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This page contains information about grants from Council's Community Fund.
Updated: 12/07/2016 10:27 a.m.

The purpose of the Community Fund is to assist not for profit community groups that are undertaking a project or event which is aligned to Council’s Community Outcomes, and that benefits the wider community or a sector of the community.

2016-2017 Community Fund rounds

Round 1 - closed.
Round 2 - opens February 2017 (closes April 2017).

Guidelines 2016-2017 Community Fund round 1.pdfGuidelines 2016-2017 Community Fund round 1.pdf [105kb]

Support with your application

Council offers support to help you apply to the Community Fund in the form of guidelines and templates, workshops, and one-to-one assistance.


If you require any assistance or would like to discuss your application before you submit it, please contact the Community Funding Officer, phone +64 9 430 4200.  

How much funding is available?

$60,000 is available through the Community Fund in 2016-2017. The maximum grant size is $10,000.

Who can apply? 

An application can be made from any not for profit group with legal status, or working under the umbrella of a group that meets these criteria. 


  • Must not have already received a grant from Council’s community funding in the current financial year (not including the Creative Communities Scheme).
  • Must not have a bad credit record.
  • Must display appropriate financial management and procedures.
  • Previous track record of funding from Council must be positive.
  • If you have previously received a grant from Council’s community funding, you must have completed a project report to account for the earlier funding before any further applications from you will be considered.

What projects will Council consider funding?

The Community Fund is to fund projects, not ongoing operational expenses.

The project/event must:

  • Take place within the Whangarei District.
  • Contribute to one or more of Council’s Community Outcomes.
  • Benefit the wider community or a sector of the community.
  • Not have started before funding is approved.

The project/event must meet one or more of the following relevance criteria:

  • There is an identified need for this project/event.
  • Creates opportunities for local residents/communities to actively participate in or attend the project/event.
  • Has a broad appeal to the wider community.
  • Has a youth development focus.
  • Attracts visitors to the District.
  • Generates economic benefit for the District.

Types of projects or activities that could be funded:

  • Festivals, community celebrations, workshops and seminars.
  • Venue hire.
  • Lighting and sound.
  • Publicity/advertising.
  • Materials (such as those required for facility improvements where the work is completed by community volunteers).
  • One-off personnel costs (such as guest tutor, artist or facilitator fees).

Types of projects or activities that are generally not funded:

  • Facility development (such as facility improvements and/or extensions where the work is carried out by contractors).
  • Purchase of capital items (such as vehicles, ovens/stoves, fridges, office furniture, computers, printers, photocopiers).
  • Ongoing administration and service costs (such as rent, salaries, power, telephone).
  • Catering costs or any food or refreshment costs associated with the project/event.
  • Travel and accommodation costs (such as airfares, petrol, vehicle hire, hotel costs).
  • Payment of royalties.
  • Prize monies, trophies or awards.
  • Fundraising activities or related costs.
  • Retrospective costs.
  • Debt Servicing.



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