Providing support for small community initiatives that improve community safety, participation, inclusion, and connection for communities affected in any way by the Christchurch terror attacks.

Make an application to the Community Activation Fund

What we can fund

Initiatives should contribute to community safety, participation, inclusion and connection.

Some examples of initiatives that could be funded are:

  • Sports and recreation activities for young people
  • Events for connecting families or older people
  • Group classes with a well-being component
  • One-off events and associated costs, such as venue hire.

The maximum you can apply for is $1,000.

If your project requires more than this please email before you apply.

What we can't fund

Grants cannot be provided towards:

  • Salaries or administration costs
  • Events that have already taken place
  • Activities that intend to generate profit
  • The promotion of commercial, political, or religious objectives
  • The purchase of alcohol

How to apply

Applications are open to any Christchurch-based group that is an incorporated society, charitable trust or limited liability company registered for charitable purposes.

Informal groups may also apply but may be required to have any funds granted held by an umbrella group.

Individuals are not able to apply.

To apply

  • Fill in our online application form
  • Whether your application is approved or declined, the Decision Panel may recommend your application to another fund
  • Average turnaround time from submitting an application to getting an answer is two to three weeks

 There is no limit to the number of times you can apply to this fund but each application must be for a different project.

Funding period

Grants are available for upcoming initiatives that require short-term, quick response funding.

Funds must be spent before 1 July 2020 or within three months of receiving your grant, whichever is later. 


You may be asked to provide a short story about your project; including what went well, what you learnt and how you spent the grant.

If for any reason your project doesn't go ahead you may need to return the funds.

This fund is provided by the Ministry of Social Development and is jointly managed by the Office of Ethnic Communities and Christchurch City Council. 

Further help is available by emailing a Diversity and Engagement Advisor at

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