Great spotted kiwi
Sabine Bernert ©


This fund inspires and enables community-led conservation growth.

The fund, announced in March 2014, has approximately $26 million dollars to distribute to community groups for priority conservation work over four years. Following the initial four years, the fund will return to an annual allocation of approximately $4.6 million per annum.

The fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects. These projects will maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage and enable more people to participate in recreation, enjoy and learn from our historic places, and engage with and value the benefits of conservation.

The fund was formerly known as the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund.

DOC Community Fund 2016 

Expression of Interest applications closed at 5 pm on Friday 1 July.

If you have submitted your application after this time, unfortunately you have missed the cut off and your application will not considered.

You will be welcome to apply to the next funding round, scheduled to open in 2017.

Alternatively you can look for other funding organisations which may be able to support your project.

If you wish to discuss anything further you can contact the DOC Funds team at or by calling 0800 862 020.

On 19 May 2016 the Minister of Conservation announced the opening of the DOC Community Fund for 2016/17. Read the media release.

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