 Salt Collective Charitable Trust (external link)

Creating an event situated in the SALT district that is Christchurch-exclusive and leaves a legacy of public art.

Braveheart Christchurch  2019 Braveheart Christchurch Charitable Trust(external link)

Filming and online publication of 18 profiles of inspiring Christchurch people or projects to showcase local heroes and brave actions taken to help others. 

Bays & Beyond Learning Exchange  2019 Sumner Bays Union Trust(external link) Programme of learning events hosted by community groups to teach on a range of environmental and social topics. $20,000
Fit out and activation of GtR mobile workshop  2019 Greening the Rubble(external link) Funding sought for fit-out and purchase tools for a Mobile Workshop for community use.   $8,095
Mobile workshop  2018 Greening the Rubble(external link) Mobile tool workshop for community use. Funding sought for construction materials and set-up $22,165
Future Living Skills – Christchurch 2018 Christchurch Community Gardens Association(external link) & Sustainable Living Education Trust(external link) Funding sought to re-launch and updated community-led education programme to enable community groups throughout Christchurch to run 'Future Living Skills' courses.


Talk Town Game 2018 Talk Town Limited

Talk Town Limited App for deaf and hard of hearing children to develop skills to advocate for themselves, understand their communication needs and interact with others.


In Correspondence - Mapping Christchurch (In Correspondence: Christchurch) 2018 Emma Johnson
(external link)
Layering social and environmental story over designed maps to be displayed at a series of events that also connect the audience with channels to volunteer in the community.


Sustainability Coordinator          2018  Sustainable Eastern Bays Funding sought for staff time (sustainability coordinator) to deliver a range of community projects (e.g. food forest, predator-free, native planting, waste education, time banking).


Implementation manager role 2018 Christchurch Enviro Hub (external link) Establish and run a new Christchurch Enviro Hub. Funding sought to support implementation manager position. $20,000
University of Waikato  2018 Visualising Addington Heritage Funding sought to develop a mobile app in which multimedia Addington heritage information is made available.    $10,000
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Little River Playcentre - Light upgrade 2020 Little River Playcentre(external link) Funding to install energy-efficient lighting at the play centre. $405
The Canterbury Railway Society Solar Energy Programme 2019 The Canterbury Railway Society Incorporated(external link) Funding sought to set up a 3kW Solar array at the Railway Society in Ferrymead $5,243
LiteClub Christchurch 2019 Project Litefoot Trust(external link)(external link) Supporting a further ten local sports clubs to improve their resource efficiency and carbon footprint.  $9,303
LiteClub Christchurch 2018 Project Litefoot Trust(external link) Supporting ten local sports clubs to improve their resource efficiency and carbon footprint. $7,640
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Young Propagating Gardens Sustainability Hub 2020 New Brighton Community Gardens(external link) Providing hands-on learning for at least 70 students from seven local schools about food growing and preparing healthy food. $10,000
Waste Not, Want Not 2020 Food Bank Canterbury (external link) Collects surplus food from throughout the city and donates it to food banks. $20,000
Toha Kai 2020 Roimata Commons Trust (external link) A food sharing service that will reduce food waste and support food security for families in Woolston. $20,000
Food Resilience Network Facilitation 2019 Food Resilience Network(external link) Funds to support a network coordinator to deliver monthly networking forums, community education events, catalyst support for new community growing projects and a pilot comprehensive delivery model to support healthy, edible schools. $25,000
Garden Festival for Christchurch (GROW Ōtautahi Festival) (external link) 2019 The Christchurch Garden Festival Trust(external link) Hosting a free, three-day public garden festival in the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. Council funding will support educational opportunities and lower the cost for community organisations displaying at the event.  $30,000
Edible Community Garden Empower Church  2019 Community Focus Trust(external link) An edible community garden on the grounds of Empower Church, located in St Albans (140 Springfield Road). $2,280
Community Pantry and Fridge at the Riccarton West Community Garden 2019 Oak Development Trust(external link) Funding to support the completion of a community pantry and fridge in Riccarton West. $5,000
Memorial Edible Gardens of Mt Pleasant 2019 Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre and Residents' Association Inc(external link) Creation of a new community garden and gathering space beside the Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre. $3,333
Germinate Collective Workbook (external link) 2019 host organisation - Food Resilience Network Support for the completion and publication of Christchurch-specific practical workbooks for school, community and home gardeners on growing and eating healthy organic food. Funding will support 20 free workbooks for low decile schools and Council libraries. $9,825
A Green Solution to Hunger 2019 Foodbank Canterbury(external link) (Formally City Harvest)  A service that reduces food waste and provides food to vulnerable residents.  $30,000
City Harvest Food Rescue 2018 City Harvest(external link) Support sought for this food rescue service that safely recovers quality surplus food and redistributes it through agencies to in-need individuals, whanau and children.  $30,000
Cultivate Christchurch: Richmond Urban Farm - a transitional project in the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor regeneration area  2018 Cultivate Christchurch(external link)

Funding to support establishing an urban farm in the Otakaro Avon River Regeneration Area.

Cultivate Christchurch  2018 Cultivate Christchurch(external link) Urban farm to support youth development. Funding to support wages, fertiliser and irrigation.  $50,000
The Addington Farm  2018 The Addington Farm(external link) Community farm to supply fresh vegetables, employment opportunities, education and community engagement. Funding to support the Spin Farm, small scale farming in backyards.  $30,000
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Whakoki establishment 2019 Whakoki Ltd Purchase of wood cutting equipment to support the manufacture of affordable, high performance and sustainable, pre-fabricated, modular homes. $25,000
Superhome Movement Tours(external link) 2019 Superhome Movement(external link) Three public tours of Christchurch Superhomes, tours in October, March, and July 2020. $6,287
Building Above Code and To Code 2019 Massey University Purchase 100 sensors and collect and share data on the temperature, moisture and carbon dioxide in the living room and bedroom of 25 code minimum homes and 25 above code Superhomes in Christchurch.  $40,000
Ōtakaro Orchard 2018 Food Resilience Network(external link) Funding sought to support building an architect-designed green building at the Ōtakaro Orchard. Funding to support the installation of a green roof, solar array, water catchment and building dashboard. $60,000
2018 Exemplar Homes Tour Homestar assessment costs 2017 Superhome Movement(external link) Public tour of sustainable homes in Christchurch with Homestar rating.  Funds sought to partly cover the NZGBC cost gaining a Homestar Rating for 10 homes to provide the community more understanding of Homestar and more certainty of housing quality.  $9,400
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Climate Action Campus 2020 Ao Tawhiti Discovery School (external link) A new climate school to equip students with practical action-oriented learning on climate change and provide a one-stop-shop for education on sustainability that other schools can tap into.  $40,000
Mutu Sharing App 2020 Mutu Limited(external link) An app that allows people to rent, lend or borrow household items instead of purchasing them, supporting a resource-efficient, circular, sharing economy. $5,000
Christchurch Climate Challenge 2020 Generation Zero(external link) on behalf of Christchurch Youth Climate Challenge An event that aims to empower youth with the skills, tools, mentorship and connections needed to create practical action on climate change $3,500
Sustainable Development Goals Summit Event Series 2020 University of Canterbury(external link) A series of three online events and a face to face two-day conference hosted in Christchurch during September 2021 to promote awareness and action on sustainable development in New Zealand. $10,000
The Christchurch Climate Challenge Conference 2019 Climate Challenge NZ Christchurch Conference(external link) A June 2019 Christchurch conference led by a national youth-for-youth organisation to empower young people to be leaders and to take action on climate change. $3,250
Future of Learning Conference 2019 2019 Think Beyond Limited(external link) Funds to lower the cost for 30 people to attend a two-day conference on modern learning and technologies. Preparation of an event guide linked to the Sustainable Development Goals.  $9,900
Social Enterprise Challenge / $85K Start-Up Challenge   2019 Entré, University of Canterbury(external link) Funding sought to run competitions and challenges to support the development of innovation and tertiary institutions.  $5,000
Impact Summit and Social Enterprise Climate Emergency Challenge   2019 UC Centre for Entrepreneurship(external link) Flagship youth (17 to 25-year-olds) capacity building events promoting innovation and entrepreneurship to approximately 400 youth with a focus on addressing our climate emergency.  $20,000
Learning City Christchurch 2019 (external link)Learning City Christchurch(external link) In collaboration with local educational institutions, create a learning opportunity database and a website as a platform to connect those learning opportunities across Christchurch, as well as a workshop series to support Christchurch becoming a learning city.  $25,000
Limitless Programs 2019  2019 Limitless Charitable Trust(external link) A conference and series of hui to equip young people with greater self-awareness and confidence in the areas of strengths, values, goal setting, passions and career pathway. $10,000
Electrothermal Weed Management Trial(external link) 2019 Avon-Otakaro Incorporated(external link) Following on from the training workshops held in February 2019, funding will support 12 months of field trials targeting different weeds in different locations to test the efficacy of the technology in different scenarios.    $25,010 
Electrothermal Weed Management Workshops  2018 Avon-Otakaro Incorporated(external link) To deliver workshops around electrothermal weed management, a technology that could support a reduction in the use of chemical herbicides.   $5,000
Pop Lab 2018 Fab City Aotearoa Trust(external link) A design installation and temporary fabrication lab in the Arts Centre over summer 2018/19 that will act as a showroom for locally produced, digitally exportable goods $10,000
Impact Summit 2018(external link) 2018 University of Canterbury(external link) Christchurch's flagship innovation and impact event targeted at 17-25 year-olds (though all ages welcome). $10,000
Limitless programs 2018 2018 Limitless(external link) Mentoring events to help youth understand their passions, values, skills and strengths and to channel this toward real-world problems, goals and meaningful careers. $10,000
Future of Learning 2018 Think Beyond(external link)(external link) Workshops and event for adults and youth to explore disruptive technology. $10,000
Future City Activator Hackathon 2018 Ministry of Awesome(external link) An idea generation and mentoring hackathon plus promoting CHCH as an innovative city. $18,950
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
RAD Bikes Expansion 2020 RAD Bikes Charitable Trust(external link) Funding to support the organisation to expand its activities that repair and share bikes with low-income families and teach people how to maintain their own bikes. $16,000
BSB Electric Mobility Network - Carbon Zero Transport Christchurch(external link) 2019 Big Street Bikers(external link) Installation of five securely locking cycle/scooter stands able to charge electric bikes and scooters, with an accompanying touch screen able to support wayfinding and positive cycle messages. $50,000
Electric Air(external link) 2019 Electric Airline Limited(external link) Funding sought to contribute to the cost of purchasing and importing New Zealand’s first battery-electric aeroplane to be a local catalyst for this technology and future opportunities. $40,000
Biketober Passport 2019(external link) 2019 Spokes Canterbury(external link) An electronic passport app to support the annual Biketober campaign and to replace a printed and manually stamped passport. $12,000
Little River Traffic Safety Project  2019 Little River Wairewa Community Trust(external link) Creation of four 3D painted traffic calming devices for the Little River village car park where safety is of concern for the community. $11,661
Demystifying Electric Vehicles(external link) 2018 Yoogo Share(external link) Free public events in Lyttelton and Papanui to demystify electric vehicles. $6,000
Realising the Future of Public Transport(external link) 2018 Ohmio Automotion Ltd.(external link) Funding supplied to establish autonomous vehicle technology (the vehicle and navigation systems) in Christchurch, pass through the necessary legal processes to enable deployment in NZ, and create opportunities for the Christchurch public to engage with the driverless vehicles. $50,000
Cycling Action Network 2018 NZ Bike Expo(external link)  Two-day bike expo for all types of riders. Funding to support community groups and sports clubs to have a presence at the expo at no cost. $10,000
Greater Christchurch Partnership 2018 Greater Christchurch Partnership commuting program Delivery of the Great Christchurch Travel Demand Management programme (encouraging walking, cycling, busing and shared travel) for key organisations in the central city. $20,000
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Rocha Zero Waste Churches 2020 A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand (external link) A Zero Waste programme to support churches to reduce waste. $10,000
School Composting Project 2020 Christchurch Boys’ High School  A school composting project that will see students involved in managing waste and growing fruit and vegetables. $900
TOCK Education programme 2020 Tock Earth Limited (external link) Funding to support testing early childhood and primary school education programme for one year in Christchurch. $10,000
PET Wash Plant Venture 2019 Custom-Pak Plastic Products(external link) Build a PET plastic washing and recycling facility in Christchurch to support a circular economy for packaging. $75,000
Organic Composter 2019 Living Springs Charitable Trust(external link) Purchase of a locally made small scale enclosed compost machine to manage catering waste at Living Springs and to use as a learning opportunity for their 12,000 annual visitors. $20,000
Zero Waste Expo 2019 Waste Expo Aotearoa Trust(external link) A series of expo style events with attendees having the opportunity to learn how to improve their waste reduction efforts. $1,200
New Brighton Stitch-O-Mat  2019 New Brighton Stitch-O-Mat Charitable Trust(external link) Community organisation teaching people how to mend clothes, make items using recycled materials and teach aspects of household sustainability.  $30,000
Household Devices Batteries Collection Trial(external link) 2019 Christchurch City Council Pilot a household battery collection recycling service for Christchurch and gather data to help create a value case for a permanent recycling solution. $72,490
Soft Plastics Recycling Service 2018 Kilmarnock Enterprises(external link) Support for the collection and recycling of soft plastics from supermarkets and retail outlets throughout Christchurch. Collection vehicle
Lyttelton Library of Tools & Things 2017 Project Lyttelton(external link) Set up a library of tools for community use and a platform for workshops, supporting less waste and resourcefulness. $7,588
Project Year Applicant Description Funding
Stormwater Superhero Mobile Resource 2020 Avon-Heathcote Estuary Trust (external link) A mobile water education facility that will help schools and community groups throughout the city learn about waterways. $20,000
Operation River Quest 2020 EOS Ecology(external link) Helping to clean-up and teach school students about waterways in Christchurch. $10,000
Urban Eel Project 2019 Working Waters Trust(external link) Educate students about eels and their habitat, connect students to community groups, educate group leaders in the use of nets for eel monitoring and undertake eel monitoring throughout Christchurch. $10,000
Nature Agents - Operation River Quest 2019 EOS Ecology(external link) Preparing and hosting a practical learning event for 17 schools on stream care, ecological research and a litter clean-up along local waterways. $10,000
Te Tuna Tāone - Urban Eel 2018 Working Waters Trust(external link) Delivery of a school student education programme aiming to improve habitat for eels. $22,000
Next generation influence - Innovation 2018 Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research(external link) Workshop expenses and artists’ fees to encourage local stewardship of land and water. $3,000
Converting Didymo fibres into marketable products(external link) 2(external link)018 Biome(external link)(external link) Harvesting invasive Didymo fibres and processing into useful eco-friendly products. $10,000