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JS Watson Trust

The JS Watson Trust is administered by Forest & Bird. Unfortunately we will not be accepting any applications this year.

Criteria for Assistance

  • The conservation of plants and animals and natural features of New Zealand.
  • The advancement of knowledge in these matters by way of research, literary contribution, essay or articles, or other effort.
  • General education of the public to give them an understanding and love of the world in which they live.

Please note the following: 

  • For restoration projects, the Trust will fund projects usually to a limit of $5,000 for the first application, and accept a second application with no guarantee that it will be funded. After two years the applicant should not expect further funding from this Trust, unless special circumstances apply.
  • The Trust does not fund conference attendance or thesis production.
  • Because of limited funds, the Trust normally funds less than 30% of the applications received with many deserving applications being unsuccessful.
  • Applications in which travel costs are the major item will be given a lower priority by the Selection Committee.
  • The Trust does not fund research carried out by staff of Government departments or Research Institutes.

Funds Available

Individual applications should be limited to a maximum of $5,000.


We will not be accepting any applications this year. 

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