Community Funding

This page contains information regarding grants and funding schemes available for communities and individuals in the Tararua District. For business grants and schemes, click here.

Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities New Zealand funding scheme has been established to provide support to arts and cultural activities taking place within a local area. The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects under the following art forms: craft/object arts, dance, inter-arts, literature, Maori arts, multi-art forms(including film, music, Pacific arts, theatre and visual arts. 

This brochure tells you if your project is able to be funded through the Creative Communities Scheme and how to make an application.

For more information, contact:

Scheme Administrator, Carole Wilton 
Phone: 06 376 0217


Rural Travel Fund

Does your sports club or school sport team need funding for travel? Sports club and school teams can now apply for funding support from the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Rural Travel Fund. The main focus of the fund is to assist development of junior sport in rural communities by providing a travel subsidy.

Funds can only be considered for sports club and school teams of players aged between 5 and 19 years for local competition (ie. not regional or national competition).

Rural Travel Fund Guidelines (438KB pdf)

Application Form (363KB pdf)


International Representatives Scheme

The International Representatives Scheme has been established to provide funding for amateur athletes when selected to represent New Zealand, through the national body and/or international body's qualifying criteria, for an international event where two or more countries are participating.

Guidelines and Application Form (125KB pdf)

Horizons Community Grants

Horizons’ community grants provide funding and advice to community groups who are helping make this Region a great place to live, work and play.


Application Form

Please note there is a $5,000 limit per project when applying. For further information, please contact Horizons Regional Council on 0508 800 800 or visit their website.

Million Metres Streams Project

Million Metres is helping committed Kiwi's raise the money they need to get large scale tree planting happening along our waterways through crowdfunding.

Their goal is to collectively fund a million metres (or 1000 kilometres) of tree planting along stream bank around New Zealand.

Find out more about the Million Metres project, and how you can get involved by visiting their website.

Generosity New Zealand

Generosity NZ (formerly Funding Information Service) is New Zealand’s primary and most extensive  source  of  funding  information  for  individuals,  community  groups  and  organisations. It offers information through the following online, searchable databases. For more information, lease contact Ata Te Kanawa, Communications and Sales Manager, Generosity NZ on 04 471 8904 or by email

givME (formerly known as BreakOut) provides access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals. givME is Generosity’s most widely searched tool. It is used by those seeking to pursue education,  research  and  fellowships;  arts,  cultural  and  sporting  activities;  and  career  change, professional or personal development.

Around  80%  of  secondary  schools  and  tertiary  institutions  (including  universities,  polytechnics and wananga) subscribe to givME.  It is a valuable tool widely recommended by career advisors.

givUS  (formerly  known  as  FundView)  provides  access  to  more  than  1,200  grants  and  schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi.

It  offers  personalised  quotes  for  organisations  needing  assistance  for  operational  costs,  building redevelopment and project-­‐based resources.

More  than  90%  of  Councils  subscribe  to  givUS  on  behalf  of  ratepayers,  enabling  FREE  public access in libraries using Library Card login. 

givER  (formerly  known  as  CorporateCitizens)  provides  an  extensive  database  of  businesses  that  are  committed  to  building  relationships with community and voluntary organisations.

It is the first port of call for New Zealand organisations looking for mutually beneficial  relationships  with  businesses  offering  volunteering,  mentoring,  sponsorship,  gifts in kind, loans, payroll giving, pro bono work and other initiatives.