Environmental Education Action Fund | WWF New Zealand

Environmental Education Action Fund

Effective environmental education is about education in, about and for the environment. It doesn't reach its full potential until learners have personalised their knowledge, made decisions on how to address issues, and reflected on that action.
With this in mind, WWF and The Tindall Foundation established the Environmental Education Action Fund. Its aim is to support schools and communities who, as part of their learning, are taking hands-on action to address an environmental issue.

Funding criteria

Preference is given to projects that:
  • Have clearly defined learning outcomes aimed to address a specific environmental issue or issues
  • Facilitate, support or promote opportunities for people to take action for their environment
  • Have sound project planning and evaluation processes
  • Provide evidence of strong community support
  • Enable teachers to deliver environmental education programmes as outlined in the Guidelines for Environmental education in New Zealand Schools (Ministry of Education, 1999)
  • Schools and community groups in New Zealand can apply; preference is given to those with IRD charitable status.



The fund is about taking action. There is no funding for awareness, landscaping/ground maintenance, eco/enviro centre buildings, overseas travel, research projects or government authorities.

The maximum fund amount that can be applied for is $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

To apply read the EEAF Application Guide (you can download it on the right) to decide if your project is eligible and meets the relevant criteria. 

If you decide to apply, complete the application form and submit it to Becky Wilson, Community Conservation Coordinator at eeaf@wwf.org.nz by 5pm on the closing date.

For more information

For any enquiries or to submit your application email to Becky Wilson, Community Conservation Coordinator at eeaf@wwf.org.nz or phone 04 471 4297.


Recent recipients

See our community projects map.

View digital stories from successful recipients

The projects featured in these digital stories are recipients of the Environmental Education Action Fund. They are outstanding examples of schools that have embraced student-led learning, engaged with their local communities, and implemented the New Zealand Curriculum through taking action to improve their local environment.

Fund Update

The Environmental Education Action Fund is currently closed
This fund is under review and the next opening dates are still to be confirmed. Please check back here for more information at the end of August, or sign up to our Community Conservation Newsletter for updates. 

For more information contact WWF-New Zealand on 04 471 4297 or 0800 435 7993.


Children harvesting potatoes, Lincoln Envirotown. The school is 1 of 18 that received funding from ... 
	© Cello Robertson / LET
Children harvesting potatoes, Lincoln Envirotown. The school is 1 of 18 that received funding from WWF in 2008/9 for environmental education projects.
© Cello Robertson / LET


The Environmental Education Action Fund is delivered in partnership with the Tindall Foundation.
	© Tindall Foundation
© Tindall Foundation
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