Grants and Funds

Creative Communities NZ - Arts Funding
The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in art activities.   Under the scheme “the arts” are broadly defined as “all forms of creative and interpretative expression”
Projects must meet one or more of the following funding criteria:
  • Broad community involvement – The project will create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities
  • Diversity – The project will support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities, enriching and promoting their uniqueness and cultural diversity
  • Young people – The project will enable and encourage young people (under 18 years) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Please note change of dates for applications. Click Here for more information.

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Community Assistance Policy

Please Note:
Applications to the Operational Grants, Capital Grants, Contracts for Service and Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account are now closed. 
Applications to the Mayoral Fund and Licence to Occupy can be applied for any time of the year. 



Kaipara District Council has allocated money and made it available to the community to support projects that will enhance the Kaipara District community.

When considering all the applications we received for funding as part of the ‘Draft Annual Plan 2013/2014 includes Proposed Amendments to the Long Term Plan’, the Commissioners agreed that there was a real need for a policy framework and criteria which would guide the use of available funding. This sentiment was also echoed in a number of the submissions we received.

As a result of this, Council has developed the Community Assistance Policy.  This was consulted on during August 2013 and adopted in September 2013.  

Council now has a new Community Assistance Policy.  

The objectives of the Community Assistance Policy and guidelines are:

    Supporting communities to help themselves,

    Increasing and supporting volunteering,

    Helping communities create the facilities and services that make them great places to live,

    Supplementing Council resources with community and other agencies resources, so that collectively a higher level of service can be provided.

The Community Assistance Policy can be viewed HERE.  The Policy contains information on eligibility, what needs to be supplied with applications and what Council will be looking for when considering applications.

There are essentially seven different types of grants available that community organisations can apply for.  They are:

Licence to Occupy - is an agreement for a not-for-profit community organisation to locate on Council land or in a Council building through a Licence to Occupy.  An organisation may apply for a Licence to Occupy under Council’s Community Assistance Policy.  Unlike other community assistance grants, an application for a Licence to Occupy can be applied for at any time of the year.  Application form is Attachment One of the Community Assistance Policy (link here).

Contract for Service - this is a formal agreement for the delivery of a service in Kaipara District to benefit Kaipara residents and visitors where there is a clearly recognised need for the services. Applications will be called for around October each year, to be included in the next Draft Annual Plan.

Contract for Service is split into two forms:

·        Services to the value of over $5,000 (Contract for Service). Application form is Attachment Two of the Community Assistance Policy (link here); and

·       Services to the value under $5,000 (Minor Contract for Service). Application form is Attachment Three of the Community Assistance Policy (link here);

Discretionary Grants - are a one-off financial assistance to a not-for-profit organisation to further the purposes of that organisation.  There are two forms of Discretionary Grants:

·        Operational Grants.  Application will be called for around November each year.  Application form is Attachment Four of the Community Assistance Policy (link here); and

·        Capital Works Grant (this can on occasion be in the form of a loan). Applications will be called for around October each year, to be included in the next Draft Annual Plan.  Application form is Attachment Five of the Community Assistance Policy (link here).

Mayoral Fund – allows the Commissioners to use their discretion to make small financial awards to community projects outside of the other sources and timeframes of Community Assistance.  The Purpose of the Fund is to ensure that progress of these important projects is not impaired because of a small shortfall in funds.  Application form is Attachment Six of the Community Assistance Policy (link here).     

Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account - grants are made for the benefit of Mangawhai Harbour and surrounds from the investment income from this fund.  The Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account is managed under the Mangawai Lands Empowering Act 1966 (sic).  A Committee of two Commissioners and two appointed members of the community will make the decisions on applications.  Application form is Attachment Seven of the Community Assistance Policy (link here).  Applications for this have now closed.

For in-depth information and criteria please refer to the Community Assistance Policy Link here.