Funding categories

The ECO Fund is made up of six funding categories that aim to support our Otago community caring for the environment. Please check the table below to decide which is best for your project.

Note: If your application is eligible for more than one category, please only select one category in your application. We will move your application to the most suitable/undersubscribed category to give you the best chance of success.

For more information about how your project will be assessed, see the ECO Fund Assessment Criteria.

 

Funding categories for 2024 round

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Projects that must be completed by June 2025

Funding category

Description

Funds available

Further information

Large-scale biodiversity outcomes

This fund is for projects with large-scale or significant biodiversity outcomes.

Projects may involve pest management, habitat enhancement, protection of high value areas, etc.

Projects –$50,000 to $150,000

Total available – $300,000

For more information regarding the priority tiers for these projects, see the Spatial Prioritisation informing Biodiversity Management in Otago report.

 

 

Projects that must be completed within three years

Funding category

Description

Funds available

Further information

ECO Fund General

The ECO Fund supports projects that protect, enhance or promote Otago’s environment. Projects must engage or involve the community.

Projects – up to $50,000

Total available – $318,630

Learn more about what you can get funding for.

Native planting after pest plant control

This funding targets native planting or regeneration after the removal of pest plants (such as wilding pines, gorse, broom, sycamore) or plant “organisms of interest” listed in the Regional Pest Management Plan.

Projects – up to $15,000

Total available – $50,000

Learn more about the Regional Pest Management Plan.

Native planting for water quality

This incentive fund targets planting or regeneration of native vegetation in riparian areas to improve water quality.

For example, riparian revegetation to address nutrient run-off or sedimentation entering waterways.

Projects – up to $15,000

Total available – $50,000

You can find information about areas of declining water quality in the ORC’s State and Trends of River and Lake Water Quality Report.

Biodiversity enhancement on protected private land

This fund supports Otago landowners whose land has protected biodiversity values to maintain or enhance those values.

Individual landowners can apply for this fund and do not need to engage or involve the community.

Protected private land could include covenants (such as QEII covenants or Ngā Whenua Rāhui kawenata), Significant Natural Areas or Regionally Significant Wetlands scheduled in District or Regional Plans.

Projects – up to $15,000

Total available – $100,000

For this fund, private land is defined as land not in public ownership i.e., freehold and/or Māori-owned land.

It does not include Public Conservation Land, council reserves, LINZ-administered land e.g., Crown Pastoral Lease, or Pamu (Landcorp).

Sustained rabbit management

This fund supports long-term coordinated community-led rabbit management. It enables community groups or groups of neighbours to improve rabbit management in their area.

Note that we give higher priority to community groups or groups of neighbours working collaboratively than fencing costs.

Projects – up to $50,000

Total available – $100,000

Rabbit control costs (trapping, poison, shooting, etc) will not be funded through this grant.

Refer to “Examples of community led rabbit activities” for more information about what can be funded.

 

 

Further information to read and review before applying: 

 

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