ENVIRONMENT

Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique, natural environment is healthy, protected and sustainable for future generations. We help address climate change, protect and enhance biodiversity and promote kaitiakitanga/custodianship of our whenua/land, moana/ocean and awa/waterways.

1. Background 2. What we fund 3. What we don't 4. Eligibility 5. Apply now

Background

Our wellbeing is, and will continue to be, negatively affected by climate change, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, poor water quality, native species decline and habitat loss, soil erosion, marine pollution, urban intensification and waste.

Climate change will bring more extreme weather, drought, frosts, wildfires, flooding and sea-level rise. These will affect some communities more than others, and not all will be able to manage effectively.

It is important that all New Zealanders remain connected to the natural environment.

Preserving our natural resources gives New Zealand one of the best opportunities of any country to transition to a new, sustainable economy. It is essential that any change and transition is fair and equitable for all.

Our Goals for Environment

  • To contribute to the goal of keeping global temperature rise well below 2° Celsius, as per the Paris Agreement.
  • Current and future generations will be able to swim in clean lakes, rivers and oceans.
  • Future generations will enjoy the millions of trees we plant today to help carbon sequestration, increase native plant and animal species, and improve biodiversity, ecosystems and habitats.
  • New Zealand’s future economy and communities will be sustainable with transitions that are equitable to all.
  • New Zealanders feel connected to the natural environment and understand their role as guardians.
  • The specific role of Māori as kaitiaki is recognised and traditional Māori practices of caring for the environment are understood.
  • Communities will understand environmental issues, and engage and contribute to scientific monitoring and research to help find solutions.
  • Connectivity across landscapes will bring people together to work in an integrated way to protect and restore ecosystems.

Environment Donations Support:

initiatives that deliver positive outcomes for New Zealand by:

  • Connecting people across landscapes will work in an integrated way to protect and restore ecosystems.
  • Inspiring and educating the public and encouraging communities to participate in conservation and environmental restoration.
  • Supporting experts and the public to find and implement solutions to environmental issues.
  • Taking a large-landscape approach to ecosystem management involving long-term collaboration among different groups to achieve multiple economic, social and environmental objectives.
  • Encouraging and promoting environmental movements and campaigns that develop the future sustainability of Aotearoa New Zealand’s economy and society.
  • Initiatives that address climate change and support transition to a carbon-zero economy.

Environment Donations Priorities

TTF is unable to support every application that we receive. Applicants should ensure their project fits the goals and areas outlined above, and the priorities listed below, before applying.

Projects that work in these ways and meet more of our priorities will have a greater chance of receiving support.

  • Working collaboratively for long-term sustainability.
  • Respecting the role of tangata whenua and/or indigenously led initiatives.
  • Connecting people with nature and environmental issues.
  • Long-term positive change.
  • National significance and scalability.
  • Community/public engagement.

We do not support

TTF is unable to support every application that we receive. Applicants should ensure their project fits our goals and priorities before applying.

Projects that help us reach outcomes and meet more of our priorities will have a greater chance of receiving support.

 

TTF is unable to support the following:

Core or Public Health Service:

  • Medical care, medical equipment, medical research, clinical health initiatives (within mental or physical health) or disabilities services, hospitals and hospices. This includes initiatives where the ‘entry criteria’ for service users means that they have a physical, mental health or addiction issue or are living with a disability

Core Education:

  • Core education in universities, colleges, schools, early childhood centres, including programmes, scholarships, equipment, or other activities that are curriculum-related

Research:

  • Research from outside a community without its direct involvement

Sport, leisure and recreation

  • High performance sport, sports clubs operational or programme costs, sport equipment, events, trips and competitions

The arts:

  • Including drama, art or performing arts, museums and galleries

Overseas:

  • Organisations projects outside the geographic borders of Aotearoa New Zealand, overseas travel and expenses, and exchange programmes
  • Buildings or land
  • Animal charities

Capital assets or equipment:

  • Costing over $3,000

Individuals:

  • We are unable to give donations to support individuals including scholarships, international travel to conferences, events or for research

Other:

  • Personal loans

  • Endowment funds

  • Religious or political advocacy, including religious advancement, political lobby groups, lobbying or marketing campaigns

  • Venture capital initiatives

  • Urgent or retrospective applications

  • Sponsorships

Other Donation Streams

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Community

We give donations to community groups and neighbourhoods who are leading positive change in their communities.

Family

Our work prioritises whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantage across generations.

Application process

Applying for Tindall Foundation funding is a simple process. We will guide you through the steps you need to take to apply. Please ensure you have read our exclusions and ensure your initiative fits our criteria.

Before you start make sure you have the following:

  • Your Charities Commision number if you are registered
  • Bank account number and account name
  • PDF copy of Bank deposit slip to attach to your application

Focus Areas

Please ensure that your project fits within our Focus Areas:

Eligibility Questionnaire

Firstly, you will be asked to complete a brief eligibility questionnaire. Once you’ve answered a few simple questions, we will be able to advise if, from your answers, we think you are eligible to continue your funding application.

Application

You will need to complete an online application form to apply for a donation. We advise that you make a copy of your application form as you go for your records.

You will need to describe in a clear and concise way:

  • The initiative for which you are requesting a donation
  • The plans you have to put your initiative in place
  • The people who will carry out the initiative and their qualifications/experience
  • How much money you are requesting per year and for what period of time – if the requested amount is for 1, 2 or 3 years
  • The need for your initiative and how your initiative will be meeting this need
  • The intended outcomes of your initiative and how you will know that you have achieved these
  • How the initiative will be financially sustained after the donation period
  • A budget breakdown including any other funding applied for/secured

NB: if you are applying under the Family or Environmental focus area, and your initiative is local rather than national and under$15,000 you should apply directly to your Local Donation Manager. Find out more here.

Other Donation Streams

Not sure you fit into Environment?
Try the following:

Community

We give donations to community groups and neighbourhoods who are leading positive change in their communities.

Family

Our work prioritises whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantage across generations.

Ready to Apply?

There is no closing date or donation rounds at the Tindall Foundation unless you
are eligible to receive a donation via one of our Local Donation Managers.

Because we do not consider urgent or retrospective applications, we recommend
that you submit your request at least four months before you need the donation.

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