Apply for the Government Waihōpai / Invercargill Decarbonisation Contestable Fund

Information on the application process for the Contestable Fund, including key dates and documents

Key dates

  • Fund open for applications: Monday 21 February 2022
  • Deadline for proposals: 5.00pm Friday 20 May 2022
  • Applicants notified of outcome: From mid-June 2022
  • Public announcement of results: From July 2022

A full explanation of the process and key dates is outlined in the Request for Proposal document link below.

How to apply

The online RFP Response Form must be used for submitting your Proposal.

You will receive an email confirming your submission has been received.

If you have any questions, please contact the Contestable Fund point of contact Lee Atkinson. Email

Key documents

Request for proposal document (pdf)

Request for proposal response form (pdf)

Proposed project funding agreement (pdf)

How much can I apply for?

Applications should reflect the amount of co-funding necessary to get your sustainable, decarbonisation project across the line or brought forward significantly.

Your project will need to have a total capital cost of at least $50,000. 

Who can apply?

The Contestable Fund is open to all New Zealand-based and NZBN registered private sector businesses (defined as 51% New Zealand-owned), that use fossil fuels as the source of energy for their commercial space and water heating systems.

Your organisation must be committed to a carbon reduction pathway and have, or be in the process of establishing, a plan to deliver on it.

What is the application process?

Applicants submit a proposal in response to the published RFP by the closing date (29 April 2022, 5:00pm).

As Evaluation Panel comprised of representatives from Great South, EECA and industry and technical experts evaluate eligible proposals against the defined criteria and will determine who receives co-funding.

Based on recommendations from the Evaluation Panel, Great South may negotiate aspects of the project with the Applicant.

All eligible Applicants will be notified of their success or otherwise on completion of the approval process. Great South and the successful Applicants will execute Project Funding Agreements for the delivery of the projects.

When would I receive the co-funding?

Great South works with successful applicants to establish contracts and share results. Co-funding is paid out when projects reach agreed milestones and agreed reports and supporting information are provided which are detailed in the Project Funding Agreement.

About the Contestable Fund

Learn more about the $3.77m Contestable Fund and how it is supporting commercial decarbonisation initiatives and economic growth for Invercargill

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