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Community Grants

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The Communities Grants are a general grant with limited criteria, apart from not being available to individuals.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Established following amalgamation in 1989 so as to show and monitor grants to the community. Funded by rates.


To support the work of community groups and volunteer organisations who are providing community and social projects and services within the Buller district.

Projects funded

The Communities Grants are a general grant with limited criteria, apart from the following:
• is not available to individuals.
• align to the council's community outcomes.
• grants will not be made retrospectively.


Activities funded

Most costs/expenses eligible.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

There is no maximum allocation level

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Applications are called for twice a year, with funding decisions made in March and September. The last funding closed on 5 June 2020.

Application forms and further information are available below and from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.
Funding from Community Grants is available once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).
Community Grants Application Form 2019(701Kb)
Community Grant Information Sheet (35Kb)
 Community Outcomes From Councils Long Term Plan(1.3Mb)

Information required with your application

Please ensure that you have completed ALL sections of the application. If information is not provided, it may delay your application.
• two letters of community support for your organisation, signed, dated, and less than six months old, from people not involved or connected in any way with the running of your organisation.
• a copy of you rorganisation's latest annual accounts. If you do not have annual accounts, please attach a statement of income and expenditure for the past 12 months. If neither of these documents are available please xplain why below, and attach a copy of your organisations latest bank account statement/s.

Decision makers

Mayor & councillors (Grants Sub-Committee).

Decision time

Meetings are held at the end of February and August, with outcomes advised early in the following month.

How notified

A letter sent with payment of the grant/donation.

How paid

When granted, payment will be deposited into your nominated bank account. Funds are to be spent within 6 months of receipt of payment.

Conditions of acceptance

Accountability forms are also forwarded and should be completed when the funds are expended and returned to Buller District Council. Applications for organisations with outstanding accountability forms may not be considered until such time as either the accountability forms are received or appropriate explanations received. Council may seek additional accountability measures on individual applications from time to time.

Community Grant Accountability (578KB)
Community Grants – Accountability Statement (153KB)

Other information

The Manager Community Services is available for assistance, and may be contacted as above.


Manager Community Services
Buller District Council
PO Box 21
Westport 7866
Phone: 0800 807 239 Fax: (03) 788 8041