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 for creative initiatives, projects and events which celebrate our district highlight its special character.  There is also funding for sporting, cultural or artistic pursuits.

Each of the funds have different criteria and closing dates for applications listed below or in our Community Funding booklet.


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)