A number of government departments fund projects that help the environment. Find out about these funding opportunities.
Department of Conservation
The Ngā Whenua Rāhui Fund supports conservation projects by tangata whenua groups.
The DOC Community Fund - Pūtea Tautiaki Hapori is designed to inspire and enable community-led conservation work. The fund is directed at practical on-the-ground projects.
The Nature Heritage Fund provides contestable finance for projects that protect ecosystems of high ecological value on private land either by direct purchase or covenant.
Department of Internal Affairs
Crown funded schemes [Community.matters.govt.nz].Information on community funding administered by the Local Government and Community Branch of the DIA is available at
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Ministry for Primary Industries
Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures invests with others in innovative projects to grow New Zealand's food and fibre industries sustainably.
The Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research Programme helps the agriculture and forestry sectors with the challenges arising from climate change. Each year MPI approves a number of priority topics.
The Irrigation Acceleration Fund primarily supports regional rural water harvesting, storage, and distribution infrastructure.
The Sustainable Land Management Hill Country Erosion Programme helps protect erosion-prone hill country. It provides leadership and targeted support to regional and unitary councils.