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Grants and Funding

Council administers several grants to support groups and individuals in our community.

Find out which grants you are eligible to apply for

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Check out some of our previous grants recipients:


Grants available include: 

Multi -Year Community Grants 

Community groups and organisations play an integral role in supporting community wellbeing. Multi-Year Community Grants are applied for every three years. Applications for the Long Term Plan 2024-34 are open from 20 March to 21 April 2024.

Single-Year Community Grants

This year, Council has set aside $30,000 ($10,000 for each ward) over two funding rounds to assist with funding community based projects. This year, Council has set aside $30,000 ($10,000 for each ward) over two funding rounds to assist with funding community based projects.

Read the policy on single year (and multi year) grants (pdf, 533KB)

Creative Communities Scheme Funding


We administer the Creative Communities Scheme that provides funding for arts and cultural projects in our district. The money comes from a national arts body, Creative New Zealand.


Pride of Place - Community-led Initiatives Grant

This grant provides funds for small community-led initiatives that contribute to our Pride of Place goals or overall community wellbeing.


Natural, Cultural and Built Heritage Grant Policy

This fund provides grants for plans, reports and one-off projects that will protect, conserve and promote New Zealand's natural, cultural and physical heritage and also support community groups with resource consents costs.

Mayoral Fund Policy

The Mayor receives regular requests for grants, donations and financial assistance to support ad-hoc projects and community initiatives. While many requests are dealt with through applications for other Council provided or administered grants, the Mayor has the discretion to allocate funding from the Mayoral Fund.


Dr Lawrence & Elsie Mackie Memorial Trusts

Dr Lawrence and Elsie Mackie Memorial Trust grants are available to people from Te Aroha and the surrounding country areas (Elstow, Manawaru, Mangaiti, Ngarua, Springdale, Te Aroha West, Wairakau, Waihou and Waitoa). This funding is provided for 'charitable purposes', for both groups or individuals.

Waste Minimisation Contestable Fund

We have funding through the Waste Levy, to allocate towards community driven projects to minimise waste headed for landfill. Our focus is minimising food waste, as according to our 2020 waste audit, 35 tonnes of food waste goes to landfill, through kerbside services and private wheelie bins.

We know other forms of waste have an impact on the environment, so we welcome projects for how we can minimise the impact from other forms of waste as well.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per year.

To see how the fund can be used, read through our policy and submit your application through our online grants portal between 11 April and 13 May 2022. Read more about the contestable fund. 

Read the Policy Register to Apply for Grants Login to start your application

If you need help filling in the application process, please contact us on (07) 884 0060 during business hours (8.30am-4.30pm Mon-Fri), Facebook messenger or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Other places to find grants

Council has a number of grants to assist individuals, groups and organisations but there are also a large number of other places to find grants.