One Billion Trees Fund

The One Billion Trees Fund supports individuals and groups across New Zealand to plant trees or manage land sustainably. Te Uru Rākau's role is to work in partnership directly with landowners and organisations who want to achieve the goal of planting one billion trees by 2028.

Two types of grants

The $240 million fund was launched on 30 November 2018. It will be distributed through 2 types of grants:

How this fund is different from other forestry funds

Landowners have told us that there are a number of barriers that are limiting their approach to tree planting.

We aim to provide a flexible system to help plant the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose. The fund has:

  • more targeted grant rates to encourage specific types of planting
  • criteria that will help advance best practice.

The fund is also focused on partnering with organisations and groups to enable an increase in tree planting – whether through research, innovation, or sector development.

We will take applications all year round – you can apply at any time.

Direct landowner grants

Direct landowner grants will provide simple and accessible direct grants to landowners. The grants will contribute to the cost of planting and establishing trees and fostering indigenous regeneration.

We have set funding grant rates to encourage planting of native trees, trees for erosion control, and environment-focused planting.

The One Billion Trees Programme is focused on the successful establishment of trees – this requires appropriate land preparation and ongoing maintenance (including weed and pest control).

Partnership grants

Partnership grants will create an even closer working relationship with partners from regional councils, sector organisations, non-government organisations (NGOs), researchers, training organisations, Māori landowners, and community groups.

As well as direct tree planting grants, the One Billion Trees Fund will invest in projects that will enable increased tree planting.

We will work with partners such as regional councils, sector organisations, environmental non-governmental organisations, researchers, training organisations, Māori entities, community groups, and key government agencies. We will also support options to scale up some native regeneration projects.

Find out more about the fund

More trees bring many benefits

The benefits of planting one billion trees include:

  • climate change mitigation
  • regional economic development
  • erosion control
  • ecological and landscape restoration
  • skills and workforce development.

Who to contact 

If you have questions about this fund, the grants, or eligibility criteria:

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