Community funding

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We support our local community groups to produce 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.

You can find a brief description of each fund along with the closing dates for submissions and application forms below.

Funding programme 2021

Most of our funding rounds for the year to June have now finished.  To see what we had on offer, please check our Funding Guide.

Funding Guide(PDF, 139KB)

Our refreshed community funding programme for the 2021 - 2022 year will be published 1 May 2021. We will have some exciting new developments to share with Whangārei's community sector!

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) helps to fund 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 CCS defines "the arts" as "all forms of creative and interpretative expression".

The scheme is administered by Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand. An independent committee made up of Council and community representatives determines the allocation of CCS grants for Whangārei District.

Amount: Maximum grant of $10,000 from a total available fund of $70,000.

Closing dates for 2021:

  • Round 1 - 1 June 2021
  • Round 2 - 4 October 2021

Application form and guidelines 

Download and save a copy of the forms 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.

Application Form - Creative Communities Scheme(PDF, 1MB)

Guide - Creative Communities Scheme(PDF, 383KB)

Report form

Report form - Creative Communities Scheme(PDF, 476KB)

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.

Eligible events are those that are new and significant, such as those that can demonstrate district or region wide appeal. Please read the Event Development Fund Guide to ensure your event aligns before applying. Community-based events, or established events, can be supported under the Community Fund and/or Creative Communities Scheme.

Timeframe: Apply with ample lead-time.

Application form and guidelines 

Download and save a copy of the form 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.

Application Form - Event Development Fund(PDF, 206KB) (interactive form)

Guide - Event Development Fund(PDF, 735KB)

This fund is part of Council's economic recovery plan that supports community organisations in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Funding is for events, programmes, services and operational support that helps our district to recover and build resilience.

Amount: As a general guide, applications will be considered up to $10,000.

Examples of initiatives recently supported under this Fund:

  • Mahitahi Hauora – for Kai Ora Fund, a funding and capacity building programme for community projects around growing food, food security, resilience, economic development and sustainability, which will be of crucial benefit as we recover from the economic impacts of Covid-19.
  • Te Pokapu Tiaki Taiao O Te Tai Tokerau – for a Timebank Coordinator for the Whangārei district, providing a mechanism for the trade of time, skills and knowledge. This is a timely initiative that will support low income families during the Covid-19 recovery.
  • Volunteering Northland – for a programme to support those affected by job loss as a result of Covid-19 to remain active and engaged through meaningful, short term volunteering opportunities. This will utilise people’s skills for the benefit of community groups and the individuals, helping all parties on the pathway to recovery from Covid-19.

Application form and guidelines 

Download and save a copy of the form 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.

Application Form - Community Funding(PDF, 275KB) (interactive form)

Guide - Community Funding(PDF, 139KB)

Timeframe: Apply anytime and allow 8 weeks for a decision.

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, see the Community Fund Guide or contact the Community Funding Officer.

Timeframe: Apply anytime, allowing 3 months for a decision.

Application form and guidelines

Download and save a copy of the form 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.

Application Form - Community Funding(PDF, 275KB) (interactive form)

Guide - Community Funding(PDF, 139KB)

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.

Apply online:  Kai Ora Fund