Grants and Funding


​​​​​​​​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?

Council's Grants and Funding 2018-19 are now closed. 

Categories and application forms

There are now five funding categories for all community grants.  

Arts & culture

​Applications for Round Two of Creative Communities Scheme Funding 2017/18 are now closed. Applications closed 31 March 2018.​

Applications for Community Library Grants are now closed. Funding decisions will be advised in July 2018.

Community development

​​Applications for Community Development Grants are now closedFunding decisions will be advised in July 2018.

Economic development & events

Applications for Economic Development and Events grants open are now closed. Funding decisions will be advised in July 2018.

Natural & built environment

Applications for Round One of Biodiversity and Heritage funding are now closed. Funding decisions will be advised in July 2018.​

Sport & recreation

Applications for Sport Development Funding and School Holiday Programme Grant funding​ are now closed. Funding decisions will be advised in July 2018.

Applications for Sport NZ - Rural Travel Fund 2017/18 is now closed. Applications closed 31 March 2018. ​

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 2018/19 Announced​

More than 70 community groups and organisations around the district are set to benefit 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

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.

Community Pools Applications for Funding

Download an application form for community pool funding​. Applications close 31 July, 2018.​​

Ministry for Primary Industries​ - Sustainable Farming Fund

What's the Sustainable Farming Fund?

The  Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) invests in applied research and projects led by farmers, growers, or foresters that aim to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for New Zealand.

Since it was established in 2000, the SFF has supported more than 1,000 innovative primary industry projects, across sectors ranging from meat and wool to land and water management, forestry and aquaculture.

SFF projects normally run for up to three years, receiving up to $200,000 a year in funding. They aim to solve problems and create opportunities across New Zealand's primary sectors, focusing on the themes of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Successful SFF projects demonstrate strong collaboration and are supported by a large number of benefactors, providing at least 20 per cent co-funding.

MPI are accepting applications until 3pm, Friday, 17 August 2018 for SFF projects.

What's SFF Tere?

Launched as a pilot in 2017, SFF Tere funds smaller projects requiring less than $100,000 in funding and able to be completed within a year. 'Tere' means to be quick, swift or fast.

Due to the smaller size of the projects and funding required, MPI's assessment and decision-making process for SFF Tere project applications is generally faster. The SFF Tere funding round opens on 9 July 2018 and will remain open until 30 June 2019 or until all available funds are committed.

Further information and key documents are available on MPI’s website. ​​

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