Funding to help plant one billion trees

Find out about the types of funding available.

Flexible, targeted funding

Launched in November 2018, the One Billion Trees Fund offers $240 million in grants and funding to landowners, organisations, and communities who want to:

  • plant trees
  • revert land to native forest
  • improve the way we grow and plant trees.

Landowners have told us previous forestry funds limited their options for planting trees. Barriers included the rate of funding provided, when the funding was paid out, the type of tree planting that qualified for funding, the complexity of application processes, and the timelines for application.

The One Billion Trees Fund aims to provide flexible funding to help plant the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose. To do this, we’ve introduced more targeted grant rates to encourage specific types of planting, plus more flexible eligibility criteria. You can apply to the One Billion Trees Fund at any time.

Two kinds of funding available

The One Billion Trees Fund provides:

  • Direct Grants: For landowners to plant trees on their land or revert land to native forest. Grants are intended to cover some, but not all, the costs of planting or reversion.
  • Partnership Funding: For organisations and community groups who have ideas to support tree planting and improve how we grow and plant trees. With partnership co-funding, we’ll pay part (normally half) of the costs of your project.

You can apply for a Direct Grant and Partnership Funding for the same project, if suitable. For example, you may have an idea that involves both tree planting and ways to improve how we grow and plant trees through research or workforce initiatives.

Overview of each fund

The type of fund you choose will depend on your project.

For landowners

If you’re a landowner there are 2 options:

  • grants from the One Billion Trees Fund to contribute to the cost of planting trees or retiring your land to native forest. There are 4 grant categories available, with additional top-ups in special cases.
  • partnerships funding from the One Billion Trees Fund to contribute to project support costs for large-scale or catchment planting (planting around waterways.)

Find out more:

Direct Grants for tree planting from the One Billion Trees Fund 

Partnership Funding from the One Billion Trees Fund

For organisations and landowner collectives

Organisations can apply for Partnership Funding for new ideas that support or improve the way we plant and grow trees. This can be through research, technology and innovation, workforce initiatives, seedling and nursery production, or by providing project support for catchment restoration initiatives.

Partnership arrangements can include a collective of Māori landowners who can combine land under a trust, and have one trust work on behalf of the collective to achieve greater scale in tree planting projects. They can also include a group of neighbours with smaller properties combining their land resources to apply for funding to plant a forest.

For community groups and other organisations

Partnership Funding from the One Billion Trees Fund is available to communities for new ideas that support tree planting, improve how we grow and plant trees, or for catchment planting projects.

Communities can apply for funding to plant living memorials honouring the contribution of past and present members of the New Zealand Defence Force through Matariki Tu Rākau.

Find out more

Partnership Funding from the One Billion Trees Fund

Matariki Tu Rākau fund – community funding for memorial tree planting

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