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Grants and Funds

  • Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Subsidy Fund/Kiwi Sport Travel Subsidy Fund

The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams (5 to 19 year olds) participating in their local competition.

Rural Travel Fund Criteria:

The linking of the KiwiSport Fund to the Rural Travel Fund will address an identified barrier to increased numbers and opportunities for children in playing or gaining skills in sport.
Applications to the Fund must show travel funding used:

  • For either more students to access current opportunities or for students who currently participate to access new opportunities
  • For either during school or out-of-school times
  • For either primary or secondary school aged students
  • In partnership with a school or club.
We are looking for applicants to match money from this Fund i.e. the amount being applied for must not total more than 50% of the total cost of your project (please note you must provide evidence of the other 50% - either letters from other funders confirming funding or bank accounts from you as the applicant proving funding is available).
Applications for the first round of the 2015/2016 year open Thursday 01 October 2015.

Applications close 4.30pm Friday 30 October 2015 and will be considered at a meeting held in November 2015 (no late applications will be considered).

Application forms are available here, or from Council’s Offices, 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville or Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai.

If you require more information please contact Paula Guy Stuve on 0800 727 059 or email council@kaipara.govt.nz.


  • Creative Communities NZ - Arts Funding

The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities. The scheme supports a wide range of arts projects: “the arts” is defined broadly to mean “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) to engage with and actively participate in the arts.

Applications for the second round of funding for 2015/2016 will open in February 2016.  For more information please contact Council's CCS administrator Paula Guy Stuve on 0800 727 059.  View or download a brochure.


  • Community Assistance Policy - Community Projects, Activities and Services Funding

Applications for Contracts for Service and Operational and Capital Discretionary Grants will open Tuesday 01 December 2015 and close Friday 05 February 2016.

Operational Grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions in March/April 2016.  Contracts for Service and Capital Grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions in June/July 2016.

Applications to the Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) are due to open in October 2015.  Funding will be allocated at a Committee meeting in February or March 2016.

Applications to the Mayoral Fund and Licence to Occupy can be applied for any time of the year.

Kaipara District Council has funding available to support projects that will enhance the Kaipara District community, as part of its Community Assistance Policy.  Community organisations are encouraged to apply for this funding if they have projects, activities and services which meet the criteria of the Policy.

The objectives of the Community Assistance Policy and guidelines are:

  • Supporting community to help themselves;

  • Increasing and supporting volunteering;

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

  • 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 hereThe 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 six different types of grants available that community organisations can apply for.  They are:

  • Contract for Service 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.  ​
  • Operational Grants offer a one-off financial assistance to a not-for-profit organisation to further the purpose of that organisation.
  • ​​​Capital Works Grants offer a one-off financial assistance to a not-for-profit organisation to further the purpose of that organisation.  These are for capital projects and can, on occasion, be in the form of a loan.
For more in depth information and criteria please refer to the Community Assistance Policy.
  • 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. 
  • Mangawhai Endowment Lands Account (MELA) 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.
  • MELA Agendas
  • MELA Minutes
  • Mayoral Fund allows the Commissioners to use their discretion to make small financial grants to community projects outside 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.
For more information on grants please telephone Council on 0800 727 059 or email council@kaipara.govt.nz 
  • External Funding - GenerosityNZ

External funding opportunities for community groups and individuals are available here http://www.kaipara.govt.nz/Service++Info/Library/Community/Funding++-+Fundview++Breakout.html  at GenerosityNZ.

You will need to enter your Kaipara library card number to access these funding databases. Call 0800 727 059 for information on library membership.
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