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Funding and Grants

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This page contains information on Council's funding support for community projects and groups.
Updated: 17/02/2020 1:37 p.m.
Northland Hip Hop Dance Champs 2018 - funded by the Performing Arts Fund

​Northland Hip Hop Dance Champs 2018
- funded through the Performing Arts Fund

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.

A brief description, closing dates, and related forms are available in the tables below or in the downloadable Community Funding Guide.

Funding Guides

Full fund critiera are provided in the below guides.

Community Funding Guide [148kb]

Creative Communities Scheme Guide [218kb]

Event Development Fund Guide [734kb]

Application and Report Forms

Application and report back forms are able to be saved and typed in to.

Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then fill it out on your computer and save it before attaching it to an email to us.​ You can also print it to complete it by hand.

Community Funding Application Form [115kb]

Creative Communities Scheme Application Form [386kb]

Event Development Fund Application Form [275kb]

If you have been given a grant, please ensure you complete a report back form after finishing your project.

Community Funding Report Form [92kb]

Creative Communities Scheme Report Form [124kb]


The funding rounds below are for the year ending 30 June 2020. Dates for the year commencing 1 July 2020 will be available closer to the time.

Community Fund

For projects and events such as festivals, community celebrations, workshops, working bees. Maximum grant is $10,000.

Closing dates for 2019-20:

31 July 2019 (decision due mid-September)

2 March 2020 (decision due mid-April).

Performing Arts Fund

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.

Closing dates for 2019-20:

31 July 2019 (decision due mid-September).

Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

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.

Maximum grant of $10,000 from a total available fund of $60,000.

Closing dates for 2019-20:

23 August 2019 (decision due end September)

20 February 2020 (decision due end March).

Event Development Fund

The Whangārei Event Development Fund has been set up to foster and develop new, diverse and innovative events for the District, which have potential to be self-sustaining without Council funding in future years. The fund is for new events only. Once an event is established, it may be eligible to apply for funding through Council’s Community Fund.

Apply with ample lead-time. 

Partnership Fund

Established October 2018, the purpose of the Partnership Fund is to support the development of community facilities by community groups on a shared contributions basis. The Fund is intended for leverage or 'seed' funding, or for capital works for actual construction.

Community groups will need to have at least 30% of funding in place for the project (or can demonstrate the ability to secure it) and be well advanced in their project planning to apply for this Fund.

The maximum grant is generally $150,000.

To find out more about the Partnership Fund, refer to the Community Funding Guide 2019-20 or contact the Community Funding Officer to discuss your project.

Closing dates for 2019-20:

1 July 2019 (decision due end of August).

Please note that the previously advertised funding rounds for November and March are CANCELLED, as the Fund is now fully exhausted for this year. The next Partnership Fund round will open in July 2020.

Kai Ora Fund

The purpose of the Kai Ora Fund is to enable Northlanders to grow and eat nutritious and sustainably grown local food. It supports innovative projects that address food security, benefits the wider community and encourages employment and economic development in the region.

The Kai Ora Fund is a partnership between Mahitahi Hauora, Te Puni Kōkiri, Northland Inc, Northland District Health Board, Far North District Council, Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council.

Closing dates for 2020

23 March 2020

For information and to apply, follow the link to the Kai Ora Fund home at Mahitahi Hauora.

Kai Ora Fund

Community Loans

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.

Apply anytime, allowing 3 months for a decision.


Other Funds

Council also provides the following ring-fenced Funds, which are only open to eligible, pre-determined community groups. Application forms are sent direct to these groups.

  • Resident and Ratepayer Administration Fund (closing 1 November 2019)
  • Community Halls Maintenance Fund (closing 1 November 2019)
  • Annual Operating Fund (closing 3 April and 5 June 2019)
  • Annual Events Fund (closing 1 July 2019).

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.   


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


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