Focus for Partnership Funding projects from the One Billion Trees Fund

Find out what our 5 priorities are for projects and some examples.

Five priority areas

Priority for Partnership Funding will be given to projects that focus on one or more of these 5 areas.

1. Forestry labour and workforce development

Projects and training programmes to increase the number of trained people who can grow, plant and maintain trees. This includes improving employment conditions and getting more young people into forestry sector jobs.


  • The ManaiaSAFE Forestry School places their students in forestry companies to learn different parts of this business. Once they’ve completed training, the aim is to have the students get full-time work in the forestry industry.
  • The Ngati Hine Mānuka Training project is planting more than 400 hectares of mānuka, and providing a 2-year forestry training programme for 40 trainees. Trainees learn things like how to prepare planting sites, pick seedlings, plant them, and maintain them as they grow. This integrated project is also using a Direct Grant to help pay for the trees.

2. Advice and information for landowners

Projects that improve information and technical advice for landowners. Projects should help build understanding around using land for forest, different species options, and how to plant and manage trees.

3. Catchment-based or landscape-scale tree planting and restoration projects

Projects to restore large areas to native forest, especially those that aim to help erosion control, freshwater quality and biodiversity. These projects may also be eligible for funding through our Direct Grants.

If you’re doing a catchment-scale native restoration project, you may be eligible for a top-up of up to $2,000 a hectare in addition to the grants base rate for native planting.


  • Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) is working on large-scale native restoration projects with the Department of Conservation in places like Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and Punakaiki on the West Coast. These are community-led projects using DOC land.

4. Science, research and innovation

Projects to improve knowledge, expertise, and technology around land use, trees, and forestry.


  • The Scion Tōtara Industry Pilot in Northland is looking at the viability of creating a tōtara timber industry.

5. Seedlings and nursery production

Projects that lead to more efficient seedling production that can meet demand. We need to scale-up the production of a diverse range of tree species seedlings.


  • Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) is working with the New Zealand Plant Producers Association, an industry body for plant producers, to come up with a strategic way to increase seedling supply.
  • Minginui Nursery is working to increase production of forestry grade native seedlings to an industrial scale using specialist propagation techniques. This’ll result in the production of around 1.8 million native seedlings, and there have been wider social development outcomes for the community, including the creation of a number of full-time jobs.

Ask us if you're unsure

The One Billion Trees Fund is designed to be flexible. If you're unsure whether your project meets our criteria, send a summary of your idea to us. We'll get in touch to discuss it with you.


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