Erosion Control Funding Programme
MPI provides funding through the Erosion Control Funding Programme (ECFP) to Gisborne district landholders and community groups to help reduce wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
Gisborne district prone to severe erosion
The Gisborne district has a severe erosion problem – 26% of Gisborne district's land is susceptible to severe erosion, compared with only 8% of the rest of New Zealand.
Severe erosion causes long-term damage to the productivity of rural land. It threatens communities and rural businesses, including farms and orchards, roads and bridges. It lowers water quality by contributing large amounts of sediment to river systems, and it harms the natural and cultural values of the land and the coastal environment. This results in a negative economic impact to the district's hill country farms, infrastructure, and high-quality land that is on floodplains. Severe erosion includes large-scale gully erosion, earthflow erosion and deep-seated slumps.
The Gisborne district is susceptible to regular high-intensity weather events that cause soil erosion and downstream flooding. These weather events are likely to be more extreme and potentially more frequent.
The ECFP was established in 1992 because the Government considered it important to address the wide-scale erosion problems in the Gisborne district.
MPI has funding available under ECFP for community projects only.
If you are unsure if your project is eligible for community funding, or would like more information contact us:
- email email@example.com
- phone 0800 00 83 33 and ask for the Erosion Control Funding Programme team.
The 2018 ECFP land treatment funding round was successful with $7.6 million being approved across 64 grants. Because of this, the fund has almost been fully committed. Only $2.12 million in funding remains available at the end of November 2018. This amount will now be solely allocated to the ECFP Community Projects Programme. There will be no further ECFP land treatment funding rounds in its previous form under the ECFP.
However, funding applications that would previously have sought ECFP land treatments funding can consider applying for funding under the One Billion Trees Programme.
Claim your ECFP land treatment grant
For those who have an existing ECFP land treatment grant, up to 50% of the grant value can be paid on signing your grant agreement, before planting or fencing is complete.
To make a claim for payment, complete an ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice.
- ECFP claim for payment form/tax invoice [PDF, 230 KB]
You can submit your claim by email or post to the address listed on the form.
Who to contact for help
If you have an existing ECFP land treatment grant and would like some help please contact the Gisborne District Council by phoning 06 867 2049, or phone MPI on 0800 00 83 33 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ECFP community projects address issues or opportunities that will improve erosion outcomes for the Gisborne region. These may involve any part of the erosion and forestry value chain, including:
- understanding erosion in the Gisborne region
- supply of seedlings and materials
- skills and labour
- governance for erodible land blocks
- optimal land use of erodible land
- trials of new or alternative erosion treatments
- riparian and other river treatments for erosion control outcomes
- post-harvest options on erodible land.
Funding is available to help community groups, iwi, local organisations, and businesses with innovative ideas to help reduce erosion in the Gisborne region.
Community projects may involve a community, or be on a regional scale. These projects may also have other environmental, social, and economic benefits for the region.
Find out more and apply
Applications for community projects will be accepted year-round. To apply for an ECFP community project grant, complete the application form.
- A guide to Erosion Control Funding Programme (East Coast) Community Projects [PDF, 3.4 MB]
- ECFP Community Projects application form [DOCX, 128 KB]
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