Find out if you are eligible for the Jobs for Nature Private Land Biodiversity 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 others.

Factsheet for applicants

Before you submit your application make sure to read the Jobs for Nature Private Land Biodiversity Fund factsheet (PDF, 279K).

Eligibility criteria

You can only apply to the Jobs for Nature Private Land Biodiversity Fund if:

  • The project supports employment. You must pay at least the living wage of $22.10 per hour.
  • The project is on private land (not public land).
  • The proposed work and employment are in additional to, or will accelerate, what would have occurred anyway.
  • The applicant is an established organisation (includes regional councils) applying on behalf of groups of landowners. The applicant has a proven track record of working with groups of landowners to protect, restore and enhance indigenous biodiversity.
  • The project is focused on protecting, restoring and/or enhancing indigenous biodiversity in areas identified as high value by DOC, Regional Council or other credible authority. This includes wetland habitats but excludes projects where the primary focus is freshwater improvements/riparian planting related to water quality.
  • The project area has existing legal protection (eg a covenant), or the landowner can provide a commitment to protect, within the funding period.
  • The project will be funded for up to 3 years.
  • Total funding requested is between $300,000 and $1 million.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • The number of jobs created (including contractors), and the employment benefits of the project – ie providing employment to people of varying skillsets and those local to the project.
  • The extent to which indigenous biodiversity will be protected, restored and/or enhanced 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 – demonstrating the required skills and capability to deliver the project and evidence of successfully working with private landowners. A current restoration/enhancement plan should be in place, that sets out short and long-term objectives.
  • Recognition will be given to projects that support training and capability development in relation to conservation.
  • How quickly the project can commence and provide employment.
  • The amount of co-funding/landowner contribution.

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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