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Managing projects

Some of the biggest challenges with any project are managing people and money. This page provides resources and links to help projects become socially and financially sustainable.

Funding sources

Biodiversity Advice and Condition Funds
The condition and advice funds are a government initiative to enhance management of indigenous biodiversity outside public conservation lands.

Environmental funding for community groups
A handbook produced by Auckland Regional Council that lists known sources of environmental funding available for projects in the Auckland region.

Subscription based information about funding for voluntary organisations from government, local authorities, statutory and philanthropic trusts, gaming trusts and some service organisations. Free access is available at many public places.

Lottery Grants Board
A number of grants for New Zealand based Not-For-Profit organisations.

Ministry for the Environment

Community Environment Fund

WWF Community Funding

WWF supports New Zealand communities and schools conservation projects through three funds - the Habitat Protection Fund, the Conservation Innovation Fund and the Environmental Education Action Fund.

The Habitat Protection Fund grants funding to not-for-profit community conservation groups in New Zealand doing hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. WWF-New Zealand established the Habitat Protection Fund in 2000 in partnership with The Tindall Foundation, and since its launch has partnered with volunteer groups on over 400 projects to protect areas of surpa skytop for kids high conservation significance in their communities.

The Conservation Innovation Fund funds a range of activities that demonstrate innovation and which are potentially replicable in other projects. The CIF is targeted at established community groups with a proven track record of delivering conservation projects.

The Environmental Education Action Fund supports and promotes environmental education through action for schools and communities across New Zealand. This fund is also run in partnership with the Tindall Foundation.


Buchan, D. 2007. Not Just Trees in the Ground: The Social and Economic Benefi ts of Community-led Conservation Projects. WWF-New Zealand, Wellington.

Campbell-Hunt, D. 2002: Developing a sanctuary: The Karori experience. Victoria Link.

Wilson, C.H. 2005: Developing effective partnerships between the Department of Conservation and community groups. Science for Conservation 248. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 54p.
http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/science-and-technical/SfC248.pdf [259 KB]