The Bio-Fund is a separate stream of funding for approximately $200k within our overall Environment Fund programme.
This fund is available for landowners and community groups to support pest control on private land in Northland.
Successful Bio-fund pest control projects will develop a three-year plan between landowner(s) and/or community groups and the Northland Regional Council. The plan will assist landowners and/or community groups by providing funding for resources in year one, on the basis that the landowners and/or community groups agree to maintain the project for at least the next two years.
Monitoring is carried out by landowners with support from our Biosecurity team. Landowners will need to enter their trapping data into the www.trap.nz database and provide an annual report back to council.
How much money can I apply for and what costs can it cover?
The size of the grant will vary with the size of the project and what the values are present and being protected. The amount allocated generally ranges from <$400 for a small lifestyle block with an average value of around $2500 for larger projects such as those run by community groups or on larger properties.
The Bio-fund can cover the cost of traps, bait stations, bait/toxins, herbicides, tools, equipment and other hardware or training at the discretion of the council’s Biosecurity Manager.
Larger projects requiring more support and resources will be encouraged to register and apply for funding through councils Community Pest Control Area programmes.
What is the application process?
Please contact the Northland Regional Council in the first instance to discuss pest control funding with our Biosecurity team.
When do applications close?
Applications close in April each year and will be ranked by the Biosecurity team to determine successful applications and the funds allocated to each successful project.
Depending on interest level/ funding available an additional funding round may applications occur within a year. If the fund is oversubscribed, eligible projects will be ranked to allocate funds.