Environmental Fund

Discover what the O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund could do for your school

O-I regrets to inform schools interested in applying to our Environmental Fund, that the 2020 allocation has been cancelled.

We apologise sincerely for any disappointment this may cause.

Each year we make available a fund to encourage schools to implement sustainability projects. Since 1983, we’ve provided more than $760,000 in study grants to over 400 schools. Find out how your school can apply for a share of the $25,000 fund.

Choose a project suited to your school’s local environment

Past entries have included studies on marine environments; the impact of farming, industry and recreation; alternative energies; pests and noxious weeds; and the creation of native bush corridors for birds and animals.

The O-I NZ Environmental Fund encourages students to look in their own backyards to discover ways they can minimise environmental impact and work with the local community to coordinate initiatives that will benefit their school and society.

Encouraging environmental education

The fund encourages schools to implement sustainability projects that help to develop students’ skills in identifying, investigating and finding solutions to environmental issues.  Each year the fund allocates around $25,000 in school grants, which are designed to support these initiatives.

Who can apply

Kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools. 
The fund allocates between $250 and $10,000 to school projects.

Example application

Wairakei Primary School has kindly allowed us to post their 2014 application to the O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund (The Fund), as an example of a very detailed and complete exemplar. 
The Fund committee does not expect that every application should be as fulsome, but it is important to note that at the end of reviewing this application, the committee did not have one question unanswered.

Please read the criteria carefully and ensure you have included ALL of the information requested.

Download application exemplar

Take a look at some of the Environmental Fund Case Studies

Discover Case Studies

Stage 1: expression of interest

If your school is interested in submitting an environmental project to the O-I NZ Environmental Fund, please download and submit the following form. It also provides more information about the fund and project guidelines.

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 31 March. Remember to indicate which category of funding you wish to enter.

Download criteria

Download Expression of interest

Stage 2: application for funding

If you are invited to make a full application, you will go to stage 2. If you are invited to make a full application please download the relevant application for funding form and complete and return it to us by 31 May.

For project funding of $3,000 to $10,000:

Download category A application

For project funding of $250 to $2,000:

Download category B application

The deadline for expressions of interest is 31 March and full applications are due 31 May