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Whau Local Board Quick Response Grant

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Eligible districts



We prioritise grants for community organisations.
Individuals and groups with no formal legal structure

• individuals and groups with no formal legal structure may apply for grants up to $1000 through the local grants programme. These applicants would need to either:

• nominate an umbrella organisation which has agreed to receive and administer the grant on their behalf – the umbrella organisation would be legally accountable to Auckland Council for the expenditure of the grant
• apply to have the funding released retrospectively i.e. as reimbursement for pre-approved expenses after the project or activity has been completed
• commercial entities – e.g. Limited Liability Companies - may apply for grants in certain circumstances, to be determined by the local board
• projects, events or initiatives proposed by commercial entities would need to clearly and directly benefit the wider community.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups or individuals may apply


Our local grants programme aims to provide contestable and discretionary community grants to local communities.


Our grants programme will be targeted towards achieving the following outcomes, as outlined in our local board plan:

• great local communities across the Whau
• outstanding development in New Lynn, Avondale and along our main roads
• stronger local businesses providing more and higher paid work
• a healthy Whau River and valued environment
• in the Whau, it's 20 minutes by walking, cycling and public transport to everything we need
• Whau's local arts, cultures and heritage are cherished.

Projects funded

• arts
• community
• environment
• events
• heritage
• sport and recreation

Our priorities for grants:
The Whau Local Board welcomes grant applications that align with one of more of the following priorities and deliver initiatives and activities to achieve Whau Local Board plan.

Great local communities:
• more and stronger local and ethnic community voices
• increased participation in and understanding of our governance
• stronger town and neighbourhood communities and community leadership
• community led placemaking
• more food projects and people gardening communally
• our young people have places to do things
• more community and civic participation by new migrants

Outstanding development:
• developing and communicating a shared vision for our centres
• more and better places to play
• more Aucklanders, more active more often Stronger local businesses
• more businesses and industry collaboration and innovation
• enable more creative industries and design programmes

Healthy Whau River and valued environment:
• everyone can learn about and participate in environmental activities
• enable more community stewardship
• weed removal and pest eradication
• more green corridors and local connections
• promote the value of trees and their protection
• encourage people to use less plastic bags

20 minutes by walking, cycling and public transport:
• better paths and links and more people out of cars

Whau’s local arts, cultures and heritage are cherished:
• more locally organised events and arts activities
• build on our design heritage
• more flourishing creative businesses
• community initiatives so that key heritage features are preserved
• our local stories are known by more people through information and art projects

Lower Priorities:

We will consider applications for other services, projects, events and activities however these will be considered a lower priority.
The Whau Local Board will consider:
• administration and salary costs
• events which charge an admission fee as a lower priority.
The Whau Local Board will take into account the financial capacity and situation of an applicant and will give a lower priority to funding groups who have a cash surplus or have not considered other sources of funding for their project.

Excluded projects

Activities we don't fund:

• debt servicing or repayment
• legal expenses
• activities that promote religious ministry or political purposes
• medical expenses
• public services that are the responsibility of central government (e.g. core education, primary health care)
• physical works (e.g. improvements to community buildings) that require consents or permits, prior to the necessary consents or permits being obtained (grants maybe awarded in principle, but funds will not be released until all conditions are satisfied)
• purchase of alcohol

Activities funded

Refer to Application Guidelines

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

$500 - $2000

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

Applications closed 08 May 2020

For more information, please vist
Whau Quick Response Grant 2019/2020 page.

When you apply for this grant, your project must align with Whau Quick Response Grant outcomes and funding priorities 2018/2019.

Information required with your application

As set out in the Online Application Form.

Decision makers

Whau Local Board

Decision time

Refer to Funder

How notified

We will contact you by email to let you know the result of your application.

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

In addition to the measures in the Community Grants policy the Whau Local Board requests that all successful applicants as far as possible provide photographs of the activity funded.

Other information

Who can't apply?

• Political parties
• Internal Auckland Council applicants
• Auckland Council CCO's (council controlled organisations) including facilities run by Regional Facilities Auckland Council
• Organisations receiving statutory funding through compulsory annual levies under the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Act
• Other local authorities, government agencies or public sector entities


Caroline Teh
Community Grants Coordinator
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
Phone: (09) 301 0101