What are our Community Grants and Funding?
What is the process for our
Biodiversity Grant reporting form
Community Library Grant reporting form
Community Project Grant reporting form
Economic Development and Events Grant reporting form
Heritage Grant reporting form
School Holiday Programme reporting form
Sport Development reporting form
For agency reporting forms, please get in touch with the Council directly.
Contact Council by email or phone (03) 307 7700.
When do community grants open?
Creative Communities and Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Grants closed on Sunday 31 March, 2019. The Second Round of this grant will open in August 2019.
Council's Community Grants and Funding 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. The Second Round of Biodiversity and Heritage Grants will open in August 2019. You can find the categories and application forms below:
Categories and application forms
Arts & culture
Creative Communities Scheme Funding Grant 2019-20 closed on Sunday 31 March, 2019. The Second Round of this grant will open in August 2019.
Community Library Grant 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. This grant will reopen in February 2020.
Community Projects Grant 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. This grant will reopen in February 2020.
Economic development & events
Community Events Grant 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. This grant will reopen in February 2020.
Natural & built environment
Sport & recreation
Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund 2019-20 closed on Sunday 31 March, 2019. This grant will reopen in March 2020.
School Holiday Programme Grant 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. This grant will reopen in February 2020.
Sport Development Grant 2019-20 closed on 28 February 2019. This grant will reopen in February 2020.
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 2018/19
More than 70 community groups and organisations around the district have benefited from $1.1 million of funding from Council's annual Community Grants and Funding scheme.
View the recipients of the 2018/19 Community Grants and Funding