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

2022 Tararua District Funders Forum

TDC is organising the 2022 Tararua District Funders Forum – a free-to-attend event for anyone in the community wanting to connect with funders or learn more about the various funding opportunities available.

Te Awa Community Foundation are partnering with us to deliver this event. The day will include a funding panel, presentations from funders and a networking hour.


Thursday 3 November, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Bush Multisport Park (Function Room)
57 Huxley Street, Pahiatua
5:30 doors open, 6:00pm start


  • 5:30pm, Doors Open
  • 6:00pm, Opening Karakia and Organisers Welcome
  • 6:20pm, Panel Session with DIA, ECCT and CET
  • 6:40pm, Quick-fire Meet the Funders
  • 7:00pm, Networking Hour
  • 8:15pm, Closing Karakia and Organisers Farewell

A detailed event programme for the Tararua District Funders Forum can be viewed here.

As well as detailing the proceedings for the evening, the programme provides an overview of all of the funders that have been confirmed to attend.

Funders confirmed to attend:

  1. Tararua District Council
  2. Te Awa Community Foundation
  3. Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
  4. Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT)
  5. Central Energy Trust (CET)
  6. Aotearoa Gaming Trust
  7. Te Puni Kokiri
  8. Mana Whaikaha
  9. Horizons Regional Council
  10. Ministry for Primary Industries
  11. Creative Communities NZ (Tararua District)
  12. Sport Manawatū
  13. Waireka Community Trust

Media releases

TDC and Te Awa Community Foundation announce Funders Forum in November

Funders confirmed to attend 2022 Tararua District Funders Forum | Tararua District Council (

Waireka Community Trust confirmed to attend Funders Forum | Tararua District Council (

Event programme released for 2022 Funders Forum

Presentation from the Funding Information Evening

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

Te Awa Community Foundation

Te Awa Community Foundation covers the Horizons Region (Manawatu-Whanganui) including the seven cities and districts of Horowhenua, Manawatu, 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

Council has also provided funding for a part-time coordinator position

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.

The 2022 Creative Communities Application form (pdf) is available here.  

The 2022 Creative Communities Application form (ms word) is available here.

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.