Funding round open for conservation projects

Fourth round of community funding opens this week.

Fourth round of community funding opens this week.

Waikanae Stream conservation volunteers at work. File picture

COMMUNITY conservation projects are invited to apply for support from a multimillion-dollar DoC fund.

The Department of Conservation community fund set up three years ago to distribute $26 million over four years enters its fourth round this week.

The fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects, to maintain and restore the diversity of New Zealand’s natural heritage and enable more people to engage with and value the benefits of conservation.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the fund makes a big difference for many community groups who would have struggled to do their great work without financial help.

“The fund encourages everyday New Zealanders to take ownership and lend a hand to important projects that matter to their communities," she said.

“Last year’s funding supported a wide range of conservation initiatives and included $1m towards War on Weeds projects, and a further million to boost community pest and predator control projects.

“Predator control and War on Weeds are high priorities for the Government and projects that focus on these two priorities are preferred for this year’s round, although all eligible applications will be considered,” Ms Barry said.

More than $21 million has been awarded to 300 different projects across New Zealand in the first three rounds.

Ms Barry anticipates about $4.15 million will be allocated this year.

Applicants need to submit an expression of interest showing how their project fits with the purpose of the fund by June 23.

Following assessment of expressions of interest, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

More details are available on the DoC website at www.doc.govt.nz/doc-community-fund

Four Gisborne projects were awarded funding last year:

  • $20,000 to Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Committee to support restoration work on the Titirangi reserve by Ngati Oneone and Gisborne District Council.
  • $30,000 over three years to Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust to support its wetland restoration at Matawhero through weed and predator control designed to expand habitat for the nationally critical matuku/bittern.
  • $18,000 to the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust to expand its predator trapping at Maungataniwha to protect the wild kiwi population and enable it to increase.
  • $10,000 to Paikea-Whitireia Trust for its project revegetating Pukehapopo maunga behind Whangara marae.

COMMUNITY conservation projects are invited to apply for support from a multimillion-dollar DoC fund.

The Department of Conservation community fund set up three years ago to distribute $26 million over four years enters its fourth round this week.

The fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects, to maintain and restore the diversity of New Zealand’s natural heritage and enable more people to engage with and value the benefits of conservation.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said the fund makes a big difference for many community groups who would have struggled to do their great work without financial help.

“The fund encourages everyday New Zealanders to take ownership and lend a hand to important projects that matter to their communities," she said.

“Last year’s funding supported a wide range of conservation initiatives and included $1m towards War on Weeds projects, and a further million to boost community pest and predator control projects.

“Predator control and War on Weeds are high priorities for the Government and projects that focus on these two priorities are preferred for this year’s round, although all eligible applications will be considered,” Ms Barry said.

More than $21 million has been awarded to 300 different projects across New Zealand in the first three rounds.

Ms Barry anticipates about $4.15 million will be allocated this year.

Applicants need to submit an expression of interest showing how their project fits with the purpose of the fund by June 23.

Following assessment of expressions of interest, successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

More details are available on the DoC website at www.doc.govt.nz/doc-community-fund

Four Gisborne projects were awarded funding last year:

  • $20,000 to Te Poho o Rawiri Marae Committee to support restoration work on the Titirangi reserve by Ngati Oneone and Gisborne District Council.
  • $30,000 over three years to Nga Uri o Te Kooti Rikirangi Settlement Trust to support its wetland restoration at Matawhero through weed and predator control designed to expand habitat for the nationally critical matuku/bittern.
  • $18,000 to the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust to expand its predator trapping at Maungataniwha to protect the wild kiwi population and enable it to increase.
  • $10,000 to Paikea-Whitireia Trust for its project revegetating Pukehapopo maunga behind Whangara marae.

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