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Annual Grants

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts



Only community groups and voluntary organisations domiciled in the Whakatāne District area and providing a service to the general public of the Whakatāne District are eligible for consideration for annual financial grants.

Sporting and cultural organisations are encouraged to apply for funding from other sources.

Priority is given to groups within the District that have a high volunteer base and groups that provide a community service for residents of the District.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


The Whakatāne District Council recognises that the local community, through their diverse range of activities, make a major contribution to the social, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of the Whakatāne District.


The objectives the Council has agreed for its community funding are:
• Outcomes focus: The community funding policy will guide funding decision-making to achieve the relevant community outcomes.
• Good process: Processes will support a transparent, equitable and outcomes focused community funding system.
• Value for money for ratepayers: The Council will be clear idea about what it is funding and what value is being added to the community.
• Strong community organisations: The Council will contribute to building strong, effective community organisations in Whakatāne District.
• Major projects: The Council will contribute to the facilitation of quality major projects undertaken by community organisations.

Projects funded

Most purposes considered. Multi-year funding is a possibility.

Excluded projects

Retrospective projects.

Activities funded

Most costs/expenses eligible.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

check with the Council

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

The current round of annual grants started 1 July 2020, applications end Friday, 21 August 2020.

Annual Grant - Application Form 2020 - (PDF, 928 KB)

Information required with your application

• a detailed proposal, budget and time frame for project
• how much funding wanted, how much in hand, how shortfall met
• either financial statement or audited accounts
• background information on the applicant or group
• evidence of community support for the project

Decision makers

Whakatāne District Council Annual Grants Committee.

Decision time

A sub-committee consisting of three Councillors will meet on Friday, 18 August to consider all applications received by the closing date and allocated the funds at that meeting. Applicants will be notified of the decision within a week of that meeting.

How notified

By letter.

How paid

Paid in full after grant approved.

Conditions of acceptance

Recipients of community grants are required to complete an organisational receipt form within which they must:
• specify how the grant was spent and attach evidence of expenditure such as receipts, invoices or signed statements by the club's accountant
• report the benefits of having received the assistance.

Return form will be an eligibility criterion for the organisation to receive further community funding.


Janie Storey
Administration Officer – Community
Whakatane District Council
Private Bag 1002
Whakatane 3158
Phone: (07) 306 0530 Fax: (07) 307 0718