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Community Infrastructure Grant

Applications open from 1 February 2024

Ashburton District has community facilities throughout the district that play an integral role in resident’s quality of life. Maintaining this level of community infrastructure is important for the vitality of the district’s communities and residents’ sense of place and belonging.

Council recognises the importance of community reserves and halls to the district and the shared responsibility it has with the community to ensure these are maintained for current and future generations. We provide an annual Community Infrastructure Grants through a single grant application process held in February of each financial year.


The purpose of the Community Infrastructure Grant Scheme is to assist projects that maintain and/or enhance community amenities in Ashburton District.


The maximum individual grant available is $10,000 and can be no more than 50% of the total project cost. The applicant’s share of the project’s cost can be in kind work or materials, or financial.

All grants must comply with Council’s Community Grants and Funding Policy.

Grant Eligibility

All Community Infrastructure projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Be for a community facility located in the Ashburton District (please check below for Eligible Infrastructure).
  • Be for the development or maintenance of infrastructure available for community use.
Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Based in the Ashburton District & the event must take place between 30 June 2023 to 1 July 2024.
  • The administering / governing body for the project.
  • Applications will only be accepted on the completed Community Infrastructure Application form.
  • Incomplete applications that do not provide all of the requested information will be excluded from funding assessment.
Ineligible Projects

The following projects are ineligible for Community Infrastructure Funding:

  • Retrospective works, except in exceptional circumstances such as a natural disaster.
  • Salaries or wages.
  • Any form of insurance.
  • Equipment hire.
  • Facility operating costs (including power, water, phones, ticketing, IT charges).
Eligible Infrastructure


Laghmor / Westerfield Memorial Hall , Mayfield Memorial Hall, Mt Somers Memorial Hall, Tinwald Memorial Hall, Mt Hutt Memorial Hall and Rakaia Memorial Hall.


Alford Forest, Flemington, Pendarves, Ashburton Centennial Sports Hall,Greenstreet, Rokeby, Barrhill, Highbank, Ruapuna, Carew, Hinds, Seafield, Chertsey, Lauriston, Staveley, Dorie, Lowcliffe / Coldstream, Wakanui, Ealing, Willowby, Eiffleton, Lynnford, Winchmore, Fairton, Maronan and Ruapuna.


Alford Forest, Methven, Highbank, Chertsey, Mt Somers,Hinds, Dorie, Pendarves, Ealing, Rakaia, Maronan, Ashburton Forks / Green Street, Ruapuna, Mayfield, Tinwald and Seafield.


These criteria have been adjusted given Council’s Community and District Pool funding grant criteria. Council recognises that for smaller communities the local swimming pool is an important asset that enables more people to access aquatic facilities. To be eligible for funding from this scheme, the swimming pool must be accessible to the community.

Priority will be given to the following:

  • Applications from swimming pools that are two or more kilometres away from a Council funded facility (EA Networks Centre, Tinwald Community Pool).
  • Applications from swimming pools that are two or more kilometres away from a community pool on reserve land, as listed below.

The pools listed below are ineligible to apply, as funding is available through Council’s District Pools Grant, or alternative funding arrangements have been established. Further information can be found at

  • Hinds Community Pool
  • Methven Community Pool
  • Mayfield Community Pool
  • Rakaia Community Pool
  • Mt Somers Community Pool
  • Ruapuna Community Pool

Assessment Considerations

Council will consider the following:

  • The contribution that the proposed work will make to the usability of the facility.
  • The number of users of the facility per annum.
  • Accessibility of the facility to the general public.
  • The community contribution to the project (including volunteers, in-kind work or materials and financial support).
  • The urgency of the work required.
  • Other sources of funding potentially available to the applicant.
  • Any previous assistance provided by Council.


Successful applicants must complete and return a grant reporting form on the completion of the project, or by 31 July, or before applying for further funding, whichever comes first.

Receipts are required for all expenditure.

Organisations that do not complete their reporting will not be eligible for future Council grant funding.

If the funds have not been spent when the next funding round occurs and you would like to make another application, please complete the report form as much as possible, and let us know how and when you intend to spend the rest of the grant funds.

Community Infrastructure Grant Reporting Form

Required Documents