Funding opens for predator free backyard community groups

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The fund aims to empower communities wanting to rally together to remove invasive predators from their backyards.

A group of people tramping through bush
Image credit: Predator Free Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust

Are you ready to protect your backyard from harmful invasive predators like rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels, and possums? Now is a great time to get together with a few like-minded people in your community and talk about conservation goals for your neighbourhood.

We select outstanding predator free communities from around the country and give them funding to purchase trapping equipment. We also offer these groups ongoing support, information and advice.

This fantastic opportunity allows eligible groups to receive funding support for trapping efforts in their backyard. Don’t miss out on this chance to join forces and make a lasting impact.

  • Applications open on 7 February and close on 27 February (extended to 13 March).
  • Applicable groups receive between $1,000 and $5,000 in funding based on need and size of the community.
  • Only one application per community.
  • To be eligible for funding, you need to target backyards, not lifestyle blocks or farms.

Not sure if you’re eligible? If you have any questions, be sure to check out our funding FAQs.

  • Funding is available to backyard trapping groups only.
  • Funding can be used towards community spaces (marae, schools, RSA’s etc).
  • School-led groups are not eligible to apply for funding. 
  • Reserves, lifestyle blocks, farms, council and government land are not covered.
  • Programmes must target at least one of the following: rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels or possums.
  • Trap libraries are not covered.

Read more about the funding here and take the first step towards becoming part of the predator free movement.

Funding closes 27 February 2023 (extended to 13 March 2023).