Indigenous biodiversity grants

Find out about the indigenous biodiversity grants we have to support private landowners protect and enhance native habitats on their land.

The programme’s purpose

Our Indigenous Biodiversity grants help Lower Hutt landowners protect, enhance and manage indigenous habitats on their land.

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.

What the grants can cover

Council can support a range of activities with the grants including:

  • pest and weed control
  • revegetation planting
  • materials or expertise.

Landowners will need to meet basic criteria to qualify.

Larger scale projects, with an agreed project plan, may be eligible for council funding.

The funding does not cover:

  • 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.

Funding details

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 in value of up to $1000 per grant from Council.

  • this can cover delivery of materials, consumables, equipment 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 up to $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 should be given to council.

What you need to do

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.

Application dates

Applications closed on 19 June 2022.

Next steps

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

Biodiversity Fund Outline (PDF 329.9KB)

Contact details