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Grants for Repair Cafes and Other Repair Activities

Grants to encourage a culture of repair and reuse.

Repair cafes have an important role to play in supporting a culture of reduce and reuse.  It’s also an opportunity for volunteers to share their knowledge and teach people new skills to repair everyday items rather than throw them away.  The repair café movement is a global phenomenon and provides a range of benefits to our community, which is why Nelson City Council is providing a grants programme to support local growth for projects to be delivered in 2022.

Other activities to support repair will be considered, such as developing directories of where items can be repaired, tool libraries, etc.

Up to $10,000 is available for these projects, with a minimum grant size of $1000.

We also wish to see evidence of mātauranga Māori (the Maori worldview) being considered where applicable.

Grant applications are open from 16 October to 30 November 2021 for projects to be delivered in 2022.

Applicants applying for grants over $5000 are required to discuss their project before applying with an Environmental Programmes Advisor – please email

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of officers with specialist experience, and applicants will be invited to speak to their applications if they wish.

Please read the Rethink Waste waste applicant guidelines before applying. (209KB PDF)

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