The Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF) supports local projects that aim to enhance, preserve or protect the region's natural or historic character.

He Matapuna Akoranga a Hawea Vercoe - Hawea Vercoe Memorial Fund grants are also funded through the EEF to help Kura Kaupapa Māori, Kohanga Reo and bi-lingual schools in the region with environmental projects.

We set up the Environmental Enhancement Fund to provide seed funding for community-based projects that:

  • Improve the environment.
  • Raise environmental awareness.
  • Use the enthusiasm and skills of the community.

The EEF opens on July 1st and runs on a first-in first-served basis until the fund is fully allocated. The EEF budget for the financial year is $300,000. $25,000 per financial year (July 1st to June 30th) is the maximum amount you can apply for. Projects must be on public land or land with public access to be eligible for funding, please check the operational manual below for further detail.

For further information, please contact the Environmental Enhancement Fund Coordinator on or phone 0800 884 880.


Find everything important about the EEF, if your group is eligible for funding, what EEF will and won't fund and what your project will be assessed on in the EEF Operational Manual.

Complete the Application Form and send to

Environmental Enhancement Fund projects



Maketu Wetlands


To upgrade and widen new and existing tracks at the Kaituna stop bank. Undertaking pest plan control and establishing native vegetation.

Kaharoa School


To enhance the natural environment surrounding the Kaharoa School to create ecological connectivity, learning and wellbeing outcomes for the community

Nukuhou North School


To host planting days at Nukuhou North School to promote and enhance the local environment by establishing garden beds, a greenhouse and a small nursery prioritising iconic native plant species

Halo Whakatane


To set up trapping lines and to plant natives in prepared areas of the Ōhope Spit.

Preston park


To clear out pest plants and weeds and then plant a number of natives in a hectare of Preston Park

Precious Family Reserve


To enhance the use-ability of the pond areas at Precious Family Reserve by creating a copse of natives to provide food and shelter for resident and migratory birds

Waihi Beach Environment Society


To work with the community establishing a pest trap library in the Waihī Beach area

Waiotahe Water Care


Restore the Waiōtahe catchment to promote and enable the establishment of a network of indigenous vegetation

Friends of the Blade


To establish a 300 Ha Pest Free Zone centred on the Ngamuwahine and Ngamarama Tracks in the Kaimai Mamaku Forrest Park

Kaitiaki o Taiao


To restore a wetland, plant natives and remove noxious weeds, and to install a water tank to expand the community garden in Okere Falls

Te Kura o Te Paora


To remove willow trees and replant with natives, identify and remove pest plants and implement a rodent eradication plan at Te Kura o Te Paroa


Sanatorium Restoration


To help fund the Pukeroa Oruawhata Eco Warrior Learning Group as part of the Sanatorium Reserve Ecological Restoration Project



To help the Bay of Plenty become predator free, focusing on using a pest trap library in urban areas

Whakarewarewa Pest Free Trust


To increase the biodiversity of the Whakarewarewa Forrest by trapping pests, planting natives and building Kaka nest boxes

Lakeview Golf and Country Club


To plant natives to increase the number of native birds and invertebrate population in the Lakeview Gold and Country Club in Rotorua

Preston park


For Revegetation and pest control and to provide an educational component

Te Ranga School Bush Classroom


To create a bush classroom, that promotes sustainability and biodiversity.
This includes weeding, planting, pest control and monitoring

HALO Whakatāne


To reduce pests and control weeds and to plant dunes with natives

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara


To improve the biodiversity, water quality and whakapapa connection between Ngati Kea Ngati Tuara iwi and their whenua

Waitao Kaiate Landcare Group


To reduce animal pests, so that the forest is healthy and can support populations of native s birds.

Kawerau Trails Trust


To remove pest species and to plant native species to create an ecological corridor and provide public access alongside the Tarawera River

Waihi Beach Environment Society Inc.


To reduce the number of rodents and stoats to encourage bird life

Ohiwa Reserves Care Group


To encourage more wildlife to live and breed in the area while also enhancing biodiversity and the overall visual appeal to visitors

Waihī Beach School


To restore forest vegetation whilst developing wetland planting in order to improve water quality

Whakatane Kiwi Trust


To see kiwi and other native species thrive in the Whakatāne District by trapping and monitoring pests

Manawahe Kokako Trust


To monitor kokako nesting and breeding health in the Manawahe area

Tauranga Sunrise Rotary


To install drain socks to highlight the quantity of waste entering our coastal waters. With an aim to raise awareness and promote sustainable management

Te Kohanga Reo o Patutataahi


To eradicate and control pest weeds at Te Kohanga Reo o Patutataahi

Te Takinga Marae


To plant natives and maara kai and for the erection of education signposts. This is alongside a large boardwalk project along the Ohau Channel River

Waihī Beach Broadland Block


To remove exotic weeds as part of a revegetation plan

Sullivan Lake Care Group


To improve the water quality of the lake by removing dead trees and invasive flora and planting additional natives

Te Whanau a Nuku $2,086.00 Pest plant removal between the beach and road on Ōmaio Marae
Preston Park (Christian Education Trust) $22,300.00 Continued enhancement of Preston Park conservation area, including the planting of native trees and wetland planting
Tarawera Care Group $3,241.79 Planting wetland plants and clearing of aquatic pest weeds to improve the numbers of native fish within the lower reaches of the Tarawera River
Ngā Maunga Kaitiaki Trust Board $24,928.00 To assist the restoration of the maunga through development of an effective and efficient predator control program
Te Huauri o Te Kawa $15,935.00 Infrastructure upgrade at the Kaituna stop bank to enhance the functionality, safety and longevity of Te Huauri o Te Kawa
Edgecumbe Lions Club $4,217.69 To ensure ongoing and improved public access to Onepū Wetlands for the ongoing benefit of the wider community
PiPS Regenerate Mauao $16,000.00 To regenerate Mauao/Mount Maunganui by creating a ‘Whanau Ngāhere – Family Forest’ where members of our community plant their ‘family tree’
Waikuta Marae $10,130.72 Restoring the riparian margin of the Waikuta Stream
Hekerangi Urupa TeTeko $1,581.50 Clearing and controlling pest weeds allowing for good grass growth in Te Teko
Manawahe  Eco Trust $25,000.00 Developing a predator free ecological corridor linking the Rotorua lakes to the sea, expanding existing pest control and replanting with native plants
Allandale School $9,998.43 To further increase biodiversity in Allandale school grounds, to improve the children’s and community’s connection with te taiao
Ngāti Hangarau $18,254.18 Removal of pest weeds/animals at foreshore between Hangarau Marae and Tauranga Harbour
Whakamarama Community Inc $19,021 Community pest trapping project
Ōmokoroa Community Garden $8,050 Community Garden project

Otamakaukau Kaitiaki Trust

$23,900 Awatapu Lagoon wetland planting
Tauranga Bridge Marina $10,167.15 Clean up of Tauranga Seabin through use of Seabin
Tahuwhakatiki Marae $22,334.15  Removal of pest weeds, native planting
Lake Rotomā Lake Rotoehu Community Association $5,750 Pest control trapping
Te Puke High School $14,549.47 Energy based project including solar
Preston Park – Christian Education Trust $21,298 Removal of pest weeds, native planting
Ngā Maunga Kaitiaki Trust Board $28733.90 Pest control project on Putauaki
Tauranga Girls College Kaitiakitanga Committee  $2,4476.60 Energy based project including solar
Waihī Beach Environmental Society  $2,287.35 Pest control project at Orokawa Scenic Reserve
Bay Conservation Alliance Oteora $7,366.90 Pest control project