ECO Fund

Environment. Community. Otago.

Do you have a project that benefits the environment?

The ECO Fund supports community-driven projects that protect and enhance Otago's environment.

Watch this video to learn more.



What is the ECO Fund?

The ECO Fund has been set up to support work that protects and enhances Otago's environment.

Otago Regional Council contributes $250,000.00 every year to the ECO Fund, and this is split into three funding rounds.

The ECO Fund supports not only shovel time, but also administrative support. Whether your project is large or small, we welcome your application. 

Please see the Funding Checklist below to see if your project is eligible.

Check out our ECO Fund brochure.

Successful applicant

Total amount funded ($)

Project description

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group      


Pest research

Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust                      


Purchase and placement of pest traps

National Cat Management Strategy   



HALO Project 


Pest control in Orokonui

Wakatipu Island reforestation trust               


Funding to buy equipment for planting native plants

Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group            


Funding for planting gear for Adopt a Plot volunteers

Kakaho Creek Wetland


Funding for fencing of wetland

Lindis Pass Conservation Group


Removal of pest plants

Rotary Club of Dunedin trust                      


Plants for beautification of West Harbour Recreation Trail

NZ Falcon Research Project                         


Funding towards a falcon expert to assist with research

Aspiring Biodiversity Trust                       


Surveying endangered birds


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