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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 – closed

The 2020 funding round closed 24 March 2020.

If you submitted an application you should expect to hear back from the Funds Team in July 2020. This date may change depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds.

DOC Community Fund – $4.6 million available

This is split evenly across DOC Operational Regions and one National Category. Approximately $460,000 will be allocated to each region.

How to apply and eligibility for DOC Community Fund

Community Conservation Hubs – $1 million available

A one-off $1 million was available for established community conservation hubs in 2020. This funding was for established hubs to build the capability and capacity of community conservation groups.

2021 funding round

The DOC Community Fund will reopen for applications in early 2021. If you're interested in funding, check if your project meets the eligibility criteria.

How to apply and eligibility for the DOC Community Fund

If your project does not meet the eligibility criteria, you can see if it fits with any other funds.

Other funding organisations



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

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