Media release

ORC’s ECO Fund open for applications

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) ECO Fund is open for funding applications from 1-20 January. The ECO Fund supports community-driven projects that support or enhance Otago’s environment.

$83,000 is available in this round, from an annual fund of $250,000. In the ECO Fund’s first round earlier this year, ORC was able to fund 10 projects around Otago, designed to enhance and protect Otago’s unique environment.

The ECO Fund’s point of difference is that it supports not only ground work, but also administrative support. This came about after strong feedback from the community that there was an abundance of funds that support capital expenditure but few that offer funding for administration/coordination, or work on strategies/planning.

There is already some great environmental work being undertaken by the Otago community and ORC is excited to see how this fund will empower communities and individuals to tackle environmental issues further.

For more information on the fund and how to apply see the ORC website at



For further information please contact:
Lisa Gloag
Manager Community Engagement
027 202 5410

For Communications contact:
Emma Schranz
Senior Media Advisor