Funding available for local conservation groups
Local MP Stuart Smith has urged local conservation groups to apply for a multi-million dollar fund set aside to support community conservation projects.
“$4.5 million has been made available in the latest funding round of the DOC Community Fund. This could provide a real boost for community-led conservation groups and will help them grow their projects,” Mr Smith says.
The fund was set up in 2014 to distribute $26 million over four years to inspire and enable community-led conservation projects around New Zealand.
“Local groups that received funding in last year’s round are Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game, the Link Pathway Trust, Te Korowai o te Tai o Marokura Kaikoura Coastal Marine Guardians, D'Urville Island Stoat Eradication Charitable Trust, the Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust and the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust.
“These groups’ projects will greatly benefit our region. Conservation groups are an invaluable part of our communities. They help people enjoy and learn about our natural heritage and promote the value of conservation,” Mr Smith says.
“220 different projects have been awarded more than $16 million in the previous two funding rounds, helping a variety of projects including wetland restoration, weed killing and environmental education.”
“This initiative has been great for many smaller groups throughout the country, coupling community passion with DOC expertise to promote local conservation,” Mr Smith says.
Groups applying for funding will need to submit an expression of interest showing how their project fits with the purpose of the fund by 1 July. Following the assessment of expressions of interest successful applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
More details are available on the DOC website at http://www.doc.govt.nz/doc-community-fund