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

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund helps subsidise travel for teams participating in local sport competitions. The fund is open to rural sports clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5-19 years who require assistance with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

Applications close Friday 10th May 2024.

This is the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Application Form

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 can be funded through the Creative Communities Scheme and how to make an application.

This is the Creative Communities Application form.

For more information, contact:

Scheme Administrator, Carole Wilton
Phone: 06 376 0217

General Assistance Grants Schemes

The Dannevirke Community Board and Eketāhuna Community Board each administer a General Assistance Grants Scheme to support locally recognised organisations in their respective communities.

Applications for financial assistance from these schemes are welcomed from locally recognised organisations, whose principal functions and/or activities are of a community or charitable nature.

Application forms and further details of the schemes are available from the links below:

Dannevirke Community Board General Assistance Grant Application Form and Details (172KB pdf)

Eketāhuna Community Board General Assistance Grant Application Form (260KB pdf)

If you'd like to pick up a hard copy of a form, please call into:

Dannevirke Service Centre at 26 Gordon Street, Dannevirke to collect a form for the Dannevirke Community Board General Assistance Grants Scheme.

Eketāhuna Library and Service Centre, 31 Main Street, Eketāhuna to collect a form for the Eketāhuna Community Board General Assistance Grants Scheme.

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

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 have a variety of grants that the public can apply for.

For further information, please contact Horizons Regional Council on 0508 800 800 or visit Grants and Sponsorship - Horizons Regional Council

Million Metres Streams Project

The Million Metres Streams Project is helping committed Kiwi's raise the money they need to get large scale tree planting happening along our waterways. More information can be found here:  Million Metres Streams - SBN (

Te Awa Community Foundation

Te Awa Community Foundation covers the Horizons Region (Manawatū-Whanganui) including the seven cities and districts of Horowhenua, Palmerston North, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Tararua and Whanganui.

The strength of community foundations is that all donations and bequests are invested and held as permanent endowments. An endowment is a fund with money in it, set up to provide long-term support for a particular non-profit organisation or cause. Each year, the income earned by endowments is available for grants to charities and organisations in the local community.

Te Awa in Tararua 

Tararua District Council has worked with the Te Awa Community Foundation to create local funds that ensure people in our communities can give and invest for the benefit of the place where they live. Council has seed funded seven local Te Awa funds for communities across the district to donate or apply to.

Learn more about how you can donate to an existing fund or establish a new fund at: Te Awa Community Foundation (

Generosity NZ

Generosity NZ is New Zealand’s primary and most extensive source of funding for individuals, community groups and organisations.

It offers information through the following online, searchable databases. For more information, please visit the Generosity NZ website.

Tararua District Council has a subscription to Generosity NZ that allows free access for all Tararua District Residents, you will need your Library card number to sign up.

To sign up please click here.
To log in please click here.

Tararua District Funders Forum

The Funders Forum is a free-to-attend event for anyone in the community wanting to connect with funders or learn more about funding opportunities.

The annual forum is an activity of the council’s community development service. The aim of the service is to support our communities to achieve their desired outcomes.

The 2023 Forum was held in Dannevirke on Wednesday 16 August. The programme from the event can be downloaded below.

Event Programme 2023 Tararua District Funders Forum

Dates of the 2024 Forum are yet to be announced. If you require support with fundraising in the meantime, please contact our Community Development staff:

The Community Development Team

Phone: 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110
Email: (Att: Community Development).