The emphasis for the Small Grants Fund is to assist projects that enhance community group capacity and/or increase participation in their activities.
The upper limit for this fund is $5000. Funding is for the period 1 September in the current year to 31 August the following year.
Applications will be categorised as either metropolitan (city-wide) or local projects.
Applicants will be notified of the Council/community board's decision in August.
How to apply
Make an application to the Small Grants Fund
How to fill out a Small Grants Fund application form guide [PDF 8KB]
All organisations applying for funding must also complete a Community Organisation Registration form. Organisations only need to complete one registration form for the year, no matter how many grant applications they intend to make.
What this fund covers
- Project related costs for the twelve month period 1 September to 31 August
- Equipment, including recreation and sport equipment deemed necessary for participation only (Note: All equipment or capital purchases must be noted in a schedule of equipment/capital purchases for accountability purposes)
- Costs that support the recognition, contribution and retention of volunteers
- Small community events
- Projects that improve the administration, business and strategic capacity of organisations e.g. ClubMark or strategic planning
What this fund will not cover
- Debt servicing or re-financing
- Arts projects that are eligible for Creative New Zealand Creative Communities funding
- Stock or capital market investment
- Gambling or prize money
- Payment of any legal expenditure including costs or expenditure related to ACC, Employment Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal, professional or disciplinary body hearings
- Activities or initiatives where the primary purpose is to promote religious ministry, political objectives or commercial interests
- Medical or healthcare costs including treatment and insurance fees
- Money which will be re-distributed as grant funding, sponsorship, donations, bequests, aid funding or aid to other recipients
- Payment of fines, court costs, IRD penalties or retrospective tax payment
What this fund will usually not cover
- Retrospective costs or project or purchase costs incurred or settled before the agreed commencement date of the funding agreement
- Entertainment costs (except for costs directly linked to volunteer recognition)
- Funding of individuals
- Purchase of land and buildings
- Building maintenance or facility design, development or renovation costs
- Fundraising or general income growth purposes
- Costs to remedy, rectify, upgrade, retrofit or replace equipment, vehicles or premises as a result of action by central or local government departments or other agencies who hold regulatory or enforcement powers
- Purchase of vehicles and any related ongoing maintenance, repair, overhead costs or road user charges
- Air travel, accommodation, hotel or motel expenses
Accountability and compliance
Funding is to be spent by 31 August (the following year).
Any alterations to the use of the funding must be discussed with Council staff and agreed to or funding may be required to be returned.
An accountability form must be completed when funding is spent or by 30 September the following year.
Future funding may be withheld if accountability requirements are not met.