Food Scraps Grant

A grant to educate our communities

This grant is to help more people educate those around them – friends, whānau and community alike – about the new rukenga kai (food scraps) collection service.

Do you have love what rukenga kai is all about, have community connections or a talent for networking? 

Then consider booking a fully funded EcoMatters trained advisor to come along to your next community gathering or food scraps dedicated event. There are four package options to choose from.

Or design your own event or hui and apply for up to $500 from the grant to help fund your time and mahi.

*When applying, please allow at least two weeks for us to process your application and assign an advisor to visit you*

Grant options

FREESTYLEVariableSmall event or workshop such as a street get-together, church or cultural group meetingup to $500
A30 mins at any locationIncluded as part of your event or meeting$140
B1 hour at any locationA dedicated workshop including advice on composting and food waste. $200
C1-2 hours. Ideal for libraries, community events or markets.A short pop-up event or stall/stand, including advice on composting and food waste. $250
D3-4 hours. Ideal for libraries and community, halls markets.An extended pop-up event or stall/stand, including advice on composting and food waste. $320
market stall demo

Important to know

If you are applying for a grant to support your own event, this can be any sort of event that brings neighbours together, such as a street bbq, shared morning tea, coffee group or other get together. Your event must include discussion about the food scraps collection service. Grants can also help with the costs of a translator.

Payment will be made after the event is held, once the grant applicant has completed a short evaluation about the activity, how many people were involved and what the money was spent on. Feedback and photos from the participants is also requested. Events should follow zero waste principles, be smoke-free and grant money cannot be used for alcohol.

If you are applying for one of the set packages (A-D), where a trained advisor visits your group or venue the full grant amount available for each package will be paid directly to the trained advisor, to cover their time and costs to attend and present. Any other costs for your group event or venue will need to be covered by you.


EcoMatters is partnering with Auckland Council to support the roll out the new rukenga kai (food scraps) collection service across 2023. 

In March and April, communities in West Auckland will start to get information about the kerbside bins and kitchen caddies coming their way. Other areas of Tamaki Mākaurau will follow. 

a council initiative

Auckland Council wants to divert thousands of tonnes of rukenga kai away from landfill and into something good every year.

Find out more from council right here.

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