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 come with a series of criteria that applicants need to meet to ensure a 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 your project.
These funding sources include:
- Discretionary Response Fund: To assist community groups where their project funding falls outside other Council funding criteria and/or closing dates. Funding is available within each of the community boards' respective Discretionary Response Funds for the specific purpose of supporting Shape your Place Toolkit-related, community-led place-making projects that require technical/specialist advice and assistance to happen.
- Community Arts: The Creative Communities Scheme (CCS) provides funding to local communities so New Zealanders can be involved in local arts activities.
- Enliven Places Project Fund: Supports regeneration by encouraging and supporting the community to deliver projects that enliven and transform places. Eligible projects are those that look to beautify and activate vacant space throughout the city in the short to medium term.
- Strengthening Communities Fund: Supports community-focused organisations whose projects contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing.
- (external link)Creating Momentum Regeneration Fund(external link): Development Christchurch Limited (DCL) has a discretionary fund available for community projects in New Brighton.
- Innovation and Sustainability Fund: Encourages innovative community, school or business projects that support the Council’s vision and strategic priorities.
- Business Improvement District Grant Fund: BIDs exist where commercial property owners work collaboratively to fund and pursue initiatives and improvements in their local area. The Council provides grant funding to help establish BIDs.
Encourages property owners to enliven their sites by adding amenity to their community. In return they can be eligible for a Council rates credit or waiver of public road occupation fees.
- Rates incentives for property owners: The Enliven Places Rates Incentive was developed to encourage property owners in the Central City and suburban centres to support temporary use of vacant land or buildings with short to medium term projects.
- Creative hoardings incentive: This aims to encourage the beautification of construction sites via hoardings by waiving the fee associated with the occupation of public road space by temporary health and safety fencing.