Turf community, Lake Poteriteri shore.
Image: Rod Hay | ©


Find out if you are eligible for the Jobs for Nature Community Conservation Fund, and how applications will be assessed.


This one-off funding round is now closed.

Applications were accepted between 14 January 2021 and 1 pm 16 February 2021. Applicants will be informed of decisions in May 2021.

Find out about alternative funding sources.

The success of your application will depend on how well you meet the criteria and on merit when compared with other applications.

Guide for applicants

Before you submit your application read the Guide for applicants (PDF, 1,686K).

Eligibility criteria

You can only apply to the Jobs for Nature Community Conservation Fund if you meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Your project supports employment (new or existing). You must pay at least the living wage of $22.10 per hour.
  • Your proposed work and employment is additional to, or can accelerate, what would have occurred anyway.
  • Your application is for a practical on-the-ground project focused on restoring indigenous biodiversity.
  • Your project is community-led (eg led by not-for-profit organisations, whānau/hapū/iwi groups, conservation trusts, private landowners). Government departments and local authorities cannot apply.
  • You have a track record of delivering on-the-ground biodiversity projects.
  • Your project will be funded for up to 3 years.
  • Total funding requested is between $300,000 and $700,000.
  • You are a legal entity able to enter into a funding agreement with DOC.

How your application will be assessed

If you meet the eligibility criteria your application will be assessed on:

  • The number of jobs created or retained (including contractors).
  • The extent to which indigenous biodiversity will be restored and the likelihood of these benefits being sustained over time.
  • Recognition will be given to projects that support Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori, respecting tangata whenua values and aspirations for the environment (giving effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi).
  • The likelihood of success and a proven track record – demonstrating the required skills and capability to deliver the project.
  • How quickly the project can commence and provide employment and whether jobs are local.
  • Recognition will be given to projects that support training and capability development in relation to conservation.
  • Recognition will be given to the level of co-funding secured.

The Jobs for Nature Reference Group has developed an investment framework to help guide funding decisions. See Jobs for Nature Reference Group Investment Framework (PDF, 733K).

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