Here are some other funding sources available for environmental or community projects.

Otago wide funding

Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation have a large list of links to national organisations who provide funding and grants for community conservation groups.

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Freshwater Improvement Fund (MfE)

The Freshwater Improvement Fund commits $100 million over 10 years to improve the management of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater and wetlands. It supports projects, with a total value of $400,000 or more, that help communities manage fresh water within environmental limits.

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Hill Country Erosion Programme

The HCE Programme represents a collaborative effort involving the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), local councils, and landowners. It offers financial support in 4-year intervals for regional erosion-control initiatives that exceed the capacity of individual councils to manage independently

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Otago Community Trust

The Otago Community Trust provides grants to not-for-profit community groups and projects that make a positive contribution to Otago communities.

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Participatory Science Platform (PSP)

Otago PSP offers funding for community-driven projects that connect locals with scientists, utilizing local knowledge to generate new insights. These projects should provide educational opportunities, fostering learning for students and the wider community. Supporting meaningful scientific collaboration in Otago

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Trees that count

Looking to boost your native tree planting projects? Trees That Count connects funders with groups eager to plant more native trees. Community groups, schools, iwi, landowners, and NGOs can apply for free native trees through their digital marketplace.

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Central Otago area specific funding

Central Lakes Trust

Central Lakes Trust is a charitable trust supporting our community, by granting funds for charitable purposes throughout the Central Lakes district.

Clutha district specific funding

Clutha district Biodiversity Funding

The purpose of this fund is to maintain and enhance a network of viable habitats and ecosystems in the Clutha District by encouraging and supporting landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.

Dunedin City Council funding

Dunedin City Council Biodiversity Funding

The DCC’s Biodiversity Fund supports landowners and community groups in protecting and enhancing native biodiversity in Dunedin. Applications open twice a year, in March and September. Eligible projects include pest control, fencing, and revegetation.

Community Funding and Grants

DCC Community Grants support non-profits enhancing social, educational, cultural, and environmental well-being in Dunedin. Focus is on complementary funding, prioritizing organizations seeking other sources first. 

Neighbourhood matching grant

Got a brilliant idea to bring neighbours closer? DCC Neighbourhood Matching Grants has funding available for projects like community gardens, street events, or local services. 

Waste minimisation fund

Passionate about waste minimization? Make a difference with the Waste Minimisation Community Project/Initiative Grant from Dunedin City Council. Funding available to support initiatives aligning with DCC Waste Minimisation and Management Plan 2020 goals.

Queenstown Lakes area specific funding

Waste Minimisation Community Fund

Do you have a great idea for a project that will help move our community towards zero waste? You might be eligible for funding through QLDC's Waste Minimisation Community Fund.

Waitaki district specific funding 

The Waitaki Community Fund

The Waitaki Community Fund provides grants for projects from Aoraki Mount Cook to Waitaki Bridge that support sustainable community development.

Waitaki District Council Biodiversity Fund

This $30,000 annual fund has been established to support landowners who are taking practical steps to protect and enhance indigenous biodiversity in the Waitaki District, principally on private land.

Waitaki Waste Minimisation Fund

No idea is too big or too small. If you can teach and inspire people to reduce rubbish going to landfill please apply.

Page last updated 4 July 2024.