About Partnership Funding for tree projects from the One Billion Trees Fund

Partnership Funding is aimed towards projects that can improve the long-term success of tree planting in New Zealand. Find out who can apply, what you’re expected to contribute, and what to do if your project involves planting trees.

About Partnership Funding

The One Billion Trees Programme aims to support tree planting and improve the way we plant and grow trees. Partnership Funding helps achieve those aims.

The funding is for projects that’ll help establish solid foundations for the long-term success of tree planting and forestry in New Zealand. We’ll co-fund a range of initiatives.

Priority areas for funding are:

  • Forestry labour and workforce development: We’re keen to see more training programmes that teach future forestry workers how to grow, plant, and maintain trees. Or training that improves the skills of people already working in the forestry industry.
  • Advice and information: Projects that improve the knowledge of landowners about planting trees and forests as a sustainable land use.
  • Catchment-based or landscape-scale tree planting and restoration projects, including project support.
  • Science, research, and innovation projects: Those that improve knowledge, expertise and technology around trees and forestry.
  • Seedlings and nursery production: Projects designed to support seedling production to match demand.

Find out more about our priority funding areas

We're also doing special environmental projects with organisations like the Department of Conservation (DOC), non-government organisations (NGOs), and councils.

Applicants will typically need to contribute 50% of the cost towards the project. This could either be a financial share or "in kind".

Who can apply?

Any individual, non-government organisation, catchment group, Māori organisation, company, charity, research organisation, or councils can apply for Partnership Funding.

New Zealand companies, including foreign-owned companies, may be eligible if they’re looking to make investments in New Zealand.

Central government organisations can be a partner to a project, but can’t be the applicant or direct recipient of funding.

The fund isn’t designed to scale-up individual businesses unless there are wider benefits of the project, like increased employment or innovation.

Partnership Funding projects that involve tree planting

If your Partnership Funding project also involves tree planting, you may be able to also access a Direct Grant.

Direct Grants for tree planting

Any tree planting included in a Partnership Funding project will be funded depending on the species you’re planting, at the grant rates outlined in the Direct Grants funding categories.

Direct Grants funding categories

Catchment or large-scale native planting projects

If you're planning a large or catchment-scale native planting project across multiple landowners, you may be able to get project support. For example, a coordinator to help manage your project.

You may also be eligible for more funding if you’re planning a native ecological restoration project.

Up to $6,000 per hectare through Direct Grants ($4,000 for native planting plus $2,000 ecological restoration top-up.)

Examples of using Partnership Funding and Direct Grants together

Example 1

 A group of farmers wants to get together to plant trees along waterways (riparian zones) on their land, to help water quality and improve biodiversity (variety of plant life) on that site. They can:

  • apply for Partnership Funding to help with project costs like a planting plan or a project coordinator
  • access a Direct Grant to help pay for the trees.

Example 2

A real example is the Ngāti Hine Mānuka Training project. It involves planting more than 400 hectares of mānuka on Māori land. It also provides a 2-year forestry training programme for 40 trainees. This project is using:

  • grant funding to help pay for the trees
  • a partnership funding arrangement for the training programme.
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