Details about the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund - how you can apply, and application form


About the Fund

To help combat the decline of native species in our district, the Selwyn District Council has set up a contestable fund called the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund (SNEFund).

Its purpose is to encourage and assist landowners with voluntary work that benefits the natural environment and to support the continued identification and protection of on-farm biodiversity.

The fund will be a grant rather than a loan.

Protection of Our Natural Environment

Many farms in Selwyn have patches of vegetation that contain rare, restricted or threatened native species.

They include areas of forest, bush, tussock, scrub and wetland, many of which have been classified as Significant Natural Areas. Although many have been cleared or drained for farming, some have been left alone or actively conserved by landholders.

A growing number of landowners are protecting and restoring areas of native vegetation on private land.

First Priority

The fund's first priority is to protect those sites that have been identified by an ecological assessment as significant or potentially significant, particularly where they face threats.

Second Priority

Its second priority is to help restore, enhance and protect sites that are not yet significant, but would benefit from enhancement and protection.

These sites may be considered if the funds for significant sites do not fully subscribe the fund value.

How To Apply

Applications for the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund will close at 5.00pm on the last Friday in May.

Late submissions will be accepted but will not be assessed or considered by the Assessment Panel until the following year.

The Guidelines and Application Form below are both in small pdf documents


Application Form (PDF)

Application Form (Word DOC)

Online Application Form

More Information

If you would like to discuss your application further, please contact Andy Spanton on Ph 347-2907 or Denise Ford on Ph 347-2788 or email