Hill Country Erosion Programme
The Hill Country Erosion Programme (HCE) is a partnership between MPI, regional councils, and landowners to plan for and treat erosion-prone land and to make sure it's managed sustainably. Find out about the programme and how to apply.
2018 HCE funding expanded
The Hill Country Erosion Programme (HCE) usually runs a funding round once every 4 years.
In 2018, due to an increase in funding the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will run:
- 2 separate funding rounds
- adding alpine and coastal erosion areas to fund eligibility
- removing the 5 hectare limit on land that can be treated.
The HCE Programme supports proposals where the main treatment is tree planting, including appropriate species for natural vegetative cover.
Contestable funding rounds in 2018
HCE Boost – a one-off opportunity to access funds for projects to be completed by end of June 2019.
- Applications opened 1 June 2018
- Applications closed at 5pm on 15 June 2018
- Funds available: $1.8 million
- HCE Boost 2018 – media release
HCE Standard – the 4-yearly funding round.
- Applications open 1 October 2018
- Applications close at 5pm on 26 October 2018
- Funds available: $34 million over 4 years.
About the HCE Programme
The HCE Programme is a partnership between MPI, regional councils, and landowners that aims to:
- plan for and treat erosion-prone land
- put sustainable management practices in place.
The HCE Programme uses a total catchment management approach to reduce erosion. This requires all landowners and community members to get involved in identifying issues and creating solutions in their catchments. Reducing erosion in the upper areas of a catchment costs less than the cost of flooding and flood-control structures in the lower areas.
Who can apply
The HCE Programme is open to all regional councils and unitary authorities. For landowners, we recommend you make contact with your council's land manager to work directly with them.
Apply for funding
Step 1: Check your project is eligible
To be eligible, your project must demonstrate:
- section 1 or section 2, and
- both section 3 and section 4.
Your project involves a significant problem beyond the scope of the regional council because it:
- has significant national effects (positive or negative), or
- requires solutions at multi-regional scale, or
- affects an area of national significance (people outside the region place a significant value or receive significant benefit from the resource).
The problem may currently (or in the near future) be beyond the capacity of local government because:
- the sheer scale of the problem, when considered on a total catchment basis, exceeds the resources of the council
- the region lacks the income from its rating base, or other assets, or cannot prioritise resources to address the problem and carry out its other functions
- the problem is longstanding and was inherited by the regional council when it was established and is, therefore, at a disadvantage compared with other regions.
- The problem must be quantified in environmental and economic terms. The costs and benefits of the proposal need to be clearly described to enable a balanced judgement of whether the proposal is rational to fund from an economic perspective.
- The proposed solution is consistent with achieving Government's desired Sustainable Land Management outcomes.
Step 2: Check your project against the assessment criteria
We assess applications using the following criteria. For a better chance of success, consider each criterion and what you need to do before you prepare your application.
|Criterion||What you need to do|
|Significance of the problem or opportunity||
We'll take into account links to strategic plans or policy objectives (if applicable).
|Contribution to the One Billion Tree initiative||Clearly demonstrate how many trees will be planted as a result of MPI investment.|
|Contribution to environmental sustainability||Demonstrate how the project will contribute to environmental sustainability for the region.|
|Contribution to economic and social sustainability||Demonstrate how the project will contribute to economic and social sustainability for the region.|
|Ability to deliver||Provide details of project management, financial management, technical skills, and a sound methodology.|
|Value for money||Demonstrate a good return on investment.
We'll consider the:
MPI must be satisfied that the level of residual risk is acceptable and that the funding asked for is appropriate for this level of risk.
|Adoption and extension planning||Show that project work can be shared through appropriate networks.|
Step 3: Prepare your application
Contact MPI to ask for an application form, and to discuss your proposal and the application process.
- email email@example.com
Complete the application form
The application form includes guidance. When completing your application, make sure you include all required information, including:
- project overview
- project details
- funding and milestones (including copies of letters or emails from proposed co-funders showing funding status)
- project budget
- completed declaration.
Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post to:
Ministry for Primary Industries
Hill Country Erosion Programme
PO Box 2526
What happens next
Once we've received your application we will assess it for eligibility and against the assessment criteria.
MPI will contact you to let you know how your application is progressing.
Poplars and willows for erosion control
Poplars and willows are used extensively under the Hill Country Erosion Programme. They're hardy, fast-growing trees that are suited to reducing erosion and providing stream bank protection due to their extensive and deep root network.
- provide animal welfare benefits through the provision of shade, shelter, and fodder in drought and flood situations
- filter and uptake nutrients, particularly nitrogen from groundwater
- qualify (at appropriate planting densities) for carbon credits through the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Find out more
- Hill Country Erosion Horizons case study [PDF, 243 KB]
- Previously funded HCE programmes
- Hill Country Erosion information sheet [PDF, 569 KB]
- One Billion Trees programme
Who to contact
If you have questions about the Hill Country Erosion Programme:
- call 0800 00 83 33
- email email@example.com
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