The Restore Hibiscus & Bays Volunteer Initiatives Programme (VIP) aims to provide funding to our network of groups, neighbourhoods, schools, and other individuals to carry out short-term projects to eradicate pests, restore native habitats and improve water quality across public and private land in the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area. This is specifically for projects that would be difficult to find funding for elsewhere, for example because they are on school land or private land along streams.
Communities can apply for funding up to around $3,000 for a project that they have identified as important to the conservation and restoration of native biodiversity in their area.
For the 2021 VIP, thanks to a grant from the Lottery Environment and Heritage, we have $40,000 available for pest plant control that is too difficult for volunteers to tackle on their own and that will require professional eco-contractors to undertake the initial control. Additional funding for eco-contractors is available for pest plant control along streams and wetlands within our focus catchments for the Restore Hibiscus & Bays stream restoration programme. We also have $10,000 that can be allocated to other kinds of restoration projects, such as monitoring tools or native planting, thanks to an Auckland Council Regional Environment and Natural Heritage grant.
We are particularly encouraging schools within Hibiscus & Bays to apply for VIP funding to help them to become pest-free schools. If you are connected to a local school in some way, please think about how you might be able to use this funding.
If required, the Restore Hibiscus & Bays staff team can support all VIP-funded projects with technical advise, pest control plans and coordination of eco-contractors.
The deadline for the first round of 2021 applications is Monday 22 March. For more information, download the overview brochure and application form below. We have a separate application form for schools.
Email Rachael at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.