AZCF Small Grants Programme

Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund

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Grant amount: Up to NZ $5,000

Next deadline: Mar 31, 2019

Later deadlines: Sep 30, 2019

Applicant type: Organizations Individuals

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Armenia Expand all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Conservation Fund

The Conservation Fund supports conservation efforts in the wild. Zoo staff established the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund in 2000 to support conservation efforts in the wild, in New Zealand and overseas.

Funds are raised from fundraising events and initiatives, proceeds from conservation product purchases, visitor admissions, experiences, donations, and sponsorship. Without your support, none of this work would be possible - so thank you!

To date, the fund has raised over $2,000,000 to support a wide variety of conservation projects aligned with the work of Auckland Zoo.

We provide financial resources for external organisations and individuals to carry out vital field conservation work in New Zealand and overseas.

Small Grants Programme

The Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund Small Grants Programme exists to help provide relatively small levels of funding for ongoing projects or pilot programmes with clear conservation value.

​Small grants will be awarded up to a maximum of NZD$5000. However, in most cases, successful grants will be in the region of NZD$2000 - $4000. The amount applied for through the programme should represent a minimum of 25% of the project's overall budget.

Auckland Zoo is pleased to invite applications for our next small grants round. The focus of this round is on freshwater. ​Projects in New Zealand or any developing country that have direct conservation benefits to freshwater plant or animal species are eligible, provided they meet the criteria outlined in our FAQs.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible projects must:
    • Have a clear conservation value
    • Be based in New Zealand or in a developing country (although applicants can be based anywhere in the world)
    • Be aligned with the geographic or taxonomic scope of the current small grants round (if applicable). From time to time our Small Grants Programme is focussed on a particular region of the world (e.g the South Pacific) or a particular group of species (e.g. Invertebrates). 


  • Project applications will score more highly during the selection process if they:
    • Are likely to have a direct conservation impact
    • Are collaborative and involve a local conservation organisation
    • Are logistically feasible, and fiscally and scientifically sound​​
    • Include an assessment of how well the project achieved its conservation objectives


  • General items not considered eligible:
    • Projects based in non-developing countries (except New Zealand)
    • Projects not aligned with the geographic or taxonomic focus of the current round of grants (if applicable)
    • Pure research (i.e. research projects must demonstrate applied benefit to conservation and/or target an identified conservation need)
    • The applicatin's attendance at a conference, seminar, workshop or meeting
  • ​​Specific examples of items not eligible within an application:
    • Thesis production costs
    • Retrospective costs
    • Prize money
    • Entertainment costs
    • Social or networking functions
    • Fundraising or general income-growth purposes
    • Debt servicing or financial costs
    • Office equipment (unless an essential element in completing field work)
    • Internships and volunteer programmes (unless benefiting an identified conservation need.)​​​​​​​
  • We have noticed a particularly high number of applications with a very similar format of providing community workshops, meetings and /or events as a mechanism to promote conservation.
    • While we remain open to this approach, generally these applications will not be considered unless:
      • They are providing a targeted approach to a specific issue.
      • Results are able to be measured.
      • And have the support of a well-known, international conservation organisation or the relevant IUCN specialist group (e.g. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group).
  • Many applications are rejected due to inaccurate or too brief budgets.
    • We recommend you put time into properly preparing your budgets including detailed breakdown of costs including hourly rates for labour associated with the project.
    • It also helps if you have checked your figures – we believe the quality and accuracy of an application will be reflected in the delivery of a project.