Community funding

Before applying for funding your organisation must complete a Community Organisation Registration(external link) form.

Funding process and reporting

The application process and reporting requirements are different for each fund.

Business Improvement District Grant Fund

Providing seed funding to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) under the Council's BID Policy.

Canterbury waste minimisation project grants

Apply for a grant to fund a waste minimisation project in the Canterbury region.

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 Activation Fund

The Community Activation Fund will be closed from 1 May 2023 pending a review of the fund's objectives. An update will be provided in October 2023.

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

This scheme is designed to help organisations 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.

Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund

Providing sponsorship for a city-wide calendar of events to enhance Christchurch.

Events Seeding Fund

Providing sponsorship for new events taking place in Christchurch.

Mayor's Welfare Fund

The Mayor's Welfare Fund provides assistance to families and individuals in our community who are in extreme financial distress.

Place Partnership Fund

Supports those seeking to strengthen connections between communities and their places and spaces.

Small Sports Events Fund

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

Strengthening Communities Fund

Supports community-focused organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing.

Sustainability Fund

To encourage community, school, social enterprise or business projects that help meet our climate change objectives and targets.

Youth Development Fund

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