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small grants programme

One of the key ways we support wildlife conservation in the wild (also called field or in situ conservation), both in New Zealand and around the world, is through the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund.

Small grants programme

Small grants programme

​The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has forecast that 30% of the world's species of wildlife will disappear over the next 50 years – zoos around the world are playing a critical role in helping prevent this.

As well as supporting our own s​taff to develop or utilise their specialist skills and participate in field conservation initiatives, Auckland Zoo also provides financial resources for external organisations and individuals to carry out vital field conservation work.

One of the ways we provide ​​this financial support is through our Small Grants Programme.

Level of funding

The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme exists to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value.

​Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD$5000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD$1000 - $3000. The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project's overall budget.

Funding deadlines

We accept applications to the Small Grants Programme throughout the year, but only two rounds of grants are made.

Next fund​ing round deadline:

 Any questions?

  • Before deciding to make an application, please read our FAQs for the relevant background information and instructions:

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To apply, download our Small Grants application form below:

Downlo​ad small grants application form

​If you have any issues downloading the small grants application form, please try using the Google Chrome internet browser, or  email us and we will send you a copy of the form.​​

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