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Trail Fund NZ: Grant

History of award

Trail Fund NZ was initially launched in late 2012 with a $5000 grant from Mountain Bike New Zealand (MTBNZ). Since then we have developed sponsorship relationships with a range of organisations and riders all over the country have donated or purchased merchandise. Trail Fund NZ is an independent project run entirely by unpaid volunteer staff and in early 2013 became a registered charity in New Zealand.


Need funds to fuel your good work? One of our key activities at Trail Fund NZ is giving out money we have raised money from sponsors (both bike industry and outside the industry) and riders around the country. The funds are distributed to worthy volunteer-led trail projects via a relatively simple grants application process.


The primary objectives of Trail Fund NZ are to benefit the community by;
Support the development and maintenance of publicly accessible, environmentally sensitive and sustainable mountain-bike accessible trails in New Zealand.
Promote sport and recreation, specifically mountain-biking and indirectly other forms of sport and recreation which use trails (e.g. walking and running).
Support and promote public access to the outdoor and wilderness areas of New Zealand.

Number of awards

Up to FOUR Grants available.


$1,500 each maximum.


To fund your project.

Closing dates

01 April 2021
01 July 2021
Autumn Round (closing date 1 April), Winter Round (closing date 1 July)

How do students apply?

All applications are taken via email. Please read the below "Links" to help prepare your application submission.
Application Form

Further information available from

A Facebook page has been noted ("Trail Fund NZ - Non Profit Organization").

Additional information

Each funding round is different, as you’ll read in the guidelines, but to help get the conversation rolling, here are some of the things we fund:
• Wayfinding e.g. trail signage, mapboards, mapping projects, etc.
• Materials e.g. retaining materials, bridging materials, concrete, geomatting, gravel, etc.
• Tools e.g. spades, rakes, grubbers, wheelbarrows, etc.
• Safety equipment e.g. eye protection, gloves, ear protection, etc.
• Costs associated with applying for resource or building consents.
• Equipment hire e.g. compactors, power barrows, etc.
• Conservation e.g. the purchase of plants for planting in direct proximity to the trail.
• Education e.g. contributions towards workshops or conferences including travel costs for out of town expert speakers

Decision makers

Trail Fund NZ has established an independent Advisory Board that reviews all funding applications and where necessary ranks them based on specific criteria. The Advisory Board reports its recommendations to the Trail Fund NZ Executive who are ultimately responsible for all financial decisions.


You will be contacted via your application form listed contact details as soon as possible after the Executive finalises their decision.

Conditions of acceptance

You must spend the Grant money on approved items within the negotiated period invoicing Trail Fund NZ for your approved amount. Provide a short report, including photographs of your trail crew and work, that we will post on our website and Facebook page. Be available for publicity that promotes the work of the Fund.


Trail Fund NZ
PO Box 5196
Lambton Quay
Wellington 6145
New Zealand