The following eligibility criteria is for organisations wanting to apply for funds from Kiwis for kiwi

  1. If you are applying as part of an organisation you must fall within one of the following organisational classifications:
    • University, zoo and/or recognised research facility
    • Registered charitable trust, charitable foundation, or charitable organisation
    • Incorporated society
    • Kiwi conservation group, association, or society
    • Landcare group
  2. We will also fund any individual* who can deliver on the activities Kiwis for kiwi These individuals would perform their work that supports kiwi conservation via a legally binding contract.
  3. The Trust will pay funding grants to and in the name of the funded applicant.
  4. All kiwi-related conservation work undertaken by an organisation must be properly permitted under the Wildlife Act as administered by the Department of Conservation.
  5. Successful applicants are expected to report on the use of funding on an annual basis and to provide receipts or evidence of expenditure if requested.

*This is an update to our funding policies, as previously, individuals were not eligible for funding by Kiwis for kiwi. Provided an individual is doing work that meets the goals and objectives of Kiwis for kiwi and operates with all legal requirements in place (ie permits, insurance and health & safety plans), they will not be excluded from funding.

Please Note: Work undertaken by the Department of Conservation is no longer eligible for funding from Kiwis for kiwi.

Kiwis for kiwi will now be offering Multi-year funding grants to support those groups and individuals that have established, proven-effective projects.
Here are the criteria specific criteria:

  • Project has been successfully operational for three or more years
  • Organisations must fall within one of the following organisational classifications to be eligible:
    • University, zoo and/or recognised research facility
    • Registered charitable trust, charitable foundation, or charitable organisation
    • Incorporated society
    • Kiwi conservation group, association, or society
    • Landcare group
  • Individuals as long as the meet all the other criteria are able to apply for multi year funding.
  • Projects must have in place measurements to prove effectiveness.  Examples include reduced residual pest numbers, kiwi population increase (measured via monitoring/ONE) or measurable decrease in reported dog-related kiwi deaths
  • Have a business plan and budget – please supply in the supporting documents
  • Support best practice (predator control, kiwi handling etc)

If you believe that you meet the criteria above we welcome you to apply for multi-year funding.

We will prioritise funding to projects that meet the above criteria and that are, or have the ability to, link with other conservation projects in their area to achieve large scale protected areas and/or safe corridors for kiwi.

Kiwis for kiwi follows the annual funding cycle described below. It is based on a funding year beginning in July

When Description
Available now
Updated funding criteria, terms and conditions made available on the Kiwis for kiwi website
1st March Funding applications open
8th April
Funding applications close
April – May
All applications are assessed by the Kiwi Recovery Group, and recommendations made to Kiwis for kiwi
May / June Trustees meet to consider funding recommendations and approve final funding allocations
June All funding applicants notified of the outcome of their bids by the Trust’s executive director