Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao

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Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao

About the grant

In September 2020, Marlborough District Council made it easier for the community to restore and protect native habitats through the creation of a new grant scheme: Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao. These new grants were created to encapsulate and build on the success of the popular Tui to Town programme and Greening Marlborough pilot programme.

This grant scheme is just one of the many biodiversity and environmental programmes run by the Council to celebrate the wide range of flora and fauna that’s not only unique to New Zealand, but found only in our region! Marlborough has been identified as one of five centres of biodiversity in New Zealand due to the concentration of endemic species. The southern part of Marlborough is home to species that have evolved in the dry, rocky conditions. In the north, Marlborough Sounds offer a spectacular collection of forests, wetlands and coastal habitats.

Find out more about our biodiversity and environmental programmes

This grant scheme not only encourages community-led participation, but it also encourages a collaborative effort. By working together, we can create enduring outcomes to restore and protect native biodiversity in our region.

Applying for a Marlborough District Council Environment Grant

This new $70,000 grant scheme will consider projects that would have fallen under the previous Tui to Town and Greening Marlborough programmes, and expand the funding to additional projects to protect and restore native habitats. Favourable consideration will be given to applications where at least half of a project’s funding has been secured from other sources.

Online applications are accepted via the online application form below. Please note, the online application will only be available during the application period.

Applications for this contestable fund opened on 3 November 2020 and closed on 27 November 2020. Successful applicants will be notified of their outcomes by Christmas. This grant scheme is administered by the Environment Committee sub-committee with the support of community representatives.

Habitat Marlborough: $25,000 per year

These projects will restore native habitats and improve biodiversity and freshwater quality. The focus would be on planting areas where there is little native vegetation, as well as waterway and wetland margins. It incorporates the Tui to Town and Greening Marlborough programme with grants of up to $5,000 per applicant in any one year.

Protecting Marlborough: $45,000 per year

These projects control animal and plant pests that are threatening native wildlife and habitats. Grants are up to $15,000 per applicant in any one year.

Who can apply?

One application per year per category is permitted from community organisations, businesses, landowners (including farming, forestry, wine growing) and individuals. Partnership projects can be applied for by an umbrella organisation.

Application Assessment

All projects must comply with the terms and conditions. Applications will be assessed based on benefits to a healthy environment, project viability, level of collaboration from outside sources, ongoing maintenance for the project, and how well the project aligns with the goals of the grant scheme guidelines, provided below.

Terms and Conditions

  • Projects must be of direct benefit to people of the Marlborough district and take place within Marlborough.
  • Each application is considered based on its merits.
  • Landowners can provide labour but work must be carried out to the standards in the South Marlborough and North Marlborough planting guides.
    See South Marlborough planting guide
    See North Marlborough planting guide
  • All plantings must consist of native plants grown from a suitable local sourced seed or plant material.
  • The applicant is responsible for ongoing maintenance of plantings, including watering and weeding.
  • The applicant will be required to supply photos to Council immediately after planting and again 12 months later.
  • Plantings will be completed within the specified time period, maintained according to good husbandry practices, and protected for a minimum of five years.
  • Council staff (or contractors) may inspect the plantings annually, provided they notify the landowner a minimum of five working days prior.
  • Details of funded plantings will be included in the Marlborough District Council’s Geographic Information System (GIS) database of plantings, which is available for public viewing.
  • GIS information may be anonymously aggregated and provided to Government agencies to help understand the extent of environmental rehabilitation in the region.

Grant Scheme Guidelines

In addition to the terms and conditions, the following guidelines will be considered when assessing applications, including what can and cannot be funded:

  • A joint funding arrangement is preferred, cash or in-kind contributions, and/or collaboration from outside sources.
  • Where pest control is part of the application, preference will be given to those that demonstrate ongoing and sustainable environmental or economic outcomes.

What can be funded

  • Projects on public, private or Māori land.
  • Purchasing and planting native species.
  • Fencing, plant guards and stakes for native plantings.
  • Pest traps and other pest management devices.
  • Weed control equipment and chemicals.
  • Professional ecological and technical advice.
  • Co-ordination of community-led environmental projects.
  • Annual applications to expand plantings (not maintenance).
  • Individual projects within larger, multi-year programmes of work.

What can’t be funded?

  • Work that has already been completed, including past purchases.
  • Exotic plants or native plants not naturally found in the Marlborough region.
  • Work that is required as a condition of a resource consent or mitigation, subdivision consent, entitlement application or other legal requirement.
  • Projects that are part of a known future subdivision consent application.
  • Beautification projects that do not contribute to biodiversity improvement.
  • Maintenance of previously awarded grants.
  • Projects that interfere with floodway requirements, e.g. planting on stopbanks.
  • Single projects that have already received establishment funding from Marlborough District Council or other funding body.

Accounting for Your Grant

Accountability for funding received needs to be provided by grant recipients to be eligible for future funding. An accountability form will need to be completed and returned once the money is spent.

More information

For further information or assistance, please contact:

Jorgia McMillan
Phone: 03 520 7400

Working for Nature/Mahi mō te Taiao Application Form

This application form will open again in 2021.

The application will require a project name, description, location, timing, desired outcomes, expected ongoing maintenance, project costs, supporting documents and other information relating to your grant application. Terms and conditions must be agreed to accept funding; this acknowledgement is in the application.