Community Environment Fund application and funding process

This page outlines the standard application and funding process of the Community Environment Fund.

CEF standard application and funding process

Stage 1

1. Complete and submit the application forms (part 1 and part 2)

  • Applicants must complete the CEF application form for the funding round and submit it by email to by the due date. 
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed. 

2. Application assessment

An assessment panel reviews all eligible, complete applications and makes funding recommendations. 

All applications are assessed against:

The assessment panel makes recommendations for funding. The Minister for the Environment then decides which projects are invited to proceed to Stage 2 of the funding process. An invitation to Stage 2 is not an approval for funding. 

The invitation to proceed to Stage 2 will stipulate the maximum amount of funding provisionally awarded to the project. This amount might be less than the amount of funding requested. When this happens, the scope and scale of the project may need amending during Stage 2 of the funding process.

Stage 2

1. Finalise project details

Applicants who reach Stage 2 are allocated a funds analyst from the Ministry to support them through Stage 2 of the funding process.  Stage 2 involves finalising the details of the project for incorporation into a Deed of Funding. The Ministry will undertake independent third party due diligence and reference checks on the applicants invited to Stage 2 and their projects at the same time the deeds and funding are being prepared. Applicants have around three months to complete Stage 2 of the funding process. 

2. Sign Funding Deed

Successful applicants are required to sign a Deed of Funding with the Ministry. Proof of legal entity status will be required before the Deed of Funding is signed.

The Deed of Funding describes the obligations and rights of the contracting parties and includes the following details:

  • contracting parties
  • contract term (maximum of three years)
  • project description
  • funding conditions
  • activities and deliverables
  • intellectual property
  • liability
  • payment conditions.

Deed of Funding [DOC, 228 KB]

Deed of Funding [PDF, 397 KB]

3. Start project

Fund recipients begin work on their projects and report to the Ministry on project progress as stipulated in the Deed of Funding. 

The Ministry monitors and assesses each project against the stated performance measures and conditions within the Deed of Funding. Progress payments will be made in arrears once agreed deliverables have been submitted to the Ministry and have been assessed as complete and satisfactory.

Find out more

If you have questions about the fund, or would like to be added to our email update list, please contact the Community Environment Fund team.