WWF Community Conservation Fund to Conserve and Restore New Zealand’s Natural Environment

WWF Community Conservation Fund
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Friday, October 9, 2020
New Zealand

Detailed Description

The WWF Community Conservation Fund supports communities to run projects that conserve and restore New Zealand’s natural environment – freshwater, coastal, wetlands, forest, and dunelands.

The WWF Community Conservation Fund is supported by the Tindall Foundation.

Aims of the CCF

  • To support community groups delivering local habitat protection and restoration projects protecting and restoring New Zealand’s most vulnerable habitats
  • To protect and restore habitats that WWF-New Zealand identifies as a priority
  • To promote increased coordination of habitat protection and ecological restoration on a catchment or landscape scale
  • To raise awareness of biodiversity and conservation in the wider community
  • To encourage communities to become guardians of their environment, becoming active partners in protecting, sustaining, and restoring our biodiversity for present and future generations
  • To increase the scale and effectiveness of community-led conservation action

Funding Information

  • A maximum of NZ$15,000.
  • Projects can be funded for up to three consecutive years

What kinds of projects are funded?

The WWF Community Conservation Fund gives preference to projects that are working to protect areas of high conservation value. The priorities are:

Areas of lowland biodiversity including:

  • Freshwater environments and their catchments
  • Coastal and dune systems
  • Wetlands and estuarine systems
  • Lowland and coastal forest and scrub communities
  • Coastal and inshore marine habitats
  • Habitats of threatened indigenous species
  • Remaining remnants of high-quality habitat

Who can apply?

  • The WWF Community Conservation Fund is targeted at local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation.
  • They do not fund national or regional umbrella groups.

Eligibility Criteria

Your organization must:

  • Be based and operating in New Zealand
  • Be a not-for-profit entity; either an incorporated society, charitable trust, company limited by guarantee (non-profit only) or a trust set up under legislation covering Maori organizations.
  • Have transparent ways of making decisions written down in a constitution or set of rules
  • Have a track record, technical competence, and experience in conservation, restoration, or land management that enables you to deliver the project, or have guaranteed ongoing support from a competent organization such as DOC, regional councils, NZ Land care Trust, etc.
  • Have relevant policies and procedures in place if your group employs staff.
  • Understand your health and safety responsibilities and have appropriate health and safety systems in place including a health and safety plan specific to this project
  • Be solvent and financially sustainable and demonstrate sound financial management having the necessary financial controls in place
  • Have your own bank account and demonstrate that you can manage funding from a number of sources, maintaining a clear separation of expenditure and tracking of projects.

Source: https://www.wwf.org.nz/what_we_do/community_funding/community_conservation

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