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Habitat Protection Fund

The Habitat Protection Fund supports groups such as Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group as they protect the landscape and animals around them.

What is the WWF Habitat Protection Fund?

The WWF Habitat Protection Fund supports communities to run projects that conserve and restore New Zealand's natural environment - freshwater, coastal, wetlands, forest and dunelands. 

The WWF Habitat Protection Fund is supported by the Tindall Foundation.

Who can apply?

The WWF Habitat Protection Fund is targeted at local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. We do not fund national or regional umbrella groups.

What kind of projects are funded?

The WWF Habitat Protection Fund gives preference to projects that are working to protect areas of high conservation value. The priorities this year are:  

  • Areas with an active community involvement in conservation
  • Freshwater environments and their catchments
  • Coastal and dune systems
  • Wetlands and estuaries
  • Lowland and coastal forest communities
  • Habitats of threatened indigenous species

How much can I apply for?

A maximum of NZ$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

1. Read the HPF Application Guide (you can download it on the right) to decide if your group and project are eligible. Applications will be assessed on the extent to which they meet the group and project criteria.

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

For more information

Contact Becky Wilson, Community Conservation Coordinator at WWF-New Zealand, on 04 471 4297 or hpf@wwf.org.nz.

Funding Update

Applications to the Habitat Protection Fund are 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.
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