Community Funding

Manawatu District Council operates a variety of funding schemes to assist non-profit groups and organisations, as well as individuals in the district to run, promote or participate in programmes or events that best fulfil outcomes identified in the Long Term Plan.

Following a recent review of community funding, changes have been made to some of our policies, criteria and applications. The new policies came into effect on July 1 and are available on relate to the Community Fund, Regional Event Fund and Representative Grants.

As at July 1 2015, the Community Fund and the Event Fund applications will be considered during three funding rounds each year - 30 March, 30 June and 30 September. Applicants need to be aware of the new dates and consider these during their planning phase to ensure they apply with enough time for their project or event. Representative Grants will continue to receive monthly applications.


Community Development Funding

This first round of funding is now available.

Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between Council and Creative New Zealand that helps to fund local arts projects.

Event Funding

Applications are invited during the three funding rounds held per annum with applications closing 30 March, 30 June and 30 September

Hook Bequest

This Fund is currently unavailable.

Rates Remission for Charitable Organisations

Are you a charitable organisation seeking rates relief?

Representative Fund

Provides financial support for those Manawatu residents who have been selected to represent the district or New Zealand in the field of arts, sport or culture.

Robert Dickson Education Trust

To assist with education (for children of single mothers)