Natural Environment Fund

This fund supports community environmental projects that help grow our natural capital.

New Funding Portal

We've changed to a new Funding Portal; Fluxx.

If you've used our previous portal

Your username is firstname_lastname, and you will need to update your password the first time you log in.

Go to the Funding Portal

If you haven’t used our portal before

You'll need to register. Find out how to register on the Funding Portal.

Fund details

Closing date: Thursday 26 August 2021 
Contact: Kirsten Crawford, Funding Advisor: kirsten.crawford@wcc.govt.nz
Value: $50,000 per year to allocate. See past allocations (296KB PDF)


About this fund

This fund supports projects and activities that align with objectives in Our Natural Capital Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

These include projects that;

  • protect the city's indigenous biodiversity
  • restore ecosystems
  • and connect people to nature.

Priorities for this current funding round are projects that;

  • are led or developed in partnership with mana whenua
  • tackle weeds; with preference given to those species that pose the highest risks in areas of high ecological value. 

We aim to make conservation easy and meaningful. Many activities that align with Our Natural Capital, such as restoration planting and animal pest control, are supported by our operational teams. Before you spend time submitting an application, get in touch with us to see if there is an even easier way of supporting your efforts.  

Apply for the fund

If you're a first-time applicant, you'll need to register through our online portal. 

You can also check your application status if you've already applied for funding. 

Go to Funding Portal

Fund objectives

  • Protect the city’s indigenous biodiversity, restore significant areas, create safe buffer zones around them and connect them together
  • Reduce pest numbers throughout Wellington City to a point where our native species can survive and populations can expand
  • Focus on raising awareness of the issues facing indigenous biodiversity and connecting people to their natural environment

Criteria

  • Your project makes a positive contribution to achieving the Council's Strategic Outcomes outlined in the Long-term Plan 2021-2031 and Our Natural Capital Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
  • The project is Wellington-based and mainly benefits the people of Wellington. (Exceptions may be made for projects based elsewhere in the region, but which significantly benefit Wellington City residents).
  • The applicant is a legally constituted community group or organisation.
  • The applicant provides evidence of sound financial management, good employment practice, clear and detailed planning, clear performance measures, and reporting processes.
  • The applicant outlines how physical accessibility has been built into project development.
  • The applicant outlines how the project ensures access by a wide range of people or by the intended users.
  • The project should show evidence of community support, collaboration, and building partnerships with other organisations (e.g. social media interest, letters of support from other organisations/leaders).  
  • The Council respects mana whenua values and aspirations for the environment and should show how it incorporates Te Ao Māori and Māturanga Māori. 

Focus areas

Protect

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Control pest animals and plants on public land
  • Reduce the impacts of urban environment on aquatic ecosystems

Restore

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Undertake restoration work in riparian and coastal ecosystems
  • Create connections between reserves for key plant and animal species
  • Support the growing of eco-sourced plants for restoration

Connect 

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Help people engage with nature, including through community and edible gardening and community beekeeping
  • Incorporate Te Ao Māori and Mātauranga Māori, respecting mana whenua values and aspirations for the environment
  • Increase people’s awareness of nature
  • Give children and young people the opportunity to experience and learn about nature
  • Increase active participation in biodiversity projects

Research

Priority will be given to projects that monitor the success of biodiversity activities.

Contact us

Daniela Biaggio, Urban Ecology Manager

Mobile: 027 803 0304

Email: Daniela.Biaggio@wcc.govt.nz

Kirsten Crawford, Funding Advisor

Mobile: 021 631 574

Email: Kirsten.Crawford@wcc.govt.nz