Male tuatara on Takapourewa/Stephens Island
Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


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

The DOC Community Fund is focused on projects that:

  • protect and enhance threatened species and ecosystems, or
  • protect or restore significant cultural heritage sites and/or maintain infrastructure in the backcountry.

For this round, there is $9.2 million available. It is split into two streams with $7.2 million available for threatened species and ecosystem projects and $2 million available for cultural heritage projects.

Important dates for the funding round

  • Wednesday 9 November 2022: Funding round open for applications
  • Tuesday 31 January 2023: Funding round closes
  • April 2023: Applicants advised outcome of their application
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