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

Presentation from the Funding Information Evening (IMPORTANT INFO!)

The presentations below share information about the types of funding available, who is eligible, what can and cannot be applied for and more. Below is also a link to sign up to be included in any future databases that aim to capture community funding needs and opportunities.

Powerpoint Presentations - All

Sign up to future databases

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 (309KB pdf) tells you if your project is able to be funded through the Creative Communities Scheme and how to make an application.

Love the arts?  Do you want to be involved ?

We’re looking for people to help assess for Creative Communities Scheme funding.

Who is needed?

  • People who know what’s happening in the arts locally
  • People who have experience in one or more forms of art
  • People from a range of communities
  • People with specific cultural knowledge relevant to the arts
  • People of all ages. We would particularly like to include young people on the committee

What’s involved?

You’ll help assess applications for funding from artistic individuals and community groups and attend assessment committee meetings between two and four times a year.

For more information, contact:

Scheme Administrator, Carole Wilton
Phone: 06 376 0217

Rural Travel Fund

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).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.

Rural Travel Fund Guidelines (514KB pdf)

Application Form (165KB pdf)

Online Application Form

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 (196KB pdf)

Horizons Community Grants

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

Horizons Community Grant webpage

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.