Natural Environment Fund

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

About this fund

The fund of $80,000 per year can support projects and activities which help;

  • protect the city'sindigenous biodiversity
  • restore riparian and coastal ecosystems
  • and connect people to nature.

Past Allocations (240KB PDF)

First-time applicants

Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal:
Funding Portal - Apply Online 

Check your application status

If you've already applied for funding, you can log in to the funding portal to check the status of your application or add information.

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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


Your project makes a positive contribution to achieving the Council's Strategic Outcomes outlined in the Towards 2040: Smart Capital strategy and Long Term Plan 2015-2025. The Annual Plan for 2017/18 includes the Mayor and Councillors goals for the next three years and sets out in detail what Council's priorities are.

See The Mayor and Councilllors' 3-year work programme (Triennium Plan) on page 9 of the 2017/18 Annual 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 applicant must show that the project discernibly improves community wellbeing and adds value to the range of similar types of services in the community.

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


Priority will be given to projects that:

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


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


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 Māturanga 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


Priority will be given to projects that: 

  • Monitor the success of biodiversity activities

Contact us

Phil Railton-Jacks, Funding and Process Advisor

Phone: 021 515 514


Daniela Biaggio, Urban Ecology Manager

Mobile: 027 8030304