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Three funds offering grants for environmental work are now open and waiting for your application

The Department of Conservation, Environment Southland and QEII all have funding schemes that are now open for applications.

The DOC Community fund has approximately 4.6 million dollars a year to help support priority conservation work. The project funds on-the ground practical work such as pest control and weed control initiative. Several of our local projects have benefited from this fund in previous years, including the Omaui Landcare Trust, Stewart Island/Rakiura Coummunity and Environment Trust, Pomona Island, Forest Hill and The Hollyford Trust.

Expressions of interest are due on the 23rd June so now is the time to get your application in. See http://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/funding/doc-community-fund/ for more details.

The Environment Southland Environmental Enhancement Fund has recently been revamped. It is now easier to apply and the fund covers a wider range of restoration projects, from protecting significant habitat to creating areas of new habitat. There is no closing date for applications but the fund is first come, first serve so getting your application in now will help avoid disappointment http://www.es.govt.nz/council/funding-and-support/Pages/Environmental-Enhancement-Fund.aspx.

And finally, the Stephenson Fund is a new contestable fund recently set up by the QEII trust to help covenanters who are battling against damage from increasing pest numbers, regional weed issues or damage from natural disasters. The fund covers practical conservation work such as revegetation as well as infrastructure repairs and procurement of specialist advice. The fund is only available to people with a QEII covenant. Talk to your QEII rep or visit http://www.openspace.org.nz/Site/Managing_your_covenant/The_Stephenson_Covenant_Enhancement_Fund.aspx for funding details.