This fund inspires and enables community-led conservation growth. The 2016 fund is now open.

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 open

The DOC Community Fund 2016 is open and ready to receive Expressions of Interest (EOI).

The two stage application process will begin with a six week EOI phase. 

Completed application forms must be submitted to by 5pm on Friday 1 July 2016. Applications received after this time will not be considered for funding.

For any queries 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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