Funding available for local conservation groups

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson has urged local conservation groups to apply for funding from a multi-million dollar Government initiative to support community conservation projects.

“$4.5 million is now available in the latest funding round of the DOC Community Fund. This could provide a real boost for community-led conservation groups and will help them grow their projects” Scott Simpson says.

“Conservation groups are an invaluable part of our communities. They help people enjoy and learn about our natural heritage and promote the value of conservation.”

The fund was set up in 2014 to distribute $26 million over four years to inspire and enable community-led conservation projects around New Zealand.

A number of local conservation groups have received support from the fund in earlier rounds and now is the opportunity for others to mount a case for their projects too said Mr Simpson.

“220 different projects have been awarded more than $16 million in the previous two funding rounds, helping a variety of projects including wetland restoration, weed killing and environmental education.”

“This initiative has been great for many smaller groups throughout the country, coupling community passion with DOC expertise to promote local conservation,” Scott Simpson says.

Groups applying for funding will need to submit an expression of interest showing how their project fits with the purpose of the fund by 1 July. Following the assessment of expressions of interest successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.

More details are available on the DOC website at