This programme is looking for enthusiastic communities that want to make their backyards predator free and help native species thrive. There are no funding rounds currently open at the moment however, if you would like to be advised of future funding rounds, email us.
To be eligible to apply for funding a community should be a cluster of urban or rural households wanting to target rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums. The programme doesn’t cover reserves, lifestyle blocks, farms, council or government land and excludes the use of toxins.
Kiwibank funding provides successful applicants with a subsidy on humane traps and pre-made tunnels and will help fund and provide support materials for your community programme. Humane traps have been tested and approved by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC).
Who can apply for Kiwibank funding?
Anyone can apply for funding – you don’t have to be a registered charity or conservation group. You just need to get together with a few like minded people in your community, work out what you’re aiming to do and how you plan to do it.
What support will we receive from PFNZ Trust?
We are here to help you facilitate and set-up your predator free community programme. Support may include helping to organise community meetings, setting up a Facebook page, account management services, purchase of products and provision of support materials. We will work with successful communities to figure out the best support for them.
Does funding cover both rural and urban communities?
Both rural and urban communities can apply, however it’s important to note that this programme doesn’t cover reserves, lifestyle blocks, farms, councils or government land and excludes the use of toxins.
How much funding could we potentially receive and what will it cover?
Successful applicants may receive up to $5,000. The amount you receive will depend on the size of your community and what you are trying to achieve. We will discuss individual needs with each successful community.
Kiwibank funds can be used to subsidise the purchase of traps and pre-made tunnels. Pre-trapping accessories, building supplies for making tunnels, advertising & marketing materials and some event costs (these by negotiation) can be purchased using Kiwibank funds. All traps available under this programme are NAWAC tested and approved.
What is NAWAC?
In New Zealand humane traps are those approved by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC). PFNZ and Kiwibank only endorse the use of NAWAC tested and approved predator traps. We believe the most effective and humane way of eradicating predators is to kill instantly. NAWAC tested traps meet the highest humane standard, use scientific & technical knowledge in testing and follow good practice to meet community expectations.
How does the subsidy work?
Kiwibank and PFNZ require Kiwibank Predator Free communities to offer affordable traps rather than free traps. Prior experience has shown us that if people have to invest a small amount in their trap they show more ownership and continue trapping for longer than if they are given free traps. In some communities this investment might be in time rather than financially.
How do we source products?
PFNZ will provide account management services to successful communities, including the purchase and supply of products.
Kiwibank are sponsoring this programme, what are their expectations?
Both Kiwibank and PFNZ are keen to share your stories about your predator activities – the good, the back and the ugly. This helps others learn from your experiences and may encourage other communities to take up the predator free challenge.
We are keen to know how you are doing i.e. are you making any progress? So they are interested in seeing your results, the changes you are noticing etc.
Kiwibank staff are keen to help support this movement, so if you need some extra hands your local Kiwibank staff could be keen to be involved.
What about pets?
Great care is being taken to avoid harm to our pets. All the rat traps we supply come in tunnels that protect pets (and kids) from the trap itself.
As the leader/coordinator of the group what If my circumstances change or I want to handover responsibility?
This is a great question and something worth considering when setting up your community group and making your plan. You need to think about the support around you. It often works if there are a couple of leaders so there is a bit of backup. You can’t do it all on your own so it helps to have a few people around you to encourage others to get involved