Community funding

Funding process

The application process for each fund is different. To find out more information on each of the different funds or schemes click on the links below.

Business Improvement District Grant Fund

The Business Improvement District grant fund provides seed funding to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) under the Council's BID Policy.

Christchurch Biodiversity Fund

Providing support to custodians of biodiversity through a contestable fund of up to $200,000 per annum.

Christchurch Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme supports local communities in creating and presenting diverse opportunities in arts activities.

Community Board Small Funds

Some Community Boards offer grants to assist groups in their local area to undertake small community projects..

Community Organisation Loan Scheme

The Community Organisations Loan Scheme is designed to help organisations to develop or improve new or existing facilities and other major projects.

Computers to the community scheme

We have some personal computers and a limited number of laptops available free of charge to not-for-profit community groups.

Discretionary Response Fund

To assist community groups where their project funding request falls outside other Council funding criteria and/or closing dates.

Enliven Places funding

Funding and a rates incentive is available to support temporary projects in vacant spaces. Apply!

Events and festivals funding

To provide sponsorship to develop a citywide calendar of events that enhance Christchurch as a place to live and visit and to strengthen the distinctive lifestyle, qualities and identity of Christchurch.

Innovation and Sustainability Fund

The purpose of this fund is to encourage innovative community, school or business projects that support the Council's vision and strategic priorities.

Mayor's Welfare Fund

The Mayor's Welfare Fund was established in 1897 as the 'Mayor's Coal and Blanket Fund'. The Fund provides assistance to families and individuals in our community who are in extreme financial distress.

Other New Zealand funding

A list of other New Zealand funding options.

Red Zones Transitional Use Fund

Providing support to projects and events which help create activity and vibrancy in the red zone areas, ahead of longer-term regeneration.

Small Sports Events Fund

The purpose of this fund is to provide funding opportunities to National and South Island sporting events.

Strengthening Communities Fund

The 2020/21 Strengthening Communities Fund will open for applications on Monday 9 March 2020 and will close at midnight 22 April 2020.

Youth Development Fund

Each year the Council's community boards set aside an amount of money to fund young people in their local community.