JS Watson Trust

The JS Watson Trust is administered by Forest & Bird. Applications are invited from individuals or conservation groups for financial assistance for conservation projects over the 2018-2019 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.


For assessment purposes, the committee prefers typed application forms. You are invited to download an assessment form and the application procedures. Applications will only be accepted on the one page assessment form provided. The completed assessment form should be emailed or posted to the above address

  • Initial applications will be accepted from 1 May and close on 31 May
  • Those people who are shortlisted to proceed to stage 2 will be notified and provided with a detailed application form – the closing date for the second application stage will be 31 July.

Stories about successful applicants and their projects may be published in an edition of Forest & Bird magazine.