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.


What is the WWF Community Conservation Fund?

WWF, in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, supports communities to run projects that conserve and restore Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environments and the species they are home to. 

Who can apply?

CCF is targeted at local community conservation groups based and working in Aotearoa New Zealand, engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. We do not fund individuals, national or regional umbrella groups, for-profit organisations, Government authorities, Government agencies, or overseas organisations.


What kind of projects are funded?

CCF gives preference to projects that are working to protect areas of high conservation value. The priorities are:  

  • Areas of lowland biodiversity including:
    • Freshwater environments and their catchments
    • Coastal and dune systems
    • Wetlands and estuarine systems
    • Lowland and coastal forest and scrub communities
    • Coastal and inshore marine habitats
  • Habitats of threatened indigenous species
  • Remaining remnants of high quality habitat


How much can I apply for?

A maximum of NZ$15,000, for a funding period of one year. Previous recipients may re-apply to consecutive funding rounds up to three years, or in some circumstances five years, but repeat funding for recipients is not guaranteed and WWF should not be considered an on-going source of funding. New applications will need to be made for each successive year.


How to apply

The CCF opens once a year and is not currently accepting applications. To keep updated on the status of this fund and receive notifications of opening dates please subscribe to our Kaitiaki Community Conservation newsletter.

To check if you are eligible and meet CCF funding priorities please read the application guidelines.

Instructions on how to submit your application will be available on our website once the next funding round opens.

For more information contact WWF on

     Community Conservation Coordinator: 027 455 0051
     Freephone: 0800 435 7993 

Funding Update

The Community Conservation Fund is currently closed.

Sign up to our Kaitiaki Community Conservation Newsletter for updates and notifications of opening dates for this fund.

To check if you are eligible and meet CCF funding priorities please read the application guidelines

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Community Funding Partner

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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