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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

This fund will be open for applications from 23 October until 18 November 2018. Click here to submit your application online. You must complete all the required fields and provide all the required information to submit the form. You must have all the required information ready to submit once you start filling in the form as you will not be able to save your work to complete later. If your internet connection is likely to cut out while you are filling in the form please contact Becky Wilson before starting (see contact info below).

For more information

Contact Becky Wilson, Innovation and Programme Coordinator if you have any queries
Email: eeaf@wwf.org.nz 
Cell phone: 027 455 0051 
Office: 0800 435 7993


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

This fund will be open for applications from 24 October until 18 November 2018. 

Our application process has changed.  Please use the online form.



We have experienced a problem with the "save for later" function in our new online application form. All data entered is saved at our end, but some users are not able to get back into their most recent version with the saved link. The technical team are working to fix the problem. In the mean time the "save for later" function has been disabled, so if you are starting a new application you will need to complete the form in full and submit it all in one go. If you think you will need to come back to finish the form later or if your internet connection is likely to cut out while you are completing it please DO NOT START FILLING IN THE FORM. In this case please contact WWF to discuss how to apply. If you need to complete an existing applcation please contact WWF

Innovation & Programme Coordinator
Becky Wilson
Email: eeaf@wwf.org.nz
Cell phone: 027 455 0051
Office: 0800 435 7993

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