Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund
A $5 million support fund is available to quake-affected farmers in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough. Find out how you can apply to access the fund.
Funding for community group projects or advisory services
The November 2016 earthquake caused significant erosion and damage to land in Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough.
Farmers, growers and foresters are now faced with the challenge of deciding what to do with their land. The Primary Industries Earthquake Recovery Fund is designed to help with those decisions.
The earthquake recovery fund is divided into two options to give farmers, growers and foresters the right support depending on their needs.
This fund will support projects that investigate long-term land use options, and will also fund professional advisory services for future land use planning.
- Option 1 – Project funding for community groups
- Option 2 – Advisory services funding for land owners and land managers
- Download a brochure about the fund [PDF, 2.7 MB]
MPI has project advisers based in Christchurch and Wellington.
Project advisers can:
- provide feedback on your ideas
- advise you of other relevant projects
- provide advice about where to access specific technical skills.
To contact a project adviser email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 00 83 33.
This funding is available for projects that tackle a shared problem or develop a new opportunity in relation to land use. All projects must be for the benefit of a community group, not just an individual.
These projects can be led by rural landowners, managers, sector or council bodies with the support of industry organisations, agribusinesses, researchers and consultants.
Categories and topics for community group projects
Your project could fit within, but is not limited to, any of these project categories or topics.
Suggested project categories
|Sustainable land management||Indigenous and exotic forestry||Soil management|
|Novel production systems||Beekeeping||Floriculture|
|Human capability development||Aquaculture||Organic systems|
|Dairy, sheep or beef farming||Niche crops||Māori agribusiness|
|Horticulture or arable systems||Cross-sectoral issues||Viticulture|
|Deer, goats or ostrich farming||Irrigation efficiency||Climate change|
Suggested project topics
|Applied research and development||Field trials|
|Demonstration projects||Geotechnical work|
|Information, knowledge and technology transfer extension||Catchment studies or sustainable land management|
|Identifying barriers to, and options for, improved land use and management||Mitigation, adaptation and business opportunities around climate change|
|Improving decision support||Scoping projects|
Project requirements and guidelines for assessment
Find out if your project meets the requirements, and how we will assess the applications.
- All projects must be related to the Kaikōura, Hurunui, Marlborough areas affected by the November 2016 earthquake and demonstrate how the project will assist at a grassroots level.
- All projects require a minimum of 20% non-governmental contribution towards the total project expenditure. Successful projects are likely to have a higher proportion of cash and in-kind co-funding contributions.
- Projects can run for up to 3 years and are expected to be complete by 30 June 2020.
- Successful applicants must contract through a legal entity.
- Applicants can apply for up to $200,000 (GST exclusive) per annum for a maximum of 3 years.
- The maximum funding available is $600,000 (GST exclusive).
- The applicant must be able to demonstrate their capabilities in delivering the project and be able to provide tangible outcomes.
- All parts of the application must be completed fully.
Contribution to sustainability
How will the project contribute to economic, environmental and social sustainability?
Significance of problem or opportunity
What is the significance of the problem or opportunity for the community of interest submitting the application?
Community of interest commitment
Is the project led by the community of interest and supported by appropriate levels of cash and in-kind contributions? A minimum of 20% non-governmental contribution (cash or in-kind) towards the total project costs is required.
Ability to deliver
What are the technical and project management skills and capabilities that will be used in the project?
Adoption and extension
How will the proposed project make a difference and to whom?
Is the risk involved in the project manageable?
Value for money
What is the overall value for money of the project based on the costs and the potential benefits that the project might deliver.
Relation to the 2016 Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough Regions
The project must demonstrate how it will assist farmers, growers or foresters in the earthquake affected areas at a grass roots level.
Apply for Option 1 – Project funding for community groups
The funding round has now closed.
|Funding round opens||10 May 2017|
|Funding round closes||23 June 2017|
|Applications assessed||July 2017|
|Results announced||31 July 2017|
|Projects contracted||1 September 2017|
This funding is available for individual land owners and land managers to access advisory services to help with long-term land use planning and technical advice.
Eligible advisory services
The advisory service funding will support farmers, growers and foresters to make informed decisions about:
- farm infrastructure and business continuity
- land management
- future use of land
- whole farm systems management.
This funding is open for landowners and land managers in the following industries: dairy, sheep, beef, deer, arable, horticulture, forestry, farm forestry, pigs, poultry, viticulture and land-based aquaculture.
Requirements for applicants
Land owners and land managers who have property within the Hurunui, Kaikōura and Marlborough boundaries that was affected by the November 2016 earthquake, can access funding for professional advisory services up to the value of $5,000 per property.
Accessing funds under Option 2 – Advisory services
From early August 2017, land owners and land managers who have property within the affected regions can approach an approved MPI supplier and access professional advisory services to assist with earthquake recovery.
MPI are currently in the process of procuring suitable advisers for delivery of these services to land owners and land managers. A list of approved suppliers will be made available from late July 2017.
How do I access the funding from August 2017?
No forms or applications need to be submitted to MPI. Land owners or land managers should approach approved suppliers directly and discuss the advisory services they require. MPI will liaise with approved suppliers and pay them directly when the requested work is completed. Land owners and land managers will be asked by their approved adviser to confirm they have received MPI advisory services and detail the work that was completed. The adviser will need this as proof of services rendered.
If you have any questions or require any assistance before August, you can email email@example.com
Apply to become an approved supplier of professional advisory services
The main expressions of interest process closed on 9 June 2017. However, if you wish to be considered as an approved supplier to MPI as part of the earthquake recovery funding, complete the application form below.
Email your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete an application to become an approved supplier of advisory services.
Read the guidelines to assist with your application and view the modela greement.
- Approved providers for primary industry advisory services application guidelines [PDF, 241 KB]
- Model agreement for advisory services for funding [DOC, 343 KB]
Email your completed application form to email@example.com