Community funding

We offer contestable grants to help support the district’s social, environmental, economic, and cultural well-being.

Most of our Funds are closed while we make some exciting changes. New funding rounds and guidelines will be available from July 2024.

Need help finding funding?

We offer free access to GEM Local a grants database designed to help community groups find the right grants for them. Use access code WHANGEML at the link below to find out more.

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Become a Creative Communities Scheme grants assessor

Do you love the arts and have a few hours to spare every few months? Our independent Creative Communities Scheme grants committee is looking for new grants assessors to join them.

As a grants assessor, you will be part of a team reviewing grant applications for local grassroots arts projects and giving your opinions to determine grant allocations. Find out more and apply at the link below.

Applications close: Monday 6 May 2024

Creative Communities Scheme grants assessor form

Click on a fund to learn more and apply.