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Natural heritage projects, plans and reports

What we may fund

Lottery Environment and Heritage makes grants for:

  • one-off natural heritage projects that protect and/or keep New Zealand’s native plants (flora) or animals (fauna) safe from harm
  • preparing plans, studies, reports or information that will help natural heritage projects and achieve results that can last a long time
  • projects that tell stories that improve our understanding of plants, animals, ecosystems and habitats.

One-off projects

The following types of project may be funded:

  • projects that restore habitats such as wetlands, forests, riparian margins (the land alongside waterways), and freshwater, marine, alpine and grassland areas
  • projects that control pests and predators
  • native plant nurseries to grow plants found locally, for use in a bigger programme to restore a habitat
  • breeding programmes, including programmes for releasing or capturing native animals
  • community education programmes, kits and materials
  • walkways, bridges and/or boardwalks to protect habitats that are at risk
  • information materials or panels to raise awareness or tell the stories of the natural world
  • other projects that will contribute to our natural heritage priorities and outcomes, and benefit communities.

Notes and other requirements:

  • Your grant request needs to show you can provide at least one-third of the total project cost. If this partnership funding  requirement is not met by the closing date, the grant is unlikely to be made.
  • You must provide a project plan and timeline and, if your project involves construction, provide simple concept drawings or floor plans.
  • Any plans, studies or reports you use to support your grant request must be by a person or organisation separate from your organisation and show they have the right experience and qualifications for the expert views.
  • Requests may include the costs of managing projects, such as employing a suitably qualsified, independent project manager, or architect’s fees for supervising a building project, or the costs of estimating and pricing the materials.
  • As well as the project budget and any extra other supporting documents required, if requesting a grant of:
    • less than $250,000, you need to provide three written quotes (or explain in writing why this isn’t possible) 
    • $250,000 or more, you need to provide:
        • a feasibility study for the project,
        • a quantity surveyor's report or a signed contract or three written quotes.
  • If your project requires resource consent, this must be approved before you request a grant, as must any other consents, permits, licences, advertisements or notifications required for projects such as pest eradication.

Project plans, studies and reports

We also fund the costs of preparing plans, feasibility studies and reports for natural heritage projects. This may include plans for restoring or protecting an ecological area or for feasibility studies to work out if a natural heritage project can be done and sustained over time.  These samples show what we would expect to see in plans and reports.

A plan for restoring an ecological area must:

  • identify the area to be restored and have a map and photographs
  • say who owns the area and any special status it has
  • say whether government agencies, including local councils, have any responsibility for the area and the project
  • describe the area, including the species that live there, and say why the area’s natural heritage is important
  • describe the condition of the area and why it needs to be restored, and provide a standard to measure the success of the project against
  • say what the restoration wants to achieve
  • assess any risks from restoring the area, such as the risk of animal and/or plant pests moving in
  • say if the project has any legal requirements, such as resource consents
  • assess any cultural concerns raised by the project
  • provide a plan for how the restoration will be done.

A pest and predator management request must have:

  • a map of the project area
  • details of the species to be targeted and the plants and/or animals being protected
  • a plan for checking and assessing the project, including a standard to measure the project’s progress against.

Notes and other requirements:

  • Requests for grants for plans, studies or reports must be for work to done by a person or organisation separate from the organisation requesting the grant, and show they the right experience and qualifications for the type of plan, study or report to be provided.
  • Requests for grants for plans, studies and reports do not need to show you have partnership funding, but must include a written quote for the work to be done.
  • Requests for grants for plans, studies or reports must not be made at the same time as a grant request for the project they relate to.
  • A grant made for a plan, study or report does not mean we agree to fund the project, programme or plan it relates to.
  • Other costs that are not funded by this grant are listed on What Lottery Environment and Heritage does not fund.

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