Eligibility, assessment and guidelines


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Eligibility, assessment and guidelines


One application per category is permitted annually from community organisations, businesses, landowners (including farming, forestry, winegrowing) and individuals. Previously successful applicants are eligible to apply for another phase of the project, not maintenance from a previous planting.


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. Favourable consideration will be given to applications where at least half of a project’s funding has been secured from other sources.

Habitat Marlborough: 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 $10,000 per applicant in any one year.

Protecting Marlborough: 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.


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.
  • Where plantings are part of the application, preference will be given to those that demonstrate funds are used directly for plants and establishing habitats.

What can be funded

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

What can’t be funded?

  • Planting labour, weed control equipment or fencing.
  • Work completed prior to grant approval, 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.