The Stephenson Fund
for Covenant Enhancement

Stephenson Fund grants are available to support landowners with ongoing management and enhancement of their protected land. We created the fund to help landowners with their enhancement projects, but also to assist when natural disasters or other extreme circumstances impact protected land.

The fund was launched on 9 May 2017, and is named after Gordon and Celia Stephenson, key founders of the QEII National Trust. The Stephenson Fund comes from our internal resources, including donations, bequests and investment income.

How the Stephenson
fund works

The Stephenson Fund is a contestable fund. Applications for funding support are made by either the landowner or a support organisation.

  • Applicants can apply for up to 50% of the total cost of a project
  • Applications can range from a minimum of $2000.00 and a maximum of $20,000, including GST.

In the event of hardship or an adverse event, these requirements may be adjusted – See the official fund application guidelines for additional information.

Landowners can apply for assistance with a wide range of projects to benefit the purpose and objectives of the protected area, such as:

  • Pest animal and ecological weed control.
  • Fencing enhancements (for example; deer top-ups).
  • Revegetation (all plantings must be eco-sourced).
  • Signage or infrastructure to support recreational use.
  • Specialist advice about the values protected in a covenant.
  • Support following extreme events (for example, slips, floods, fires, earthquakes).

Funding will not be allocated when the application is for work that is a condition of a resource consent application or similar.

Grants made under the Stephenson Fund are valid for a single year, after which the grant will be forfeited. See the application guidelines to see whether your project could meet the funding criteria.

How to

The next funding round is expected to open in early 2018.

Applications must be submitted using our application form (here). Landowners should consult with their Regional Rep before submitting their funding application. A copy of the application guidelines can be found here.

If you have any questions, please contact our Fund Administrator on 0800 467 367 ext. 823, or email