Auckland Council

Auckland Climate Grant

Empowering Tāmaki Makaurau to make a positive difference in the environment. APPLICATIONS OPEN!

Auckland Climate Grant

The Auckland Climate Grant is a targeted grant programme to support community-based climate action. The grant provides funding support for projects that: 

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through community-based action
  • Build community resilience to climate impacts  
  • Support Māori-led responses to climate change 

Climate action activity areas 

Projects supported through the Auckland Climate Grant should address one or more of the following climate action areas. Priorities for the Auckland Climate Grant are drawn from Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan.

  • Built environment and Energy: Projects that support a built environment and energy system that provides for a low carbon, climate disaster-resilient Auckland.
  • Transport: Projects that support low carbon, safe transport systems that deliver social, economic and health benefits for all. This will include innovative solutions that reduce the need for travel.

  • Communities: Projects that support communities to increase awareness of climate change and to prepare for changes in our climate and coastline. Projects that support Aucklanders to understand their carbon footprints and changes they can make to reduce these.

  • Food: Projects that support a low carbon, resilient, local food system that provides all Aucklanders with access to fresh, sustainable, affordable and healthy food and projects that support Aucklanders to make sustainable dietary choices.

  • Māori-led projects: Māori-led projects that build capacity to respond to climate impacts and support mana whenua and mātāwaka to reduce emissions and build community resilience.

Priorities for 2022/2023 are Transport, Food, Energy and Māori-led projects 

What can be applied for 

Response grants ($1,000 - $15,000) seek to grow community participation in climate action or amplify existing community action, particularly among under-served communities such as youth, Pacific peoples, marae and rangatahi. Response grants are one-off grants open to a range of groups particularly those who have not previously engaged with climate action activity or are rapidly building capacity in this area. For more information on response grants  

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Strategic Grants ($15,000 - $50,000) support programmes and activities aligning with the Auckland Climate grant programme purpose, scope and priority actions that occur within the Auckland region. Strategic grants will be expected to have more significant impacts than response grants, and could potentially be used to either expand best practise projects or develop innovative new responses to the climate challenge. Strategic grants will be a mix of 'one-off' and multi-year project grants for standalone initiatives.

Information on the eligibility criteria and exclusions are provided in the Auckland Climate Grant guidelines


Funding round dates 

Response Grants


Opening date


Closing date


Funding decisions


Round Two 

1 March 2023 

14 April 2023 

May 2023 


Applicant support

Further information and support with the application process is available. To access support please email

2021 / 2022 Auckland Climate Grant Recipients preview image

2021 / 2022 Auckland Climate Grant Recipients

We're proud to support local projects with the Auckland Climate Fund. Check out the great projects we funded in 2021 / 2022 that help address our climate change objectives and targets.

Applicant Website / Social Media Project Description Funding
Whenua Warrior Charitable Trust Website

#projectSouthSide600 This project aims to build 600 edible gardens in the back of South Auckland homes. The Whenua Warrior Charitable Trust transport materials, build a garden box and teach the family from the back of the home.  $36,000
Tamaki WRAP Website

Tamaki Urban Market Garden This project will establish a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model organic market garden providing nutrient-dense food to the community. $20,000
Sport Waitakere (Healthy Families Waitakere) Website

West Auckland Urban Farming Feasibility Study This project intends to identify and assess sites that could be considered for regenerative urban farms across the three West Auckland Local Boards area. $32,000
Re-Creators Charitable Trust Website

Upcycled Gardening for Communities The project will support the ReCreators to develop upcycled gardening classes to teach the community DIY resilience skills. $20,000
Kelmarna Community Garden Trust Website

Regenerative market garden, growing local food through Community Supported Agriculture This project aims to create a new market garden space in one of Kelmarna’s paddocks, as part of our wider paddock redevelopment project. $25,000
Otahuhu College Board of Trustees Website

Otahuhu College Community Garden Project This project aims to set up a community garden on the bones of a derelict horticulture area. The garden will allow students to learn the basics of gardening and to study horticultural science. $8,000
Sustainable Papakura Website

Papakura Foraging Tours This project aims to build on the existing 24 planters throughout Papakura Town Centre demonstrating how we can grow our own food sustainably in urban environments. $5,000
Applicant Website / Social Media Project Description Funding
Whakaupoko (West Franklin) Landcare Facebook Green Trails - Connecting Communities - Creating biodiversity corridors This project will coordinate the development of a region wide Green Trails Plan that safely connects all communities in Franklin, communities to the north, communities to the south in the Waikato and all public transport hubs. $38,000
EcoMatters Environment Trust Website

Community Bike Hub expansion This project seeks to expand the Ecomatters Environment Trust network of community Bike Hubs further across Auckland. The existing three Bike Hubs offer free access to tools and advice on bike maintenance as well as access to restored bikes and parts. $26,000
Bike Avondale Facebook "GO Bike Avondale GO" This project will develop the '"GO Bike Avondale GO" existing volunteer led community biking group. Funding is sought to resource one dedicated crew member and guarantee programme funds to accelerate cycling. $25,000
The Community Builders NZ Trust Website Wheels and Wellbeing This project aims to support the development of bike burbs in communities. This would be led and championed by local residents to promote and encourage sustainable living through increasing biking. $31,000
Applicant Website / Social Media Project Description Funding
The Auckland King Tides Initiative Website

Auckland King Tides Initiative Live Lightly School/Community Workshop Delivery This project aims to co-design and deliver community workshops with Year 7-9 students and staff supporting the Auckland King Tides website and social media platform and water level (tide) gauge network that can be monitored by local communities. $36,000
Tread Lightly Charitable Trust Website

Tread Lightly Caravan 2022 This project will support the Tread Lightly Charitable Trust to achieves its vision to “Inspire New Zealanders to live sustainably” through the Tread Lightly Caravan (TLC) - mobile environmental classrooms $32,000
Kaipatiki Project Incorporated Website

Sustainable Living Community Education & Engagement Kaipātiki Project is a trusted and innovative leader in the sustainable living and environment sector, with well-established partnerships and collaborations across the region. $25,000
The Community Collective Facebook Sustainable Living Festival: Community Power and Climate Action This project aims to deliver a month-long sustainable living and climate change festival focused on showcasing local strengths and existing organisations, local activities and environmental champions $20,000

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