Kowhai flowers

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


The 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.

Approximately $8 million will be available for this round.


The fund opens 25 February 2019. Applications are due before 5 pm, 22 March 2019.

How to apply


Then complete one application form:

Finally, send us your completed application form with any supporting documents:

Email: doccfapplications@doc.govt.nz – use your organisation name in the subject line.

You'll receive an acknowledgement of receipt.

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