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Community Halls Fund

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This page contains information about Council's Community Halls Fund.
Updated: 19/11/2015 1:40 p.m.

​The purpose of the Community Halls Fund is to assist community hall committees in the District with facility maintenance.

How much funding is available?

$60,000 is available through the Community Halls Fund each year. The maximum grant size is $5,000.

Who can apply? 

There are 36 community halls within the Whangarei District as identified in Council’s Community Halls Strategy. You can access a list of the Community Halls, and the Community Halls strategy at the link below.

Six of these halls are Council owned buildings and apply for funding via Council’s Annual Plan process.

The remaining 30 halls are:

  • Community operated halls,
  • Have not for profit legal status, and
  • Are available for public use and/or hire.

An application can be made to the Community Halls Fund from any of these 30 halls.

A hall committee must not have already received a grant from Council’s community funding in the current financial year (excluding the Creative Communities Scheme).

If a hall committee has received a grant from Council’s community funding, they must have completed a project report to account for the earlier funding before any further applications will be considered. 

What will Council consider funding?

Types of projects or activities that could be funded:

  • Facility maintenance issues identified in Council’s 2013 Community Halls review.
  • External facility maintenance issues that have emerged since the 2013 review.

Types of projects or activities that are generally not funded:

  • Major capital improvements.
  • Operational/running costs.
  • Internal maintenance issues that are not health and safety related.

The following factors will be taken into account when applications are assessed:

  • Whether the application includes items that have been identified in Council’s 2013 Community Halls Review.
  • The current condition of the facility and it’s need of repair and renovation (quality of facility).
  • The groups financial situation (current and projected).
  • Facility usage (activities, number of users, range of uses).

How to apply

The Community Halls Fund has one round per year generally closing in March.

The fund is not advertised publicly. All 30 community hall committees that are eligible to apply to the fund are send a letter and application form at least six weeks prior to the closing date of the funding round.  

The next funding round closes on Friday 11 March 2016.

Applications must be made on the Community Halls Fund application form, and submitted prior to the closing date of the funding round in order to be considered.

Support with your application

Council offers support to help you apply to the Community Halls Fund.


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.  




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