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The Community Irrigation Fund (CIF) aimed to build resilience in agricultural producers and rural communities, and ensure their long-term economic growth within sustainable environmental limits by reducing the risks they face from water shortages caused by climate change.
The CIF provided grants to assist:
Financial support was available for up to 50 percent of the cash costs of the projects for up to four years for community schemes and threee years for water strategies.
A community scheme is one that is initiated, developed and used by multiple members of a rural community, primarily for irrigation.
The CIF welcomed applications from:
Applicants had to be New Zealand-registered legal entities.
Grants could be used to cover the design of new community water storage of irrigation scheme development or for upgrading existing irrigation scheme. The grants could be used for:
Grants could be used for activities that broadly aimed to generate investor and/or community support for community water storage and/or irrigation schemes. Activities included:
Grants could be used for activities that contributed to the development of a water strategy for an area. Activities included:
A total of $5.7 million (excluding GST) in grants is available, spread over eight years (2008/09 to 2015/2016). Successful community scheme applicants will receive funding for up to 50 percent of the cash costs of generating investor and/or community support, for a maximum of four years. Successful local government applicants will receive funding for up to 50 percent of the costs of developing a water strategy, for a maximum of three years. In exceptional cases, if funds allow and with the permission of MAF's Deputy Director General (Policy), funding may be granted for a longer period.