Community funding and grants
The Council has a number of discretionary funding sources designed to support those looking to deliver a community-led project.
Grants generally come with criteria that applications must meet to ensure the project will achieve a particular objective. Grant applications may be subject to lodgement deadlines and/or post-lodgement assessment periods, which should be factored into the timeframe for delivering your project.
These funding sources include:
- Discretionary Response Fund: To assist community groups when their project funding falls outside other Council funding criteria and/or closing dates. Funding is available within each Community Board’s Discretionary Response Fund for the purpose of supporting Shape your Place Toolkit-related, community-led place-making projects that require technical/specialist advice and assistance.
- Community Arts: The Creative New Zealand provided, but Council administered, Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local communities so more people can be involved in local arts activities.
- Red Zones Transitional Use Fund: Provides support to projects and events which help create activity and vibrancy in the red zone areas, ahead of longer-term regeneration. This includes the Ōtakaro Avon River Corridor, the Port Hills, Brooklands and Southshore.
- Strengthening Communities Fund: Supports community-focused organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing.
- Sustainability Fund: Encourages innovative community, school or business projects that support the Council’s vision and strategic priorities.
- Business Improvement District (BID) Grant Fund: Provides seed funding to businesses associations to build capability and to undertake place-making initiatives that help create better local commercial centres.
- Off the Ground Funds and Light Bulb Moments Fund: The Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton and Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere Community Boards provide small grants to bring your community together for a project or event via their Off the Ground Funds. The Waikura Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board does likewise with its Lightbulb Moments Fund.
- Summer with your neighbours: Small subsidies are available for neighbourhood gatherings, such as a street party.
Rates incentive for property owners
The Enliven Places Rates Incentive encourages property owners in the Central City and suburban centres to support temporary use of vacant land or buildings with short to medium term projects, by crediting up to maximums of $5,000 in a 12-month period or $15,000 in total.
Securing funding for capital works arising from your project
Every three years the Council reviews its Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP outlines the activities, services and capital works (physical works, such as new buildings, street upgrades, etc.) the Council intends to provide over the next 10 years and how it will pay for them.
Every year the Council reviews its Annual Plan (AP). The AP outlines in detail how the Council intends to finance the activities, services and capital works it will provide during that year, as directed by the LTP.
The Council will make adjustments as necessary, based on the previous year’s financial performance, updated financial figures, cost increases and inflation.
Funding requests for capital works arising from your project (e.g. community plan) can be made via public submissions on the LTP and/or AP in March/April each year.