What is the programme’s purpose?
Our Indigenous Biodiversity grants help Lower Hutt landowners protect, enhance and manage indigenous habitats on their land.
Council can support a range of activities with the grants including pest and weed control, revegetation planting and may include providing materials or expertise. Larger scale projects with an agreed project plan may be eligible for Council funding. Landowners will need to meet basic criteria to qualify.
We know landowners often have a deep knowledge of their land and have already considered how they want to manage biodiversity. If you want to develop a project plan, we can help. A project plan makes it easier to make biodiversity gains and streamlines funding applications.
Council has set aside funds until the end of the 2021/22 financial year. These will be available as grants to help landowners protect, enhance and manage indigenous biodiversity on their land. Grants will be available in two tiers:
Tier One: maximum contribution of $1000 per grant from Council.
This can cover delivery of materials or services, or as a rebate for work done. You can also use it to develop project or property management plans, which are required for Tier Two grants.
Tier Two: maximum contribution of $20,000 per grant from Council, for projects or properties with a suitable management plan.
A plan needs to include a project overview with targets/aims, a project timeline and measurable outcomes. Exceptions may be made for larger proposals that have exceptional biodiversity impacts. Once a project is completed, an agreed project completion report will be given to Council.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for funding, you must own the property the activity is to be carried out on, and you must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- The activity area contains or adjoins areas of indigenous vegetation greater than one hectare.
- The activity area contains or adjoins wetlands, waterways or water bodies.
- The activity area contains or provides habitats for organisms that are threatened, at risk or is data deficient as defined by the New Zealand Threat Classification System by Te Papa Atawhai - Department of Conservation.
- Tier Two applications also require a property management plan or a project plan.
The funding is not intended to support the following activities:
- Projects designed to comply with a resource consent or other consent conditions.
- Planting of exotic or non-local vegetation or nursery cultivars.
- Major changes to the activities in the application may require a new funding application at the discretion of Council’s Ecology Advisor.
The next round of applications open on Monday 15 June 2020 and close on Friday 31 July 2020.
The fund is open for applications twice a year in April and November. The 2020 applications have been delayed due to the impacts of Covid-19.
How do I apply for funding?
To apply for funding, complete the Indigenous Biodiversity Grant Application Form.
What happens once I've applied?
Once you’ve applied, Council’s Ecology Advisor will assess your application. Tier Two applications will also be reviewed by an Indigenous Biodiversity Fund Working Group.
For more information about the fund, download the Biodiversity Fund Outline (PDF 329.9KB) or email email@example.com