This fund supports community-focused organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing in the Christchurch city area.
Applications for 2023 have now closed and we'll make funding decisions at the end of August 2023.
The fund will reopen in early 2024.
Applications can be submitted for either metropolitan (city-wide) or local projects:
Last year we launched our refreshed Te Haumako; Te Whitingia Strengthening Communities Together Strategy.(external link) This Strategy will guide Council in how it works alongside the Third Sector and grant funding is an important aspect of this support. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the new strategy to help consider how your application will contribute to the pillar objectives.(external link)
You must also demonstrate your ability to contribute to your project and not solely rely on Council funding.
You will be notified of the decision in late August, with funds available to successful applications from 1 September.
If you wish to be considered for multi-year funding you will need to meet the following criteria:
Up to three years funding can be requested. Requests can be made for different amounts of funding for each year of the grant.
There is no guarantee a multi-year grant will be awarded to any applicant. The awarding of a multi-year grant does not promise or guarantee the same organisation will be granted for multiple years in the future.
You will be expected to submit interim reporting each year which must be approved before the next installment of the grant can be released.
Funds cannot be released prior to 1 September each year.
Multi-year funding can be discontinued if agreed performance objectives or reporting requirements are not met.
Your funding is to be spent by 31 August of the following year.
If you missed our 2023 Funding Forum you can view 2023 Strengthening Communities Fund presentation [PPTX, 3.4 MB].
Please get in touch with the Funding Team by calling 03 941 5488 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to discuss your application.