Here is more detail on what the Whakahiko Ōtaki–Energise Ōtaki Fund committee is looking for in a project. This is not a prescriptive list but may be useful in sparking ideas.
Funded projects will help Ōtaki thrive: by supporting our people; reducing our climate emissions and energy consumption; turning ‘waste’ into energy; sparking energy-related action and awareness — any and all of these. We are looking for a range; from creative to technical projects and beyond.
Energy. Energy produced and used, embedded energy, wasted energy (e.g. food waste).
We are looking for
- innovative projects that develop the town’s and community’s structural capacity to produce clean renewable energy for local use — e.g. wind farms, waste to energy projects;
- energy initiatives that target climate action and wider environmental issues. Can include sequestration;
- projects which address energy poverty in Ōtaki and its impact on health and wellbeing;
- projects which help Ōtaki families, households and businesses reduce their energy costs;
- education and learning projects which also promote innovative employment pathways for young people in the wider energy space;
- transitional projects — e.g. to a low carbon future;
- practical outcomes and outputs;
- benefits to the Ōtaki community in some form.
The How… projects that
- respect and support Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki priorities and goals and
- involve solutions that do not create further problems and
- are not for private/ individual benefit, unless this advances wider thinking and innovation and
- work at community and local scale
…which may or may not
- be creative and innovative (in the form of technology, film, music, digital content, events etc.);
- be fun and communicate wider opportunities and issues around a sustainable energy future;
- build on, support and help grow community partnerships and initiatives;
- might keep rolling for more than one funding round (this is not a prerequisite).