Envirolink Scheme

The Envirolink Scheme funds Crown research institutes, universities and private research organisations to provide regional councils with advice and research on environmental projects.

The aims of the Envirolink scheme 

The Envirolink scheme aims to:

  • improve science input to the environmental management activities of regional councils
  • increase the engagement of regional councils with the environmental RS&T sector
  • contribute to greater collective engagement between councils and the science system generally.

The funding available

Funding of $1.6 million (excluding GST) is available each year for Crown research institutes, universities and private research organisations to provide regional councils with advice and research on environmental projects.

Envirolink funding is invested through 2 on-demand processes:

Advice grants

  • Small advice grants (up to $10,000 excluding GST) to help identify information needs, receive advice on science techniques or meet training requirements.
  • Medium advice grants (up to $40,000 excluding GST) for more detailed advice, or for the second phase of an initial small grant project.
  • Large advice grants (up to $80,000 excluding GST) for consolidated advice involving more than one regional council.  

Tool development grants

  • Funding to develop or adapt new and/or existing resource management tools for use by more than one council.

Envirolink Scheme tools development funding – Assessment guidelines 2022 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Who can apply 

The following regional councils and unitary authorities are currently eligible to apply for Envirolink support through advice grants:

  • Northland Regional Council
  • Gisborne District Council
  • Taranaki Regional Counsil
  • Hawkes Bay Regional Council
  • Horizons Regional Council
  • Nelson City Council
  • Marlborough District Council
  • Tasman District Council
  • Otago Regional Council
  • West Coast Regional Council
  • Environment Southland.

All regional councils and unitary authorities are eligible to apply for the Tools development grants.

2019 review

In 2019, we commissioned Pragmatica Limited to perform an independent review of the Envirolink scheme and inform us of:

  • how well the scheme is operating, and
  • whether it is achieving its intended outcomes and providing value for money.

Envirolink Evaluation Report 2019 [PDF, 1.8 MB]

The results of the review were positive and the scheme rated very good overall. The review also provided evidence that the scheme is making a worthwhile and valuable contribution in supporting eligible councils to engage with and use environmental science and support uptake by users.

The report’s recommendations will inform future funding decisions relating to Envirolink.

Visit the Envirolink website for more information:

Envirolink(external link)

Last updated: 24 March 2022