The University of Canterbury Climate Impact Fund

A fund for the future.

The primary goal of the Climate Impact Fund is to support and enable innovative and creative action to minimise causes and mitigate the impacts of climate change on people and the environment in Waitaha | Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Pacific.

This fund embraces the importance of working with and within communities to achieve meaningful, sustained positive impact in the near term. Supported projects are expected to acknowledge and engage with mana whenua, tangata whenua o Aotearoa, Pacific peoples, and other representatives of community interests.

The fund is intended to be available to a wide range of projects including but not limited to:

  • Awareness and education
  • Technology deployment
  • Community adaptation
  • Arts and culture initiatives
  • New venture creation

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Criteria for support

This fund is intended to support seed funding for projects, stimulate contributions from others and promote initiatives at UC or in collaboration with UC. The fund may consider support for projects that:

  • are new, innovative, niche and aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • have the potential to act as a ‘proof of concept for scaling’ (national/global impact).
  • generate opportunities to engage with UC students such as industry engaged projects, data sources for research, work-integrated learning and employment opportunities.

Nature of Support

The Climate Impact Fund will be able to provide support in a broad range of ways such as:

  • Grants
  • Stipends
  • Scholarships
  • Introductions to partners
  • Support for publications
  • Research
  • Equipment


“I have confidence that with urgency, empathy, science, humility and passion we will make the world more sustainable and more inclusive. Much is being done but much more needs to be done, and done today, because tomorrow may be too late.”

Dr Rod Carr
Climate Change Commissioner & Climate Impact Fund Supporter