Local funding opportunities

Below is a list of some of the funders that may be able to help you with your community group or project. We will update this list as we come across any other funds.

Please click through to the funders website to find the most up to date information. And as always, if you would like any support, call in to see us at the Community Centre.

Eastern Central Community Trust: Eastern & Central Community Trust’s aim is to support community initiatives that can help build stronger, more sustainable communities
The Community Assets & Facilities Fund (CAFF) is for capital developments and is designed to help communities create and maintain the community assets and facilities needed to meaningfully participate in community life. We want to look at projects that are designed to help the wider community – for example, these can include new buildings, major renovations, playgrounds and skate parks. If you have a community asset that needs to be built, developed or maintained, and you’re looking for between $30,000 – $250,000 this is the fund to apply to.”
The Grassroots Fund is to ensure communities have access to services, events and initiatives that they value. It is designed to support a broad range of positive activities that contribute to ECCT’s Priority Outcomes, to achieve our vision. The goals of the fund are to maintain valuable community services, events, clubs and other community initiatives; support a range of social and recreational activities that help build stronger, more sustainable communities; and build capacity and collaboration.”

South Wairarapa Rotary:

You can apply for funding from Rotary at any time.  Their objectives are: “To foster the betterment and enjoyment of residents of the South Wairarapa district. To benefit as many as possible within the South Wairarapa community.” You can read their information sheet here, and apply for funding here.

Trust House: Has multiple funding rounds each year. The funding must go towards an event or initiative that enhances one or more of their communities: Wairarapa, Flaxmere, Pahiatua, Rimutaka or Porirua. Check their website for funding round dates and application forms.

The Lion Foundation: Funds are available for charitable, philanthropic or cultural purposes that benefits the local community. Funding is distributed between the areas of community, which includes arts and culture (30%), health (15%), sport (40%) and education (15%). You can apply using their form here.

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation, and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating. Nuku Ora is proud to be managing the Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Fund on behalf of Sport NZ for the wider Wellington region, with a total of $1,423,435.00 to distribute over the next 12 months.

DIA Administered Funds:

Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) – the objectives of the Wairarapa COGS committee are:

  • Organisations are connected and collaborate to achieve sustainable community outcomes.
  • Geographically and socially isolated members of our community are connected and have access to services.
  • People accessing mental health, disability, prevention and early intervention services are supported and integrated into the community.
  • People are empowered to engage and positively contribute to their local communities, including the environment.
  • Vulnerable people/youth/whanau are strengthened and empowered to be socially and physically and mentally well. 
  • Volunteers are valued, well trained and resourced.
  • Te Āo Māori/Māori aspirations are enhanced and supported in our rohe/region.

Lottery Grants – there are a number of Lottery Grants available, including the Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund, the  Lottery Community Fund and the Lottery Community Facilities Fund.

Both COGS and Lotteries funding is administered by the DIA. We are lucky here in the Wairarapa to have Winifred Mahowa as our local advisor. Please contact her with any questions you may have, she is a wealth of knowledge and a champion for Wairarapa community projects.

SWDC Administered Funds:

Featherston Community Board: The community board can normally dish out small grants (up to $500). One of their key functions is to work with and support community groups. You can also present to them to have your project on the official council paper trails. You can apply using this form.

Māori Standing Committee: The Māori Standing Committee considers grant applications at their 6-weekly meetings. The maximum grant that can be applied is $500 for individuals and $1,000 for non-profit organisations.

Council Community and Youth Grants

Creative Communities Scheme: The Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the South Wairarapa. You can check the application guidelines here.