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National funding

Air NZ Environmental Trust

Description:
The Air New Zealand Environment Trust (ANZET) will consider funding projects which have a direct impact on the restoration of the New Zealand environment. This can cover a wide range of activities from directly restoring or regenerating land or waterways.

Target audience/projects:
Your project should:

  • Protect and enhance New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity
  • Protect an ecosystem
  • Fit well with the Trust's existing projects
  • Engage New Zealanders
  • Allow public access
  • Provide benefit to the community/public (cost benefit)
  • Show a track record of environmental activity
  • Enhance New Zealand tourism
  • If a research project, does it meet the research priority of non-fossil fuels, reduced impact of exotic pest species, restore native habitat or reduce impact of tourism.
  • Be able to feature the Trust as a main sponsor or signatory sponsor

Contact info:
Air NZ Environmental Trust website

ANZ NZ Staff Foundation

Description:
The ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation is a charitable trust, through which ANZ staff in New Zealand support organisations and projects that make a difference in their communities.
There are two funding rounds each year. The deadlines for applications are February and August.

Key Criteria:
The Foundation supports charitable organisations to assist communities to conserve New Zealand's natural and historic resources (among other purposes). must be a charity registered by the Charities Commission.

Target audience/projects:
groups & charitable organisations

Contact info:
09 252 6563
[email protected]
Visit your nearest ANZ branch
ANZ NZ Staff Foundation website

Community Conservation Partnerships Fund

Description:
The fund is directed at:

Practical, on-the-ground projects which

  • Maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage
  • Enable more people to participate and enjoy recreation in our natural environment
  • Encourage more people to get involved and value the benefits of conservation
  • Projects that have a transformational impact on conservation growth in New Zealand

Next funding round is scheduled to open in 2017.

Target audience/projects:

  • Private land owners and managers
  • Community based organisations
  • Local, regional and national groups
  • Whanau, hapu, and iwi

Contact info:
Community Conservation Partnerships Fund webpage

Community Environment Fund

Description:
The Community Environment Fund (CEF) provides funding so New Zealanders are empowered to take environmental action. It also ensures partnerships (relating to practical environmental initiatives) between interested parties are supported and strengthened, community-based advice and educational opportunities are increased, and awareness on environmental legislation and issues is heightened.

Key Criteria:

  • Projects should be for a discrete timeframe of up to three years. After this the project objectives will have been achieved. Or if the funding is for the establishment phase of a longer-term project, need to demonstrate how the project will continue after funding ends and become self sustaining. Preference will be given to projects that collectively give the largest net benefit over time.
  • The applicant must be a legal entity.
  • The Community Environment Fund is particularly focused on supporting community initiatives that contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improve freshwater management, coastal management, improved air quality, protecting biodiversity, and some waste management initiatives.

Target audience/projects:
Community groups,  schools

Contact info:
Community Environment Fund webpage

Funding limits:
up to $10,000 pa for maximum 3 years

Enhancement Access Fund

Description:
The New Zealand Walking Access Commission administers a contestable fund to support projects aimed at enhancing access to New Zealand's great outdoors. This fund is known as the Enhanced Access Fund. Projects focusing on walking access and accessibility

Target audience/projects:
Community Groups - Access Projects

Contact info:
Enhancement Access Fund webpage

Fonterra Grassroots Fund

Description:
We support projects that are in line with our values of quality, safety, wellbeing, the environment, and fostering community spirit. Awards are granted for between NZ$500 and NZ$5000 and applications are considered twice a year.

Target audience/projects:
Community groups

Contact info:
Fonterra Grassroots Fund webpage

Foundation North

Description:
In the Places funding area we aim to fund projects that conserve, preserve and develop our region's natural and physical environment, and cultural heritage.

Target audience/projects:
To be considered for funding an organisation must be:

  • An incorporated society, or a charitable trust that has been registered for at least 12 months
  • Controlled by an organisation operating under an adopted constitution and rules
  • Within the Auckland and Northland region

Contact info:
[email protected]
Foundation North funding webpage

Guardians of the Sea Charitable Trust

Description:
To promote, provide and ensure the sustainable use, accessibility and availability of Aotearoa/ New Zealand’s fisheries and marine environment for the benefit of the public of New Zealand.   Grant applications are considered by the Trustees quarterly.

Target audience/projects:
Community group - marine/coastal projects

Contact info:
Guardians of the Sea Charitable Trust Grants webpage

James Sharon Watson Conservation Trust

Description:
The conservation of plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand,  The advancement of knowledge in these matters by way of research, literary contribution, essay or articles, or other effort,  General education of the public to give them an understanding and love of the world in which they live.

Target audience/projects:
Applications are invited from individuals or conservation groups

Funding limits:
$4,000 max

Contact info:
James Sharon Watson Conservation Trust webpage

Kiwis for kiwi

Description:
All community-based kiwi conservation groups, universities and recognised research facilities can apply for funding from The Kiwi Trust, as long as they meet our terms and conditions

Target audience/projects:
Must be registered charity and or designated group

Contact info:
Kiwis for kiwi funding grants webpage

Lion Foundation

Description:
Funds are available for any charitable, philanthropic or cultural purpose that benefits the local community - both large and small

Target audience/projects:
General Community

Contact info:
Lion Foundation apply for funding webpage

Lottery Environment and Heritage grants

Description:
Lottery Environment and Heritage grants are available for projects that will help protect, conserve or care for our natural, cultural and physical heritage, or allow us to better understand and access these resources.

Contact info:
Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee webpage

Matauranga Kura Taiao Fund

Description:
The Mātauranga Kura Taiao is a contestable fund supporting hapū/iwi initiatives to retain and promote traditional Māori knowledge and its use in biodiversity management.

Key Criteria:
Organisations representative of hapū and iwi can apply for this funding. Projects must relate to biodiversity management in your rohe. Projects must contribute to the objectives of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy that relate to Māori and mātauranga Māori. Projects aligned with the governments “National priorities for protecting rare and threatened native biodiversity on private lands” will be given priority. Preference will be given to projects on land owned by Māori and already protected by NWR kawenata. Projects must relate to the revival, use or retention of traditional knowledge and practices in the management of biodiversity or natural resources.

Target audience/projects:
Hapu & iwi

Contact info:
The Kaitakawaenga,
Phone: 0800 112 771,
Email: [email protected]
Matauranga Kura Taiao Fund webpage

MYD Youth Fund

Description:
The Youth Fund encourages young people to apply for small grants of between $2,000 - $7,000 for Youth Development projects for and by young people aged 12-24 years. Projects need to:

  • Develop young people’s skills and knowledge in decision-making and leadership
  • Involve young people in decision-making and taking leadership responsibility
  • Respond to a need in the community identified by young people
  • Support young people to be engaged in and contribute to their community
  • Benefit young people aged 12 to 24 years old

Target audience/projects:Project initiated by, and for Youth (17-24)

Contact info:
MYD Youth Fund Website

Nature Heritage Fund

Description:
The Nature Heritage Fund protects ecosystems that represent the full range of natural diversity originally present in the New Zealand landscape by providing incentives for voluntary conservation on private land. The fund helps meet the cost of protecting areas of high ecological value on private land. It provides contestable finance for projects that protect ecosystems either by direct purchase, or covenant.

Key Criteria:
Proposals must be in accord with the objective and aims of the Nature Heritage Fund, see Information for Applicants: Nature Heritage Fund (255 KB,.pdf)

Target audience/projects:
Private landowners, local and regional government bodies, and local authority trading enterprises, professional and community-based organisations local, regional, and national “umbrella” organisations, and non-government organisations (NGOs), central government departments and agencies

Contact info:
Nature Heritage Fund webpage
The Executive Officer
Nature Heritage Fund
PO Box 10-420
Wellington
Tel: +64 4 471 0726 or Fax +64 4 471-3018
Email: [email protected]

Ngā Whenua Rāhui

Description:
The Nga Whenua Fund is a contestable Ministerial Fund that exists to facilitate the voluntary protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori owned land while honouring the rights guaranteed to Maori landowners under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Fund is administered by the Nga Whenua Rahui Komiti who makes recommendations to the Ministery of Conservation on applications by Maori landowners to legally protect their land.

Key Criteria:
Maori land authorities such as trust and incorporations, organisations representative of whanau, hapu or iwi, and owners of General Land owned by Maori. Fund covenenanting, prhysical protection e.g. fencing & legal expenses. A number of factors are taken into consideration when assessing an application. Key factors include cultural and spiritual, ecological representativeness, ecological sustainability, and feasibility.

Target audience/projects:
Maori landowners & land authorities

Contact info:
The Kaitakawaenga
Phone: 0800 112 771
Email: [email protected]
Web: Ngā Whenua Rāhui webpage

Funding limits:
$21,00000 available, limits not stipulated

NZ Game Bird Habitat Trust Board

Description:
The primary purpose of the Game Bird Habitat Trust Board is to distribute funding for the development and enhancement of habitat for the benefit of game birds and other wetland inhabitants.

Target audience/projects:
Community groups - suitable wetland environments

Contact info:
The NZ Game Bird Habitat Trust webpage

Mazda Foundation Trust

Description:
The Mazda Foundation Trust aims include (but are not limited to) the provision of financial aid to individuals and causes which may qualify for income tax deductibility for gifts and which provide: Assistance towards the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment 
Assistance in the advancement of culture and education to achieve excellence at all levels in the community
Assistance to young people through advancement of education and employment skills development, with particular emphasis on children from deprived backgrounds
Assistance in the arts where the goal is to educate and expose the NZ public on NZ culture

Target audience/projects:General Community

Contact info:
Mazda Foundation Trust website

O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund

Description:
$25,000 available to schools annually. Aims  to give students an opportunity to undertake environmental studies which benefit the whole community and give students an insight into the range of environmental issues facing our country and the world.
The deadline for Expressions of interest is 31 March and full applications are due 31 May.

Key Criteria:
The O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund is focussed on supporting schools in undertaking practical environmental studies, rather than promoting environmental ideals.

Target audience/projects:
Schools

Funding limits:
Category A - Larger projects where funding is expected to range between $3,000-$10,000. Category B - Smaller projects ranging from $250 - $2000. Funds available: $25,000.00, Upper limit: Between $250 and $10,000 to school projects.

Contact info:
O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund webpage

Outdoor Recreation Consortium Funds

Description:
The New Zealand Outdoor Recreation Consortium welcomes applications from all backcountry users keen to do their bit to maintain and enhance backcountry recreational facilities. The primary purpose of the fund is to maintain huts and tracks that are currently minimally maintained, but other projects to improve recreational opportunities and encourage more people into the backcountry may be supported.

  • Hunters, Trampers or Climbers APPLY to the Huts and Track Fund.
  • Mountain Bikers APPLY to the Mountain Biking Fund.
  • Horse Riders, 4WDers, Cavers, Runners, Kayakers, or other APPLY to the Backcountry Recreation Fund

Second round closes 8th February 2015

Key Criteria:

  • Enhancing and maintaining existing, public huts, tracks or other existing facilities They must be on public conservation land
  • Projects or maintenance agreements must be volunteer led
  • Projects should be less than $15k
  • This funding is not for building new facilities, since we already having trouble maintaining what we have.  It is not about maintaining facilities that others own.
  • This funding is about doing more recreation work than what DOC can achieve on our own.   Each group that is proposing to do work will need DOC permission (in the form of a letter or agreement), they will need to know what standards the work should be completed to and will need to have a health and safety plan.

Funding limits:
$15,000 max

Contact info:
For information and to apply go to Outdoor Recreation Consortium website
For further information and advice contact Andy Thompson in DOC ([email protected]) , Jamie Stewart from FMC ([email protected]), Nessa Lynch from Trail Fund NZ ([email protected]) or Bill O’Leary from NZDA ([email protected]).

Pacific Development and Conservation Trust

Description:
Every year the Trust has approximately $250,000 to distribute as grants to groups and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.

Target audience/projects:
Applicants must be New Zealand or Pacific citizens. Projects must benefit New Zealand or Pacific countries.

Contact info:
Pacific Development and Conservation Trust webpage

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust

Description:
To encourage and promote the provision, protection and enhancement of open space for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of New Zealand. The broad definition of Open Space in the Act is 'Any area of land or body of water that serves to preserve or to facilitate the preservation of any landscape of aesthetic, cultural, recreational, scenic, scientific, or social interest or value'. Fund is always open.

Key Criteria:
Any landholder

Target audience/projects:
groups & individuals

Contact info:
Queen Elizabeth II National Trust www.openspace.org.nz

R D & E A Greenwood Environmental Trust

Description:
To assist preservation and protection of the natural environment of New Zealand. Conservation, environment projects and activities funded.
Written application accepted throughout the year.

Key Criteria:
Most costs/expenses are eligible. Primarily established, community based, non-profit groups, individuals rarely funded.

Contact info:
Warwick Greenwood, the Managing Trustee, at PO Box 10-359, Wellington.

Funding limits:
Up to $300,000 available annually

Sargood Bequest

Description:
The Trust makes grants to projects and activities in the children & youth, cultural, sports & outdoors, educational and environmental areas with a focus on access, participation and inspiration. The majority of grants made by Sargood Bequest are under $5000. The Trustees favour projects to which funds are specifically targeted. From time to time the trust also makes larger grants or pledges over a number of years at the discretion of the trustees.

Target audience/projects:
Individuals and Community Groups

Contact info:
Sargood Bequest website

Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Trust

Description:
Grants from the Trust are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns. Grants are made for projects and activities in the following categories: children, care, elderly, community, conservation, counselling, education, up to a maximum grant of $1,500.

Target audience/projects:
Community groups in rural areas

Contact info:
Rural women bursaries webpage Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Trust 12th fund down page

Sustainable Farming Fund

Description:
To help maintain the viability of rural communities and contribute to the improvement of their economic base and protection of environmental values.
There is 1 funding round a year.

Key Criteria:
Any group, organisation or individual able to demonstrate they are capable of delivering the proposed project can apply. The Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests in farmer, grower and forester led projects that deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to New Zealand's primary industries.

Target audience/projects:
Primary industries sector.

Contact info:
Ministry for Primary Industries
Phone: 0800 00 83 33
e-mail: [email protected]
Sustainable Farming Fund webpage

Techsoup

Description:
The Techsoup programme is designed to be a simple way for charitable organisations in New Zealand to access the technology they need to do their important work.

Key Criteria:
Voluntary and Community Groups registered as a charitable organisation under the New Zealand Income Tax Act 2004.

Target audience/projects:
Groups & charitable organisations.

Contact info:
Phone: (09) 8870291
e-mail: [email protected]
Web: Techsoup website

Funding limits:
Donation & discount programmes

The Stephenson Fund for Covenant Enhancement

Description:

  • To provide strategic support with the management and enhancement of open space covenants
  • To provide support for covenantors faced with covenant management issues that are beyond their control. For example:
    • Increases in pests (such as deer, wasps, wallabies)
    • Severe damage caused by extreme natural events (such as major fires, floods,earthquakes)
    • Overwhelming regional-wide weed issues or other incursions (such as plant diseases) that are threatening the health of covenants.
    • Serious health or financial burdens.

Contact info:
The Stephenson Fund for Covenant Enhancement webpage

The Trusts Community Foundation

Description:
The Trusts Community Foundation was established in June 2010. Our mission is to provide funding for a wide range of clubs, charities and community groups - in fields as diverse as sport, arts, culture, health and education. We are nationwide not-for-profit company. Our funds come from gaming machines operated in some Licensing Trusts, hotels and sports clubs around NZ.  Proceeds from gaming machines can only be used for what are termed “Authorised Purposes” as defined in the Gambling Act 2003 and as administered by the Department of Internal Affairs. An Authorised Purpose may include charitable, philanthropic, cultural activities or something that provides a benefit to a significant portion of the community in a non-commercial sense.

Target audience/projects:
General Community

Contact info:
The Trusts Community Foundation website

Trail fund

Description:
Bike track related projects

Target audience/projects:
Community Groups - Moutain Bikers

Contact info:
Trail fund website

Transpower Community Care Fund

Description:
The Transpower CommunityCare Fund assists communities affected by our assets by investing in community-based projects that add real value and benefit to the wider community.  The CommunityCare Fund makes one-off grants for projects in communities along the National Grid route, as well as communities affected by new Transpower projects. We are currently seeking applications for projects in communities affected by the Wairakei to Whakamaru replacement line project, the Lower South Island Grid Reliability Project and the Upper North Island Dynamic Reactive Support Project in Marsden and Penrose.

Target audience/projects:
Community groups in relevant regions

Contact info:
CommunityCare Fund webpage

Treemendous School Makeovers

Description:
Treemendous School Makeovers is a joint initiative between the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson, teaches children about the importance of caring for the environment through the development of outdoor classrooms.
Four New Zealand schools are chosen each year to have an area of their grounds turned into an outdoor classroom. It might include a lizard garden, native tree planting, creating bird habitats or more! It’s a prize worth $10,000 and all primary and intermediate schools can apply.
The initiative is about encouraging environmental education in schools, along with teaching children and the wider community about the importance of caring for the environment.

Contact info:
Treemendous School Makeovers website

Weedbusters small scale initiatives

Description:
Weed Control Projects

Target audience/projects:
Must sign up as weedbusters group.   Must be volunteer labour

Contact info:
Small Scale Initiatives Funding webpage

Funding limits:
$2000 total per region

WWF Conservation Innovation Awards

Description:
WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards seeks to showcase novel and effective ways to support communities to protect and restore our unique biodiversity. First prize in each of three categories – product, project and research – is a $25,000 grant, with three runner-up grants of $5,000 each.
Whether you are in the field, in a lab, a back shed or a design studio, we want to hear about your new ideas for nature. The grants for the best entries will provide much-needed capital to take these innovations to the next stage, and ultimately to deploy them to benefit our hard working volunteer conservation army across the country.

Contact information:
WWF Conservation Innovation Awards webpage

WWF Environmental Education Fund

Description:
WWF and The Tindall Foundation established the Environmental Education Action Fund. Its aim is to support schools and communities who, as part of their learning, are taking hands-on action to address an environmental issue.

Target audience/projects:
Schools and Community Groups

Contact info:
WWF Environmental Education Fund

WWF New Zealand Habitat Protection Fund

Description:
Community led conservation and habitat protection across a range of land tenures and activities. Aimed at long term large scale projects by groups with experience and good track record of delivering practical conservation. Subject to transparent management, will fund staff including coordinator/administrator.

Key Criteria:
Groups need to have support from cross section of community including iwi and DOC/councils. Project must be sustainable in the long term with adequate protection of land e.g. QEII covenant. Do not fund national or regional umbrella groups. Be a not-for-profit entity.

Target audience/projects:
established community restoration groups

Contact info:
WWF New Zealand Habitat Protection Fund

Funding limits:
A maximum of NZ$15,000. Projects can be funded for up to three consecutive years, but new applications will need to be made for each successive year.