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Community Conservation Fund

The Community Conservation Fund supports groups such as Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group as they protect the landscape and animals around them.

We've changed the name of the Habitat Protection Fund. It is now called the Community Conservation Fund.

What is the WWF Community Conservation Fund?

The WWF Community Conservation Fund supports communities to run projects that conserve and restore New Zealand's natural environment - freshwater, coastal, wetlands, forest and dunelands. 

The WWF Community Conservation Fund is supported by the Tindall Foundation.

Who can apply?

The WWF Community Conservation Fund is targeted at local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. We do not fund national or regional umbrella groups.

What kind of projects are funded?

The WWF Community Conservation Fund gives preference to projects that are working to protect areas of high conservation value. The priorities this year are:  

  • Freshwater environments and their catchments
  • Coastal and dune systems
  • Wetlands and estuaries
  • Lowland and coastal forest communities
  • Habitats of threatened indigenous species
  • Coastal and inshore marine habitats

How much can I apply for?

A maximum of NZ$15,000. Projects can be funded for up to three consecutive years, but new applications will need to be made for each successive year. 

How to apply

Follow this link to register for WWF Community Funding, and select the Community Conservation Fund submission category. Once you have registered you will be able to complete your application.

Click here to view the application requirements and criteria

For more information

Call: 0800 435 7993

Recent recipients

See our community projects map.

Funding Update

This year's funding round is now open. Applications close on 11 October 2019.

Follow this link to register, selecting the Community Conservation Fund submission category. Once you have registered you will be able to complete your application.

You can view the application form and criteria here.

Sign up to our Community Conservation Newsletter for updates.


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WWF acts as a Local Donation Manager for The Tindall Foundation, a philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa to support families, community and the environment. We are what’s called TTF’s Environmental Donation Manager meaning that we distribute donations on behalf of TTF to local environmental education and community involvement programmes.

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