Forestry funding options for farmers and other landowners

Find out what funds you might be able to access if you’re planning to plant trees on your land.

23 December 2020 – Funding application update

We cannot accept any more One Billion Trees applications. The number of applications in progress will exceed the limit of the fund if approved.

If you have applied for funding, we will contact you to discuss your application by the end of January 2021.

Existing signed contracts will progress as scheduled.

One Billion Trees Programme

The One Billion Trees Programme offers farmers and other landowners 2 funding options.

Grants to plant trees

  • Native planting ($4,000/hectare)
  • Native reversion ($1,000/hectare)
  • Mānuka/kānuka planting ($1,800/hectare)
  • Exotic planting ($1,500/hectare), as well as top-up funding for some circumstances.

Partnerships Funding

If you want to join with your neighbours to access funding, Partnerships Funding is available to contribute to the costs of project support for large-scale or catchment planting initiatives with multiple landowners.

Hill Country Erosion (HCE) Fund

The HCE Fund is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau and regional councils. It’s administered by regional councils, who can apply for up to 4 years of funding at each funding round.

The HCE Fund aims to mitigate coastal erosion, hill country erosion, and alpine/high country erosion. Talk to your regional council about what funding might be available.

Where to go for advice for additional funding

Contact your regional council’s land management team for advice on where to go for funding – some regions have additional funds you can access.

Find council contact information – Local Government New Zealand

The Department of Conservation (DOC) website has information about funding from DOC and other groups.

Apply for funding – DOC  

You should also talk to industry bodies and other groups in your region.

Federated Farmers of New Zealand

Farm Forestry Association


New Zealand Forest Owners’ Association

Tane’s Tree Trust

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