Funding and grants

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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 guide

See our Funding Guide and relevant application guidelines for full details on what you can and can't apply for under each fund.

Funding Guide(PDF, 139KB)

Eligibility rules

To be eligible, applicants must be:

  • Not for profit and have legal status  (e.g. incorporated society, registered charity, or be working under an ‘umbrella’ group/organisation that meets these criteria; note this is not required for the Creative Communities Scheme)

  • Financially sound (e.g. display appropriate financial management and procedures, including having a good credit record)

  • If previously funded by Council, have a positive track record with this funding (e.g. have provided any previously required reporting, and had this reporting accepted by Council).

Ineligible applications

Activities that are not eligible for funding include those:

  • where the primary purpose is to promote religious, political or commercial activity
  • considered to be the core business of another organisation or agency
  • that started prior to the closing date of the fund applied to.

Council will not fund the following costs:

  • Social functions
  • Fundraising
  • Catering
  • Travel and accommodation (outside the District)
  • Conference fees
  • Entry fees, judges fees, prize money, trophies or awards
  • Royalties
  • Retrospective expenses
  • Debt servicing, fines or disputes.

For events*, programmes, equipment purchases, facility maintenance and upgrades, operational costs, or any other project that demonstrates community benefit. 

Amount: Maximum grant is $10,000 from a total available fund of $150,000.

* If it is an event you are applying for and it is new for the District, you may want to consider the Event Development Fund below.

Closing dates for 2020-21:

  • Round 1 - 1 September 2020 (decisions advised late October)
  • Round 2 - 1 March 2021 (decisions advised late April)

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

Guide - Community Funding (PDF, 139KB)

Report form

Report Form - Community Funding(PDF, 168KB) (interactive form)

What's been funded?

Applicant For Amount
Bream Bay Combined Arts Group Kiln and Facility Refurbishment $4,000
Bream Bay The Learning Community Pukapuka Party 2021 $1,000
Bream Head Conservation Trust Emergency Rescue Kit $1,088
Hikurangi Mountain Lions Club CT Hikurangi Christmas Festival 2020 $4,000
Lions Club of Marsden Ruakaka Christmas Parade 2020 $2,000
Mangakahia Sports Ground Society Incorporated Mangakahia Summer Festival 2021 $4,000
Ngunguru Sports and Recreation Society Skatepark Opening Fringe Festival 2020 $1,000
Northland Golf ClubSouth Golf Cart Shed $8,500
Opera North Opera North Presents $4,500
Parihaka Community Landcare Community-led conservation on Parihaka $2,325
Pehiaweri Maori Church and Marae Inc Community Gardens Upgrade $4,000
Portland Recreation Centre Roof Repair $9,700
Ruakaka Recreation Centre Incorporated Fire Alarm Upgrade $10,000
Te Kowhai Print Trust Facility Maintenance $6,000
Tiaho Trust International Day of People with Disabilities 2020 $2,700
Tikipunga Community Trust Community Pool 2020-21 $6,000
Waipu Business and Community Inc Waipu Christmas Parade $3,500
Wairahi Tracks Charitable Trust Conservation Works Programme $6,500
Weed Action Whangarei Heads Mobile Conservation Equipment Trailer $3,360
Whangarei Croquet Club Facility Entrance Upgrade $2,100
Whangarei Lions Club Whangarei District Christmas Parade $7,166
Whangarei Music Society Chamber Music Concert Series 2021 $2,200
Whangarei Steam and Model Railway Club Inc Compliance and running costs 2021 $4,000
Whangarei Theatre Company Stage Refurbishment $8,000

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 2020-21:

  • Round 1 - 3 August 2020 (decision due end September)
  • Round 2 - 1 February 2021 (decision due end March)

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) (interactive form)

Guide - Creative Communities Scheme(PDF, 383KB)

Report form

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

What's been funded

Applicant For Amount
Individual Artist Free Art Fridays (Fringe) $2,000
Circool Circus Youth Spring Symphony 2020 $2,000
Collaborationz Trust Collaborationz 2021 $1,804
Individual Artist Art Exhibition 'Noho Puku' $1,000
Individual Artist QuaranTea Party (Fringe) $2,000
Individual Artist Lockdown Laundry (Fringe) $1,580
Kumarani Productions Circus Kumarani Extravaganza (Fringe) $3,000
Little Green Man Productions Te Moana Glow Show 2020 $2,500
Northern Emerging Talents Trust Our People in the Park 2021 $2,000
Northland Craft Trust Open Ceramics Awards $4,000
Northland Youth Theatre NYTe around the Camp Fire $3,090
Individual Artist Art in the Garden $2,605
Toi Ngapuhi Wananga Taiohi $2,000
Whangarei Fringe Festival Fringe Events For Young People $1,900
Whangarei Theatre Company Shrek $5,000

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.

This fund is not being offered in 2020-21.

Established October 2018, the purpose of the Facilities 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.

Amount: The maximum grant is generally $150,000.

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

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

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

  • Resident and Ratepayer Administration Fund 
  • Community Halls Maintenance Fund
  • Annual Operating Fund.

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 Whangārei Libraries website, which offer information about most of the funding available in New Zealand. 

GivME and GivUS