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Environmental Grants Scheme

If you are a group or individual working to improve the health of our environment, you may be eligible for an Environmental Grant.

The Environmental Grants Scheme provides funding to support projects that improve the health of Nelson’s natural environment.

There are two funding rounds for the 1 July 2021- 30 June 2022 financial year, in August 2021 and February 2022. Applications for the February 2022 funding round opened on Tuesday 1 February and close on Friday 4 March 2022.

Grant applications for less than $5,000 have a higher chance of success, although funding of up to $20,000 is available for selected projects in any one year. 

Funding is limited so be sure to apply before the 4 March deadline.

Priorities for our February 2022 grants round are:

  • Community projects* to enhance biodiversity through pest animal control (e.g. rats, stoats, goats, possums)
  • Projects that protect and restore Significant Natural Areas
  • Projects that reduce erosion on farming and forestry land
  • Projects that restore waterway margins

*Community projects are those that involve three or more landowners and/or involve public land.

If your project doesn’t meet one or more of these priorities, or it involves work in a Nelson City Council Park or Reserve, please contact us on, 03 546 0200, to discuss your project before completing the application.

To apply, download an application form and email to

For more information about the Environmental Grants Scheme, see our page Frequently asked questions, email or call us on 03 546 0200