ECO Fund

Environment. Community. Otago.


Current funding round: 1 March to 2 April 2024

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What is the ECO Fund?

The ECO Fund supports community-led projects that protect, enhance or promote Otago's environment. We have a general fund for community-led environmental projects and incentives funding that targets specific environmental issues.

For 2024, the total contestable environmental grant money is $918,600, available through the ECO Fund and Incentives Funding. This is made up of:

Fund Purpose Budget
ECO Fund General   $318,600
Incentives funding Native planting after plant pest control $ 50,000
Incentives funding Native planting for water quality $ 50,000
Incentives funding Biodiversity enhancement on protected private land $100,000
Incentives funding Sustained rabbit management $100,000
Incentives funding Large-scale biodiversity outcomes $300,000

Total funding budget for 2024: $918,600

The ECO Fund supports both work on the ground and projects with an education or awareness-raising focus. Whether your project is large or small, we welcome your application.


Applications for 2024 have closed




1 March 2024: ECO Fund round opens.

2 April 2024: ECO Fund round closes.

April – May 2024: Applications are reviewed.

June 2024: Applicants are notified of our decision.


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