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SLM Hill Country Erosion Fund - through regional initiatives, provides targeted government support to communities that need to protect erosion-prone hill country while recognising that, wherever possible, farmers seek to retain the maximum practical production from their land.
Regional councils and unitary authorities may apply for funding for projects that assist hill-country farmers to treat erosion-prone land and implement sustainable management practices.
Through the fund, $2 million per year is available for regional initiatives. Projects may be funded for up to four years. The actual annual funds available will depend on the value of grants awarded in previous years. There is no minimum or maximum annual grant.
A Hill Country Erosion Fund grant will not cover the full cost of a project. Regional councils and landowners are also expected to provide some financial support to the proposed project. Landowners' support may include an "in-kind" contribution.
Funds can be used for regional initiatives that:
The fund cannot be used for projects that primarily focus on:
There are other funds that may be more suitable for supporting these types of work.
Regional councils and unitary authorities may submit applications for funding.
Community groups and landowners are not eligible to apply to the fund, but can participate in regional initiatives that are supported by the fund.
Regional councils and unitary authorities can request an application pack by contacting:
Senior Project Adviser
Growth and Innovation
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
The application pack contains information about the application process, assessment criteria and administration requirements for successful applications.
Application to the SLM Hill Country Erosion Fund is a two stage process.
Stage 1: Assesses the proposal against the eligibility criteria. Those applicants that meet the criteria and provide a strong case for further consideration will be asked to submit a Stage 2 application. View the eligibility criteria.
Stage 2: Evaluates the application with focus on the definition of the problem, how the programme will be implemented, consideration of alternatives, the level of support and how the proposal relates to local and central government policies and rules. View the assessment criteria.