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Getting funding for your project

There are many organisations that provide funding for biodiversity and conservation projects. Closing dates for applications are throughout the year, and due dates are regularly advertised in the Biodiversity HB Newsletter, emails to members (“join us and receive the newsletter directly to your inbox!”) and on our Facebook page.

We can help community groups through focusing and editing funding applications, project management, and managing project funds if your group is not a legal entity. Email Belinda on if you have any questions. 

Where do I find funders?

The two funding portals below offer a comprehensive list of funds available, of which some of the more popular ones have been grouped for schools, private landowners and the general community at the bottom of this page. 

Generosity New Zealand is a portal that provides a comprehensive list of organisations that provide funding for groups and individuals. It is a subscription-based service, however you can access it for free at Hawke's Bay public libraries. 
Funding HQ is another subscription-based funding portal, which provides a self-directed online platform to give you coaching, templates, tips, tools and resources for gaining funding.

We also have our own Biodiversity Hawke's Bay contestable fund for local projects (details available on our website in December and application close last day of February).

Guides to fundraising and writing great applications

Community Net, The Wheelhouse, and Predator Free NZ have guides to fundraising, including setting a funding strategy, identify potential funders, and writing great applications.

Understanding your finances and financial reporting

Once you’ve got the money, here are Community Net and Predator Free NZ resources for understanding financial documents, financial reporting and more.


Please contact the funders directly for advice and support. 

Central Hawke's Bay District Council

Department of Conservation (DOC)

 Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)

Fish & Game New Zealand

 Guardians of the Sea Charitable Trust / Nga Kaitiaki mo Tangaroa

Hawke's Bay Foundation

Heritage New Zealand



 Kiwis for kiwi

 Lion Foundation

Mazda Foundation


Million Metres Stream Project

Ministry for the Environment

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

 New Zealand Walking Access Commission

 O-I New Zealand

Pan Pac Environment Trust

Perpetual Guardian

Predator Free NZ - Predator Free Backyards Programme

Project Crimson

 Pub Charity

 RD & EA Greenwood Environmental Trust

This trust assists preservation and protection of the natural environment of New Zealand. They do not have a website but you can contact Warwick Greenwood, the Managing Trustee, at PO Box 10-359, Wellington.

 Sargood Bequest

 Simplicity Charitable Trust

The Tindall Foundation


 Trusts Community Foundation 

 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) New Zealand


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