WWF-New Zealand Community Conservation and Education Fund

WWF, in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, supports communities and educational facilities to run projects that conserve and restore Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environments and the native species in these habitats.

Who can apply?

The Community Conservation and Education Fund is targeted at local community and educational conservation groups based and working in Aotearoa New Zealand, engaged in projects which involve the community in conservation or education initiatives. We do not fund individuals, national or regional umbrella groups, for-profit organisations, Government authorities, Government agencies, or overseas organisations.

What kind of projects are funded?

The Community Conservation and Education Fund gives preference to projects that: 

  • Involve local communities in conservation initiatives¬†
  • Educate others through action based projects
  • Encourage others to learn through experience and participation ¬†
  • Restore native habitats, especially those with threatened indigenous species
  • Make meaningful contributions to improving their local environment
  • Promote others to gain skills and are encouraged and/or supported to take future action for the environment as a result of participating

How much can I apply for?

A maximum of NZ$15,000, for a funding period of one year. Previous recipients may re-apply to consecutive funding rounds up to three years, or in some circumstances five years, but repeat funding for recipients is not guaranteed and WWF should not be considered an on-going source of funding. New applications will need to be made for each successive year.

How to apply

The fund is open for applications once a year. The 2022 round has closed, and we are not currently taking applications. Subscribe to the WWF-New Zealand newsletter to receive updates about the Fund (link in the footer).

To check if you are eligible and meet the funding priorities please read the application guidelines.

For more information contact:

WWF-New Zealand Grants Administrator,
Freephone: 0800 435 7993
Email: community@wwf.org.nz

The Tindall Foundation

Community Funding Partner

WWF acts as a Local Donation Manager for The Tindall Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa to support families, community and the environment.

As Environmental Donation Manager, we distribute donations on behalf of TTF to local environmental education and community involvement programmes.