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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

Just announced - South Pacific small grants programme​

Auckland Zoo is pleased to announce that the next round of the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund's small grants programme will focus on projects from the South Pacific. 

We're inviting applications for up to NZ$5000 for small projects (less than NZ$20,000 total cost) from Polynesia and Melanesia (excluding New Zealand) by 19 February 2017.​

Auckland Zoo is committed to growing our long term and ongoing support of conservation projects in the South Pacific. Many of our Pacific neighbours face conservation issues familiar to us here in New Zealand such as the threat of invasive species as well as habitat degradation and loss. Auckland is also a significant South Pacific city – with over 200,000 Aucklanders describing themselves as Pacific Islanders.

This small grants round demonstrates Auckland Zoo’s commitment to supporting conservation in the South Pacific. 

Downlo​ad small grants application form​​

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.

This programme of funding is open to individuals or organisations for projects in New Zealand or for projects in countries outside the First World - though applicants can be based anywhere in the world.

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:
  • South Pacific funding round deadline: 19 February 2017

 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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