Predator Free Backyard Communities Funding - Applications Open

Predator Free NZ - Backyard Communities Funding


Funding applications are now open for community groups that manage introduced predators in backyards. Please read all criteria before submitting an application.

About the programme

We select outstanding predator free backyard communities from around the country and give them funding to purchase trapping equipment. We also offer these groups ongoing support, information and advice.

Our goal is to have a trap in every 5th backyard in towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods in Aotearoa New Zealand who want to make their community predator free.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply for funding, initiatives must:

  • Be a backyard community group
  • Focus on trapping in backyards
  • Be based in a suburb or town, or a community of rural houses clustered together
  • Target any of the following: rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels or possums.

Backyard community groups are encouraged to include schools, marae and other community spaces, such as community and scout halls, bowling clubs and RSA’s.

This programme does not cover funding for:

  • Reserves and bush blocks on council or Department of Conservation land
  • Lifestyle blocks
  • Farms
  • Commercial land (i.e. shops).

Applications open 16 February and close 9 March 2022.

What we’re looking for

Your application will have the best chance of success if your initiative:

  • Will have a significant impact on your local community
  • Has progressed beyond concept stage, or you have taken substantial action towards setting up your backyard community group (i.e. you’ve rallied your neighbours and got their support, held a community meeting, have quotes for equipment, etc)

How much funding could we potentially receive?

Successful applicants will receive between $1,000 and $5,000.

The amount you receive will depend on the size of your backyard community group and what you are trying to achieve.

What can funding be used for?

Funds can be used for:

  • Pre-trapping accessories such as chew cards, tracking tunnels, etc
  • Traps and pre-made tunnels
  • Building supplies for making tunnels (if required)
  • Advertising & marketing materials and some event costs (by negotiation)

We provide account management services to successful communities, including purchasing and supplying products.In New Zealand, trap use is regulated by the Animal Welfare Act 1999. All traps available under our programme have met trap-testing guidelines.

What other support will we receive?

In addition to funding, we can help you facilitate and set-up your predator free backyard community programme – as needed.

Support may include:

  • Enabling you to organise community meetings
  • Setting up a Facebook page
  • Account management services
  • Providing support materials

We work with successful communities to figure out the best support for them.

When do funding applications close?

Applications for this round of funding close on Wednesday the 9th of March. Winners will be announced by Monday the 11th of April.