The new Community Conservation Partnership Fund announced by the Minister of Conservation is a much needed boost to on-the-ground projects, says the Department of Conservation, who is holding a funding workshop in Gisborne on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 to assist community groups complete their applications.
“The fund will make a significant contribution to conservation and enable wider opportunities for communities to undertake work in partnership with DOC” says Director of Conservation Partnerships, Lower North Island, Reg Kemper.
“It will provide community groups and landowners with the much needed resources to undertake practical on-the-ground projects.”
“As there is a short turn-around with applications closing on 1 May, I encourage groups to attend the workshop. Partnership staff will be available to discuss draft applications, answer questions and provide feedback on proposals”, says Mr Kemper.
This fund extends from biodiversity projects on private land to also cover community-led conservation projects on private and public land and waters. Another difference is that recreation and historic heritage projects will also be eligible for funding.
“These changes mean more people from private landowners, community based organisations, local, regional and national umbrella organisations to whanau, hapu and iwi are able to undertake conservation work and achieve greater benefits for New Zealanders” says Mr Kemper.
The new fund of $26 million over the next four years is to be distributed to community organisations in an annual contestable funding round of between $6-$7 million a year. Projects may be funded over multiple years, reflecting the time it takes to complete. The first round of the Fund closes on May 1st with decisions announced mid year. The Community Partnership Fund replaces the Biodiversity Advice and Condition Fund.
To find out about the Community Conservation Partnership Fund, including eligibility criteria and the application form visit: www.doc.govt.nz/ccpf
Funding workshop to be held at the Gisborne District Council Chambers, Fitzherbert Street, Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 5.30pm. To register for the workshop phone the DOC Office on +64 6 869 0460 by Monday 14 April 2014.