Grants and Funding

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What are our Community Grants and Funding?

Council provides funding for agencies and community groups for projects and activities in the community that help support our long term goals for the district. These can be one-off events or ongoing projects that help make Ashburton District a better place to live, work and play.  Anybody can apply for a grant as long as they meet our criteria.

What is the process for our Community Grants and Funding?

Applications are open around January to March to apply for funding for the following financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.  There are different categories of grants any community group or organisation can apply for (listed below). All applications received are acknowledged, and then presented to the Community Grants and Funding Subcommittee for assessment against Council’s criteria and priority areas for the district. The Subcommittee then makes a recommendation to Council as part of the Annual Plan on how much funding should be allocated to the grants for the year. When Council adopts the Annual Plan at the end of June, it also approves the Subcommittee’s recommendations for funding applications. All applicants are informed of the outcome of their funding application in early July.

When do community grants open?

All grants (except Creative Communities and Sport New Zealand, see below) are open for applications from 26 January until 5.00pm 28 February with funding decisions being advised in July 2017.

Categories and application forms

There are now five funding categories for all community grants.  Criteria and application forms can be found below.

Arts & culture

  • Creative Communities applications are now closed and will open in late February 2017.  Application forms and guidelines will be available then. The second round of Creative Communities funding will close 31 March 2017.
  • Community Library grants are available. The purpose of the funding is to support independently operated community libraries with the purchase of new reading material. Application forms can be found here.

Community development

  • Applications for 2017/18 funding are now open and close Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 5pm.
  • Community Agency applications are welcomed from community groups seeking operational funding. Application forms can be found here.
  • Community Project grants are available. The purpose of the finding is to assist projects that maintain/enhance resident's quality of life in the district. Application forms can be found here

Economic development & events

  • Economic Development and Event funding is available. Application forms can be found here.

Natural & built environment

  • Biodiversity grants are available. The purpose of the funding is to assist projects that aim to protect and/or enhance biodiversity in the district. Application forms can be found here.
  • Community Infrastructure grants are available. The purpose of the funding is to assist projects that maintain and/or enhance community amenities in the district. Application forms can be found here.
  • Heritage grants are now available. The purpose of the funding is to assist projects that promote the preservation and/or restoration of heritage buildings and items in the district. Application forms can be found here.

Sport & recreation

  • School Holiday Programme grants are available. The purpose of the funding is to assist with the provision of unique activities and experiences through school holiday programmes in the district. Application forms can be found here.
  • Sport Development funding is available. Application forms can be found here.
  • Sport NZ - Rural Travel Fund is closed and will open in late February 2017. Application forms and guidelines will be available then. Applications for this funding will close 31 March 2017.

My project doesn't fit Council's community grants

If your project does not fit our categories or criteria for community grant funding, givUS provides access to more than 1200 different grants for community organisations covering a wide range of project types from over 700 different funders across New Zealand.  

Council provides free access to Generosity New Zealand's givUs database, a computer database of information about funding sources for community groups in New Zealand. You can access it at home through the library page of our website (requires membership login) or at the following locations:

  • Ashburton Public Library
  • Community House Mid Canterbury
  • Methven i-SITE

Other financial assistance

Extraordinary grant funding

Council may consider providing grant funding outside the schemes detailed above to assist with community
projects considered to be of significant value to the Ashburton District community. These are dealt with on a case
by case basis.

Loans and guarantees

Council may consider requests for bridging finance or the guaranteeing of loans from community organisations undertaking projects of significant community benefit.

When applying you will need to include:

  • The project's contribution to the achievement of Council's community outcomes
  • The project's cost effectiveness
  • The reasons why other sources of funding are unavailable
  • Prudent fiscal history of the person or organisation making the application
  • The ability of the person / organisation applying to repay the loan(s)

Any applications will be analysed by a Council senior financial advisor and / or suitable advisor. The analysis may include the following:

  • The financial viability of the project
  • The financial position of the person / organisation making the application
  • Risks to Council in supporting the project and how these could be managed
  • Recommended compulsory conditions

Any bridging finance will be charged interest and any loans or guarantees Council provides may require a personal guarantee.

For further information on Council grants and funding, contact Council by email or phone (03) 307 7700.

Community Grants and Funding for 2016/17 Announced

The Ashburton District Council has announced the recipients of this year's community grants and funding which
totals $1.046 million ​for the 2016/17 financial year.

Changes to the structure and processes for Council's grants and funding has meant there are now five funding categories.  These are Arts and Culture, Community Development, Economic Development and Events, Sport and Recreation, and Natural and Built Environment.  Under each of these categories, funding is distributed via Community Agency Funding, Community Projects Funding, Economic Development and Events, Biodiversity Funding, Community Infrastructure Funding, Heritage Funding, Sport Development Funding, and School Holiday Programme Funding.

View the full list of Grants and Funding.​

Page reviewed: 19 Jan 2017 10:01am