Community funding

We support our local community groups to deliver events, projects and initiatives through our community funding programme.

We have funding available from $500 to over $150,000 for a wide range of community organisations and initiatives.

Become a Creative Communities Scheme grants assessor

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 the grant applications and giving your opinions to determine grant allocations.

To find out more and to apply, follow the link below.

Apply to become a Grants Assessor

Funding programme, policy and calendar

We recommend reading our Community Funding Policy for full details.

Community Funding Policy

The Community Funding guide provides all the details about funds offered by Council:

Community Funding Guide

Use this calendar to view closing dates, decision timeframes and amount that you can request:

Community Funding calendar

Our priorities and eligibility for funding

The funding programme supports Council’s intent to walk alongside the community to help community achieve its aspirations.

The community funding programme has four priority areas for funding:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage – to support and celebrate the history, language, culture and art of our diverse communities.
  • Recreation and Sport – to support and deliver a variety of recreation and sporting opportunities for all ages, abilities and life stages.
  • Environment – to support, celebrate and protect our flora, fauna and our special places for current and future generations to enjoy.
  • Community Wellbeing – to support and celebrate happy, healthy, connected communities and individuals.

We welcome applications that align with these priority areas and support Council’s various strategies and policies.

Generally, eligible applicants for Council’s support are community organisations that are not-for-profit/charitable with a formal legal structure and founding documents, whose primary aim is to provide services and benefits to the community at large.

Individuals are eligible to apply to the Gen Z Fund (ages 12-20) and the Creative Communities Scheme.

Our criteria is simple and clear: we want to support applications that address local issues, needs and aspirations and that will provide strong benefit to the Whangārei community. 

Getting assistance

If you are new to applying for funding or need advice for your project, please feel free to contact us:

Phone: 09 430 4200

Email: funding@wdc.govt.nz

  • For application to the Waste Minimisation Fund, contact the Waste Minimisation Officer.
  • For applications to the Event Development Fund, contact the Community Events Coordinator.
  • For all other applications and general assistance, contact the Community Funding Coordinator.

Click on a fund to learn more and apply.