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This page contains information on Council's funding support for community groups.
Updated: 16/10/2017 12:49 p.m.
 

Whangarei District Council supports community groups for a variety of events and activities through our community funding scheme.

We want to hear from not-for-profit, volunteer community groups and organisations who are working to benefit their community.

What we offer

Whangarei District Council offers grants, rent concessions and low-cost community loans. A brief description, closing dates, and related forms are available below.

We can also give you advice on your project, connect you with the right people at Council, and connect you with funders. Contact the Community Funding Officer to make an appointment.

Application and Report Forms

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then either:

  • print it, complete it by hand and send or deliver it to us; or
  • fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.
  • if you require a Microsoft Word version, please email the mailroom@wdc.govt.nz.

Community Fund

Round 1 - Closed ; Round 2 - Closes 23 March 2018

For projects and events such as festivals, community celebrations, workshops, working bees. Maximum grant is $10,000, and the average grant is $2,500 from a total available fund of $75,000 over two funding rounds.

​Guidelines [244kb]

Funding Application Form [389kb]

Accountability Report Form [132kb]

Performing Arts Fund

Round - Closes 6 October 2017

For community groups undertaking a major performing arts event, including major theatre, musical or dance productions, major performing arts pieces or multi-day performing arts events. Maximum grant of $5,000 from a total available fund of $15,000.

Guidelines [243kb]

Funding Application Form [389kb]

Accountability Report Form [132kb]

​Resident and Ratepayer Administration Fund

Round - Closes 8 December 2017

To assist resident and ratepayer groups in the Whangarei district that advocate for residents in their local communities. The administration grant recognises the group's contribution to their community and to Council. A set grant of $700 per group.

Application Form and Guide [219kb]

​Community Halls Fund

Round - Closes 15 December 2017

To assist community hall committees with maintenance of those halls identified in Council’s Community Halls Strategy. Maximum grant of $5,000 from a total available fund of $60,000.

​Halls Application Form [308kb]

Halls Accountability Report Form [123kb]

Community Halls Strategy (2007) [523kb]

Annual Operating Fund

Round - Closes 23 February 2018

To provide ongoing operational support to selected organisations providing valued services to the District. Any organisation wishing to be considered should already have a strong and positive funding history with Council.

Existing recipients - forms will be emailed to you in December.

New applicants - talk to the Community Funding Officer.

Annual Events Fund

Round - Closes 23 March 2018

To provide ongoing support to selected organisations providing valued events to the District. Any organisation wishing to be considered should already have a strong and positive funding history with Council.

Existing recipients - forms will be emailed to you in December.

New applicants - talk to the Community Funding Officer.

Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

Round 1 - Closed ; Round 2 - Closes February 2018

For the creation and presentation of diverse arts activities including exhibitions, productions, concerts, festivals, or workshops.

The emphasis is on creating opportunities for people to access and participate in the arts, with a particular focus on diversity and youth.

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) is administered by Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand. An independent committee made up of Council and community representatives determines the allocation of grants in this fund.

CCS Guide [218kb]

CCS Application Form [347kb]

CCS Accountability Report Form [124kb]

Rent Concessions

Community organisations that provide a valued service to the District and operate from Council owned property can have their rent obligations to Council reduced or removed.

Any organisation wishing to be considered should already have a strong and positive funding history with Council.

New applicants - talk to the Community Funding Officer.

Community Loans

Apply anytime

Council can assist with the development of community assets for recreation purposes with low-cost community loans. 

Loans will only be made to recreation providers. Applicants will need to contribute at least 50% towards the project and show they can meet the loan repayments.

To find out more about our community loans, contact the Community Funding Officer.

Community Loans Application Form [45kb]

 

For detailed information, see our Community Funding Guide and the Grants, Concessions and Loans Policy:

Community Funding Guide [436kb]

Grants, Concessions and Loans Policy [321kb]

Our funding year is 1 July to 30 June.

Other funding options

Council's community funding is limited, and it cannot support all funding applications. There are a wide range of alternative organisations that may be able to support the costs of your project or organisation.

Council offers free access to the GivME and GivUS websites to its Library members via the Whangarei Libraries website, which offer information about most of the funding available in New Zealand. 

GivME and GivUS

There are also links on the right of this page to websites of some of the larger funding organisations.   

Contact

If you would like to discuss your project with us, please contact the Community Funding Officer on +64 9 430 4200 or email us at mailroom@wdc.govt.nz.

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