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This page contains information on Council's funding support for community groups.
Updated: 16/01/2019 9:59 a.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.

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 and connect you with the right people at Council. 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


Community Fund

Round 1 - Closes 3 September 2018

Round 2 - Closes 4 March 2019

For projects and events such as festivals, community celebrations, workshops, working bees. Maximum grant is $10,000, and the average grant is $2,500.

Application form [115kb]

Report form [92kb]

Performing Arts Fund

Round - Closes 3 September 2018

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.

Application form [115kb]

Report form [92kb]

Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

Round 1 - Closes 27 August 2018

Round 2 - Closes 25 February 2019

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.

CCS Guide [218kb]

CCS Application [386kb]

CCS Accountability Report Form [124kb]

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 one third (33%) 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, download the Partnership Fund Guide below and contact the Community Funding Officer to discuss your project.

Partnership Fund Guide [134kb]

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]


Detailed information is available, see our Community Funding Guide and the Grants, Concessions and Loans Policy.  These are being revised and will be made available by August 2018.

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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