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Funding and Grants

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This page contains information on Council's funding support for community projects and groups.
Updated: 17/07/2020 9:10 a.m.

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.

To view a brief description and the closing dates for each fund, along with application forms, please click on the heading of the fund or download the Community Funding Guide.

Community Funding Guide [155kb]

 Our Funds

Community Emergency Recovery Fund

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

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

Application Form - Community Funding [275kb]

Guide - Community Funding [155kb]

Apply anytime and allow 8 weeks for a decision.

Community Fund

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

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.

Application Form - Community Funding [275kb]

Guide - Community Funding [155kb]

Report Form - Community Funding [92kb]

Closing dates for 2020-21

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

Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

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 $70,000.

Application Form - Creative Communities Scheme [386kb]

Guide - Creative Communities Scheme [218kb]

Report Form - Creative Communities Scheme [124kb]

Closing dates for 2020-21:

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

Event Development Fund

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.

The fund is for new events only.

Once an event is established, it may be eligible to apply for funding through Council’s Community Fund.

Apply with ample lead-time, using the Event Development Fund application form.

Application Form - Event Development Fund [275kb]

Guide - Event Development Fund [734kb]

Kai Ora Fund

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.

Closing dates for 2020-21

  • March 2021 (date to be confirmed)

For information and to apply, follow the link to the Kai Ora Fund home at Mahitahi Hauora.

Kai Ora Fund

Community Loans

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.

Apply anytime, allowing 3 months for a decision.

Application Form - Community Funding [275kb]

Guide - Community Funding [155kb]

Facilities Partnership Fund

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.

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.

This fund is not being offered in 2020-21.

Performing Arts Fund

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.

This fund is not being offered in 2020-21.


Other Funds

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

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