Key dates and how to apply to the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund

This page provides information on how to apply to the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund. It includes links to the guide, application form, and reporting templates for applicants.

For information about the fund and who is eligible to apply see the About the Environmental Legal Assistance Fund web page.

Key dates

Closing dates and advisory panel meeting dates for funding rounds in the 2018/19 financial year.

Funding Round opens

Closing date for applications

Advisory panel meeting dates

1 July 2018

13 July 2018

9 August 2018

16 July 2018

7 September 2018

12 October 2018

10 September 2018

26 October 2018

23 November 2018

29 October 2018

25 January 2019

22 February 2019

28 January 2019

22 March 2019

26 April 2019

25 March 2019

3 May 2019

31 May 2019


Guide, application form, and reporting templates for applicants

Information guide

Before applying for funding you will need to read the guide for applicants. It will help you determine whether your group is eligible for funding and help you answer the questions in application form.

Application form

Applications must be made using this application form updated in June 2017.

Deed of funding template

Successful applicants enter into a deed of funding with the Ministry to pay the costs (up to specified amounts) for the specified legal counsel and expert witnesses. The deed of funding is prepared by the Ministry using the template below.

Confirmation of work undertaken form

All invoices sent to the Ministry for payment must be accompanied by the ‘Confirmation of work undertaken form’.

Update on proceedings reporting form

An ‘Update on proceedings reporting form’ must be completed and sent to the Ministry by 1 June each year until a decision has been made or settlement reached.

Final report form

The 'Final report form' must be completed and returned to the Ministry within four weeks of receiving the final decision of the Environment Court or board of inquiry.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the fund, or queries about whether the resource management proceedings you are participating in may be eligible for funding, please contact us. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with us at an early stage.

Freephone: 0800 499 700
Phone: +64 4 439 7400
Fax: +64 4 439 7700

Street address

The ELA Fund
Ministry for the Environment
Environment House
23 Kate Sheppard Place,
New Zealand

Postal address

The ELA Fund
Ministry for the Environment
PO Box 10362
Wellington 6143
New Zealand