The Stephenson Fund was established in 2017 with the overarching objective of providing support for enhanced stewardship of covenants and to enhance our partnerships with covenantors. The fund is named after Gordon and Celia Stephenson, key founders of QEII National Trust (QEII).
Below you will find information to assist if you are considering applying for a grant via the contestable Stephenson Fund.
Please read the broader application guidelines before completing an application form. The guidelines can be found here.
We recommend talking to your Regional Representative for site-specific advice or to discuss whether your project might be eligible for funding. You can find your local representative here
If you live in the Auckland region you may be eligible for funding via the Auckland Council Fund
Please reach out to your Auckland Regional Representative to discuss this – find your Regional Representative here.
Please note, you will not be able to receive a grant from both contestable funds in the same year
The 2021 fund opens for applications 6 August and will close 3 October. All 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.
Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in receiving a grant in this round mid November 2021.
Please see the Application Guidelines for further information.
Projects that protect, restore and manage a covenant’s open space values.
The objectives of the fund are to:
Projects that have been funded in the past:
Quotes or pricing estimates are beneficial and would greatly support your application.
Some examples of when a quote should be included:
If you are undertaking native eco-sourced planting you will need to provide a species list. Eco-sourcing guidelines are available here.
Please discuss your project with your Regional Representative before applying, as this may increase your chances for a successful application.
Please talk to your Regional Representative if you require support or assistance with your application. You can find your local representative here