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School Holiday Programme Grant

Applications open from 1 February 2024

Council recognises the value of supporting young people to experience new opportunities and the shared responsibility it has with the community offering a range of activities and experiences not usually available during school terms.


The purpose of the School Holiday Programme grant is to assist with the provision of school holiday programmes in Ashburton District.


The maximum individual grant available is $1,000 and can't be more than 50% of the total programme cost. The applicants’ share of the programme’s cost can be in kind, or financial.

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

Grant Eligibility

All School Holiday Programmes must meet the following criteria:

  • Cater for children aged between 5 and 14 years.
  • Be within Ashburton District boundaries (between the Rakitata (Rangitata) and Rakaia Rivers’).
  • Be provided by a non-profit organisation or group.
Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • Non-profit and based in the Ashburton District.
  • Applications from a national organisation must be made from the local branch of that organisation.
  • Applications will only be accepted on the completed School Holiday Programme Application form.
  • Incomplete applications that do not provide all of the requested information will be excluded from funding assessment.

Assessment Considerations

Council will consider the following:

  • Content and activities planned
  • Projected attendance numbers (past attendance numbers if available)
  • Duration of the programme
  • Voluntary input
  • The level of donation / fees received from parents
  • If the programme is open to all children

The final funding decisions are made at the discretion of Ashburton District Council. Successful applicants’ project details may be used for publicity purposes.

Funding Agreement

Successful applications must complete and return a funding accountability form on the completion of the project, and within the financial year which funds were granted.

Receipts are required for all expenditure.

Organisations that do not return a completed accountability form will not be eligible for future Council grant funding.

Required Documents