The Auckland Council Fund
for covenant enhancement

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September.

Thanks to the generous support of Auckland Council, 2022 is the third year QEII will run the contestable Auckland Council Fund. The objective of the fund is to enhance biodiversity values in registered QEII covenants in the Auckland region.  

Below you will find information to assist if you are considering applying for a grant via the Auckland Council Fund. You will also be required to read the Terms & Conditions of the fund before completing an application form

Please talk to your Auckland QEII Regional Representative for site-specific advice or to discuss whether your project might be eligible for funding. You can find your local representative here. 

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 
If you are considering applying, please read the full Terms & Conditions of the fund
here

If you are applying for funding on behalf of the landowner(s), an email or letter from the landowner(s) consenting to the project and any potential associated publicity must be submitted with your application.

You will not be eligible to receive a grant this funding round if you have funds still to be utilised via the previous round of the Auckland Council Fund.

Please discuss your project with your Regional Representative for their advice and input before applying, as this may increase your chances of a successful application

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 
Applications must be submitted before the closure date to be considered.  
 

Projects must be designed to be completed within 12 months of a successful grant application being confirmed, unless you are planning a multi-year pest plant control project. 

If you are applying for a grant to support a multi-year pest plant control project, your project plan can be up to three years. If you are successful in receiving a grant, your grant will be allocated across each year of the project (to a maximum of three years).  

Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful in receiving a grant through this funding round by the end of October 2022.

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 

The objectives of the Auckland Council Fund are to: 

  • Enable improved protection and management of indigenous biodiversity on covenanted land 
  • Align and support landscape scale action and connectivity for indigenous biodiversity 
  • Improve protection of biodiversity focus areas 

Projects that have been funded in the past include:  

  • Pest animal and ecological pest plant control  
  • Revegetation  
  • Kauri disease deterrence 

Projects that meet the fund’s criteria will be evaluated and scored against the extent to which they provide for improved protection and management of indigenous biodiversity or biodiversity focus areas. 

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 

You can apply for a minimum grant of $2,000 and a maximum grant of $23,000 (figures incl GST). 

The Auckland Council Grant may cover up to two-thirds of project costs. Applications must include minimum one-third financial or in-kind contribution towards project costs from the applicant For example: if your project’s total value is $9,000 you can apply for a $6,000 grant and must contribute a minimum of $3,000 (financially or in-kind).

If your project budget includes funding from another source this information should be included in Section 4 of the application form: Budget Outline. If your project’s budget does include funding from another source, your contribution must meet the minimum one-third of the remaining project costs.

Due to a limited amount of funding available, in some situations QEII may offer applicants a ‘partial funding’ grant. 

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 

A budget must be included with your application. Quotes or pricing estimates would be beneficial and may significantly support your application. Some examples of when a quote should be included:   

  • A contractor is undertaking some or all of the project actions  
  • Purchasing a product direct from a supplier (e.g. traps, plants, materials) 

If you are undertaking native eco-sourced planting, you will need to provide a species list. Eco-sourcing guidelines are available here. 

Remember to discuss your project with your Regional Representative before applying as this may increase your chances of a successful application   

Applications for the Auckland Council Fund 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September.
Applications for The Stephenson Fund 2022 closed on Sunday 28 August. 

This year The Auckland Council Fund is being run in parallel with QEII’s annual contestable fund, The Stephenson Fund.

The Stephenson Fund supports projects across the country which provide for stewardship, engagement with covenants, and the ecological enhancement of covenants. You can find further information and guidelines on The Stephenson Fund here

For covenants in the Auckland region, applications that serve to protect, maintain, or enhance biodiversity values should apply to the Auckland Council Fund, whilst those with broader covenant objectives could apply to The Stephenson Fund.

Please talk to your Regional Representative who will help you choose the correct fund to apply to.  

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 

Then complete the online application form.

If you are unable to use the online form, please download the form and email your completed application to:  aucklandcouncilfund@qeii.org.nz

If you are unable to use either of the options above, please print and post your completed application form to:
The Auckland Council Fund Coordinator, QEII National Trust, PO Box 3341, Wellington 6140

Please talk to your regional representative if you require support or assistance with your application.  You can find your local representative here.

The information supplied in your application will be stored securely. You can further access information on our privacy policy here on our website.

If you have any queries about the application process, please email:  aucklandcouncilfund@qeii.org.nz 

If you would like any advice on your proposed project, please contact your Regional Representative.

Applications for 2022 closed on Sunday 11 September. 

If you are considering applying, you will be required to read the following terms and conditions before completing the application form.