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

Applications for this fund are currently closed. Instructions on how to apply will be available on our website when the fund opens for applications.

Click here to view the application requirements and criteria


For more information

Email: education@wwf.org.nz 
Call: 0800 435 7993


Recent recipients

See our community projects map.

Fund Update

The Environmental Education Action Fund is currently closed. 

You can view the application criteria here.

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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 Tindall Foundation
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© The Tindall Foundation

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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