Environment Fund

Helping with the cost of projects that protect Northland’s environment – like improving water quality and erosion control.

What is the Environment Fund?

We can contribute towards the cost (subject to criteria) for projects like:

  • Fencing off rivers, streams, drains, wetlands and coast
  • Fencing for soil conservation / erosion control and land retirement
  • Riparian planting
  • Dune restoration.

If you’re looking for funding for other types of planting, check out Te Uru Rākau’s One Billion Trees Fund to see if you qualify: www.teururakau.govt.nz

Who can apply?

Funding can be allocated to individuals and voluntary groups for eligible projects; this may include landowners, community and conservation groups, local Māori groups and schools.

Most projects need a farm environment plan first

For projects involving riparian fencing, soil conservation or wetland restoration you will need a farm environment plan before you apply to the Environment Fund.

The plan acts as an environmental priority list for a property, so we can ensure funding is going into the right things.

Find out more about our free farm environment plans

Important things to know

  • There are funding caps – based on the size of the property. Funding for small lifestyle blocks below 4ha is discretionary only, based on the issue to be managed.
  • Planning to fence off waterways? Make sure there’s an alternative stock water source before you apply for funding.
  • You can’t apply retrospectively for funding of projects you’ve already started/completed.
  • Funding is allocated based on the relative merit of the project (it’s not first in first served).
  • Projects must be of long-term benefit to the local environment and show evidence of good resource management/good farming practice.
  • Projects designed for personal or commercial profit, required under resource consent or simply to beautify a site, are not eligible for funding.
  • Boundary fencing will not be funded, unless the fence is designed to keep livestock out of a waterway which is on the property boundary.
  • There’s a limit to the number of grants you can get in successive years.

Contact us to apply

If you think your project might qualify for funding, contact us.

Our land management staff will help clarify eligibility for funding and take you through the process. 

Get in touch with one of our land management team

What we’re achieving together

Our Environment Fund has been helping people to enhance and protect Northland's natural environment since 1996.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been achieved with support from the Environment Fund in the Kaipara catchment alone.

Kaipara catchment figures 2013-2019 Environment Fund.