Direct landowner grants from the One Billion Trees Fund
These grants are designed to provide incentives and reduce the barriers to planting trees. Find out about them and how to apply.
Follow these steps to apply for a grant
Grants available by planting type
All grant rates in the table are per hectare (ha).
|Type of planting||Size||Base rate||Top-ups available*|
|Erosion prone land or land in areas that support regional development goals||Fencing||Ecological restoration partnership projects|
(for example, a mix of native trees and shrubs)
|1ha to 300ha||$4,000||$500||Up to $500||Up to $2,000|
(particularly for erosion control or as a nurse crop for an indigenous forest)
|5ha to 300ha||$1,800||$500||N/A||N/A|
|Indigenous natural regeneration
(for example, retiring land and managing it to naturally return back to trees)
|5ha to 300ha||$1,000||$500||Up to $500||NA|
(for example, planting eucalypts, redwoods, or Pinus radiata)
|5ha to 300ha||$1,500||$500||N/A||N/A|
N/A = Not applicable
Your project may be eligible for top-up rates if you are:
- assisting regeneration or planting mixed indigenous species and fencing is needed to protect your planting – up to 50% of actual and reasonable costs of fencing (capped at $500/ha)
- planting on land with a high or very high erosion risk or land in areas that support regional development goals that faces very high establishment costs – up to $500/ha
- a partnership planting project with ecological restoration objectives – up to $2,000/ha and help with other project costs.
You may be eligible for a top up if your land is high or very high erosion risk under the Erosion Susceptibility Classification (ESC) or if you provide any other farm-scale mapping or modelling with your application that identifies your land as high erosion risk.
Regional development goals
We can fund projects in any region, but a top-up may apply in priority regions. The regional development goals align with the surge regions identified in the Provincial Growth Fund:
- Bay of Plenty
- East Coast
- Hawke's Bay
- West Coast of the South Island.
You can apply for multiple areas within a single application but each area must be at least one hectare.
We will consider applications to establish more than 300 hectares in one year on a case-by-case basis. We may negotiate lower grant rates.
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We assess applications using the criteria listed in this table
|Right to plant:
You may need to give Te Uru Rākau evidence of your right to plant on the land.
Crown agencies are not directly eligible for a grant. Larger or more complex projects with a Crown agency as one partner would be eligible.
You'll need to be able to commit to a minimum period to maintain the area (typically 10 years).
Planting on forest land.
The land must:
'Forest land' is defined in the Climate Change Response Act 2002 as land that is at least one hectare that has, or is likely to have, tree crown cover from forest species of more than 30% in each hectare.
The definition includes land that does not currently have the required tree crown cover, because of human intervention or natural causes, but is likely to revert to land that meets that requirement.
In some limited circumstances, we will consider applications for planting indigenous species or encouraging reversion on land that meets the forest land definition.
|Right tree, right place, right purpose||
To ensure a strong application to this fund, your proposal needs to be consistent with the principle of the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose. You'll need to provide evidence of the suitability of your planting for the site and that it is likely to succeed. This will include a management plan.
Species that have been identified in your regional council's regional pest management strategy or in the unwanted organisms register are not eligible species. Pest species can differ between regions so you may need to contact your council for information specific to your region.
Your choice of species must also comply with any relevant regional and local provisions under the Resource Management Act 1991, as well as the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF). The NES-PF requires a suitably qualified person to complete a wilding tree risk calculator assessment if you are planting conifers.
|Minimum planted area is:
||For mixed plantings of less than 5 hectares, at least 1 hectare of indigenous trees is required. For example, a landowner who wants to plant 3 hectares of radiata pine and 1 hectare of indigenous trees can apply for a grant.|
|Maximum planted area:
||We will consider funding applications to establish more than 300 hectares in one year on a case-by-case basis.|
|Minimum canopy width:
||An exception to this is tree planting in riparian areas (planting along waterways), which may be narrower than 30 metres. Such an application will need to be supported by a credible riparian management plan, or equivalent.|
|Stems per hectare:
||We will discuss these requirements with you during the application process.|
Non-tree species (such as shrubs) are an accepted component of mixed indigenous plantings, where that is consistent with good planting practice.
Mānuka/kānuka can be funded to provide cover for erosion control or a nurse crop for an indigenous forest.
Honey production can occur but the planted area should be managed to reach 5 metres in height.
|Plantings/establishment must not receive other funding from the One Billion Trees Fund for the same tree planting activity.||Funding from other sources is allowed (such as from regional councils, philanthropic, or other central agency funding). You must declare it and funding cannot exceed the cost of the activity.|
|Management plans for natural regeneration||
If you are applying for funding for natural regeneration, you will need a management plan which sets out the change of management practice that will occur to enable reversion to occur.
This may include:
|Natural regeneration||To be eligible for natural regeneration, the area must have an adequate seed source nearby. A rule of thumb is that unstocked areas should be less than 100 metres from a parent seed source for reversion to be successful.|
Grants and the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)
If you receive a grant, you may also be able to register in the ETS.
- Being eligible for a grant does not guarantee that your trees will be eligible for the ETS.
- If your trees are eligible to be registered in the ETS, then you can register immediately, unless you are planting Pinus radiata.
- If you are planting Pinus radiata, then you will not be able to register your forest in the ETS for 6 years from, and including, the year of planting.
If you are interested in registering your grant area in the ETS in the future, then we can provide you with more information about the ETS and its specific eligibility criteria.
Prepare your application
Ensure you have read the eligibility and grants criteria and have the relevant evidence and information to submit as part of your application.
Download the application form [DOCX, 94 KB]
Sample application forms
You can apply for a partnership grant on the same form.
Submit your application
Send your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org
We aim to acknowledge that we have received and logged your application within 10 days.
Te Uru Rākau may contact you if we need any further supporting information or clarification.
Once the application is approved, we will develop a contract with you.
Find out more
- The One Billion Trees Fund
- Partnership grants from the One Billion Trees Fund
- One Billion Trees Programme
Who to contact
If you have any questions or want to discuss potential opportunities:
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