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This fund supports community-led conservation projects on public and private land.


The DOC Community Fund is directed towards practical projects aimed at conserving New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity.

Projects are focused on:

  • protecting and restoring our natural habitats
  • halting the decline of and restoring healthy, sustainable populations of our native species.

We get many applications each funding round – funding is not guaranteed by meeting the criteria.

2020 Funding Round

DOC Community Fund – $4.6 million available

This is split evenly across DOC Operational Regions and one National Category. The Te Urewera region will be included in the funding pool for Central North Island. Approximately $460,000 will be allocated to each region.

How to apply and eligibility for DOC Community Fund

Community Conservation Hubs – $1 million available

Up to $1 million is available for applications from established community conservation hubs. This fund has extra eligibility criteria and a separate application form. This funding is for established hubs to build the capability and capacity of community conservation groups.

How to apply and eligibility for Community Conservation Hubs

Important dates for the 2020 round

  • 24 February 2020 – both funds open for applications.
  • 24 March 2020 – both funds close for applications.
  • July 2020 – applicants notified of funding decisions.

These dates may change.



For funding queries:
Email doccf@doc.govt.nz
Phone 0800 86 20 20

For project delivery queries:
Contact your local DOC office

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Other funding sources

Other funders

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