GiC became the NZ Chapter for the Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) in 2014. SCGIS is a non-profit organisation that assists conservationists worldwide in using GIS through communication, networking, scholarships, and training.
SCGIS offers an International Scholarship Program once a year for applicants from around the world. The scholarship is designed to allow conservation GIS practitioners to attend the Esri User Conference and SCGIS Annual Conference held in California and to allow them to take specialised three-week GIS courses organised for the scholarship recipients before the conferences. These courses are provided jointly by SCGIS, Juniper GIS, Esri, and UC Davis.
GiC has been successful in helping three NZ Scholars over the past 4 years attend this training with help from Nga Whenua Rahui and the NZ Esri User Group who have helped to fund the associated travel costs for the scholars.