Waikanae estuary

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Links to national organisations who provide funding and grants for community conservation groups.

The Fundview website has information about more than 1000 funding schemes for voluntary organisations. You need to register for this website, however you can access this website for free via your local library computer or library website.

CommunityNet Aotearoa how to funding guide has resources for setting up and running community organisations and projects.

Many local and regional councils have environment funds for landowner and/or community groups. Contact your local council for further information/advice.

There are many organisations that provide funding to individuals and community groups for conservation and environmental projects. Some of these are listed below.

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme exists to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value.

Department of Conservation

Department of Internal Affairs

Fish & Game New Zealand

New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust funds projects that improve New Zealand game bird and other wildlife habitat.


Fonterra Grassroots Fund supports the rural communities where we operate by funding their clever ideas, projects and initiatives.

Forest & Bird

  • JS Watson Trust provides financial assistance for conservation projects.

Guardians of the Sea Charitable Trust / Nga Kaitiaki mo Tangaroa

Guardians of the Sea grant promotes healthy, sustainable fisheries for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Harcourts Real Estate

Harcourts Foundation supports charitable community organisations and assists with helping individuals in need.

Heritage New Zealand

National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of nationally significant heritage places in private ownership.


Honda Tree Fund funds the planting of native trees.


Kiwibank funding for predator free communities. 

Kiwis for kiwi

Kiwi Trust support kiwi conservation in New Zealand.

Lion Foundation

Lion Foundation funds are available for charitable, philanthropic or cultural purpose that benefits the local community.


Mazda Foundation Trust gives financial aid to individuals and causes.


Medibank Community grants support local initiatives throughout Australia and New Zealand that encourage healthy eating, physical activity and community connectedness.

Ministry for the Environment

Community Environment Fund provides funding so New Zealanders are empowered to take environmental action.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage provides funds for culture and history, including oral and built heritage.

Ministry for Primary Industries

Sustainable Food & Fibre Futures which invests with others in innovative projects to grow New Zealand's food and fibre industries sustainably. It's replacing the Sustainable Farming Fund.

Ministry of Youth Development

MYD Youth Fund is specifically for young people or an organisation that works in partnership with young people.

New Zealand Walking Access Commission

Enhancement Access Fund supports projects aimed at enhancing access to New Zealand's great outdoors.

O-I New Zealand

Environment Fund for kindergartens, primary, intermediate and secondary schools.

Project Crimson

The Project Crimson Trust works with organisations, communities and individuals and assists with funding and trees for local projects.

Pub Charity

Pub Charity support worthy groups and organisations using funds raised in gaming machines in our member hotels and taverns all over New Zealand.

QEII National Trust - Open Space New Zealand

QEII National Trust helps private landowners in New Zealand protect special natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants.

RD & EA Greenwood Environmental Trust

This trust assists preservation and protection of the natural environment of New Zealand. They do not have a website but you can contact Warwick Greenwood, the Managing Trustee, at PO Box 10-359, Wellington.

Royal Society

Bayer Primary School Science Fund is to give primary schools the opportunity to apply for funding to support and enhance an existing, or kick-start a new, environmental science education and 'Nature of Science' teaching and learning programme.

Rural Women New Zealand

Scotlands Te Kiteroa Charitable Trust grants are primarily directed towards individuals, groups and organisations in country areas and rural towns.

Sargood Bequest

Sargood Bequest grants are available under the following headings: children/youth, cultural, educational, environmental, sports/outdoor.

The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation supports communities and organisations who are in need of support.

Trail Fund

Trail Fund supports the development and maintenance of publicly available, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain bike-accessible trails in New Zealand.


Transpower Community Care Fund makes one-off grants for projects in communities along the National Grid route, as well as communities affected by new Transpower projects.

Trusts Community Foundation 

Trusts Community Foundation provide funding for a wide range of clubs, charities and community groups.


Small Scale Initiatives Funding provides funds for Weedbusters groups to cover 'small scale' costs such as tools, herbicides, mulcher hire, greenwaste disposal, promotional activities within communities to get Weedbusters groups off the ground.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) New Zealand

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