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 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
- Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) is a community-driven fund that provides grants to non-profit community organisations that deliver community-based social services.
- Lottery Grants are available for different types of projects and services.
- Pacific Development and Conservation Trust distributes grants to groups and individuals in the South Pacific for a range of development and conservation projects.
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 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
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.
The Project Crimson Trust works with organisations, communities and individuals and assists with funding and trees for local projects.
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.
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 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 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