MAF grants $0.39M for community irrigation and water storage

25 August 2008

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced seven successful grant recipients under its first funding round of the Community Irrigation Fund (CIF) which provides support to promoters of community irrigation and water storage schemes.

Approximately $390,000 (incl. GST) funding up to 2011/2012 has been allocated for six projects in the South Island and one project in the North Island. This includes $250,000 (incl. GST) for the 2008/2009 period.

The successful grant recipients include Barrhill Chertsey Stage One (Mid Canterbury), Strath Taieri Irrigation Scheme (Central Otago), Dairy Creek Irrigation Scheme (Central Otago), Mount Ida Dam (Central Otago), Hurunui Community Water Development Project (North Canterbury), Tarras Community Water Scheme (Central Otago), and Wairarapa Regional Irrigation Scheme (Wairarapa).

“Water is a vital resource. With increasing demands and the likely impacts of climate change, helping rural communities adapt to climate change is becoming increasingly important. Raising investor and community support for schemes can be an expensive exercise and this fund aims to help promoters overcome the high costs of raising support for their schemes,” says MAF’s Director General, Murray Sherwin.

“I congratulate the recipients on their initiatives towards community irrigation and water storage which delivers towards an important national priority. Land-based sectors and communities also play a key role in this priority and I encourage them to consider the benefits of such schemes in their regions.

“The availability of these funds is in recognition of the importance of community irrigation and water storage projects to rural communities. The funds are available to be put to good use and we encourage potential recipients to apply under the next round. It is important applicants also understand the criteria to qualify and we will be raising further awareness on the fund and criteria over the next few months,” Sherwin said.

The criteria used to assess the applications are based on potential impacts of the activities funded, potential impacts of the completed scheme, the ability of the team to deliver on activities and the overall value for money.

The CIF was established in 2007 and is a contestable fund of $6.4 million (GST incl.) ($5.7 million GST excl.) spread over an eight year period. It is part of Government’s wider sustainability and climate change initiatives. The grant funds up to half of the cash costs of appropriate activities.

Applications for the next funding will close in February 2009.


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