What is the WWF-New Zealand Conservation Fund?

WWF, in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, supports communities and educational facilities to run projects that conserve and restore Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environments and the native species in these habitats. 

Who can apply?

The Conservation Fund is targeted at local community and educational conservation groups based and working in Aotearoa New Zealand, engaged in hands-on ecological restoration and/or species 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?

The Conservatation Fund gives preference to projects that are working to restoration or conservation of New Zealand native habitat and species with particular emphasis on:   

  • 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
  • New Zealand native species protection
  • Projects where educational learners:
    • Participate in action-based projects
    • Learn through experience and participation
    • Decide on whay and how to get involved
    • Make meaningful contributions to improving their local environment
    • Involve people in their community
    • Gain skills and are encouraged and/or supported to take future action for the environment as a result of participating


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 Fund opens once a year and is not currently accepting applications. The next round opens 15 August  to 16 September 2022.  

To check if you are eligible and meet the 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-New Zealand Grants Administrator
     Freephone: 0800 435 7993 
     Email: community@wwf.org.nz 

Funding Update

The Conservation Fund is currently closed.

The Fund will be open 15th August 2022  to 16th September 2022.

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

Conservation Fund 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.