$300,000 is available across the country in 2017–18 specifically for community projects that will help New Zealand reach the Predator Free 2050 goal. About $33,000 will be allocated to each DOC region.
DOC's Predator Free Rangers are using this fund to purchase a variety of traps help to get traps in backyards and within communities. They will allocate the traps to community groups who have an interest in running their own trap libraries.
The remaining funds will be allocated to other community Predator Free 2050-related initiatives.
This fund is only available for the 2017/18 financial year.
The benefits of trap libraries:
- Opportunity to introduce people to trapping
- Learn good practice through workshops and information sharing
- Low entry cost for collective impact
Criteria for allocation of funds
- The maximum allocation to any one group is $10,000 or equivalent cost in traps.
- Preference will be given to boosting existing or new community-run trap libraries. The Predator Free Ranger will purchase the traps and lure and allocate to the trap library.
- Funding can go towards community-led Pestivals, workshops, or training.
- Funding can go towards planning for community groups to become actively involved in Predator Free 2050, where there will be a demonstrable benefit towards Predator Free 2050 initiatives.
- This fund can only contribute towards the purchase of NAWAC (National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee) traps only.
- Preference will be given to existing community groups who need a booster to get going, either with traps, or other initiatives.
Contact your local Predator Free Ranger to find out how to access this funding.