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This fund inspires and enables community-led conservation growth. The 2017 fund is now open for Expressions of Interest.


The fund, announced in March 2014, has approximately $26 million dollars to distribute to community groups for priority conservation work over four years. Following the initial four years, the fund will return to an allocation of approximately $4.6 million per annum.

The fund is directed at practical, on-the-ground projects. These projects will maintain and restore the diversity of our natural heritage and enable more people to participate in recreation, enjoy and learn from our historic places, and engage with and value the benefits of conservation.

DOC Community Fund 2017 open

There is a two step application process for the funding round and applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). Read guidelines about the EOI process.

The completed EOI application form (Word, 145K) must be submitted to doccfapplications@doc.govt.nz by 5 pm on Friday 23 June 2017. Applications received after this time will not be considered for funding.

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.

Key dates for 2017
  • 16 May: Funding round opens for EOIs.
  • 23 June: Funding round closes at 5 pm for EOIs.
  • September: Anticipated timeframe for inviting successful EOI applicants to submit a full application. Unsuccessful EOI applicants will also be notified.
  • October: Anticipated timeframe for when full applications need to be submitted.
  • December: Anticipated timeframe for notifying successful and unsuccessful applicants.
  • From March 2018: Anticipated start date for commencement of projects. Note that projects cannot commence until a Deed of Grant is signed by both parties – this step can take 3 to 6 months.
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