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Westpac Water Care Project

NZ Landcare Trust and Westpac New Zealand are supporting catchment groups across Aotearoa New Zealand to achieve their locally developed environmental, community and economic goals with the Westpac Water Care Project. 

Each year, six grants of $10,000 each are available to catchment groups across the Upper North Island, Eastern North Island, Central New Zealand, Canterbury, Otago-South Canterbury, and Southland to support sustainable initiatives for rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

Criteria for funding

  • Small to medium emerging catchment group (not necessarily a legal entity)
  • Not already resourced for the support being requested
  • Strong local landowner/land manager engagement
  • Can demonstrate an intention to engage with tangata whenua
  • Potential opportunities for good ecological outcomes
  • May need volunteers to achieve outcomes

Applications are now open and close 28 June 2024.  APPLY HERE: Westpac Water Care Project Application Form Word

Previous grant recipients

Since its inception in 2022, the Westpac Water Care project has provided funding for a range of initiatives, including: maintaining an extensive landscape-scale predator control programme in Te Tairāwhiti, restoring īananga spawning sites along a river in Northland, providing benchmark river monitoring in Canterbury and Otago, protecting a significant lake system in Marlborough, and more.