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Otara-Papatoetoe 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 supporting the following outcomes as outlined in our local board plan:
• a heart of Manukau
• town centre vitality
• parks and facilities that meet people's needs
• healthy harbours and waterways
• thriving communities
• age-friendly communities
• good transport connections

Projects funded

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

Our priorities for grants:
The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board welcomes grant applications that align with the following local board plan priorities:

A heart for Manukau:
• the local economy is growing Hayman Park and public spaces are accessible safe and pleasant

Town centre vitality:
• revitalise town centres
• develop public facilities

Parks and facilities that meet people’s needs:
• better parks and facilities for sports and recreation
• better neighbourhood amenity

Healthy harbours and waterways:
• otara Lake is accessible and safe for recreational use
• improve the health of harbours by reducing sediment in streams

Thriving communities:
• pleasant neighbourhoods and programmes and events promoting healthy living, cultural diversity, education and environmental protection
• community facilities fit for purpose
• community-led development

Age-friendly communities:
• enable young and old to participate in employment, education, training and community service

Good transport connections:
• better experiences for pedestrians and cyclists.

Note: these priorities relate to the local board initiatives as outlined in the local board plan.

Lower Priorities:
We will also consider applications for other services, projects, events and activities.
However, these may be considered a lower priority:

The board will give applications lower priority and less favourable consideration if they contain one or more of the following:
• ongoing administration costs including salaries
• ticketed events, commercial events or events that promote a brand or company
• catering costs
• applications for activities taking place outside the local board area.

The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board has also identified the following financial situation of an applicant, as a lower priority for funding:
• applicant that are making no financial contribution of their own to the project
• applicant has not considered other sources of funding for their project

Excluded projects

• 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
• applicants who failed to provide accountability forms from a previous funding allocation
• applicants who provided unsatisfactory accountability forms from a previous funding allocation

In addition to the eligibility criteria outlined the Community Grants Policy, the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board will not fund:

• applicants who failed to provide accountability forms from a previous funding allocation
• applicants who provided unsatisfactory accountability forms from a previous funding allocation.

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

$500 - $2,000

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

Applications closed 15 May 2020

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Quick Response Grant 2019/2020

Information required with your application

As set out in the Online Application Form.

Decision makers

Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

How notified

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

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

Accountability measures:
The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board requires that all successful applicants to provide:
• Accountability measures one (e.g. a photo of the activity)
• the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board require staff to report back at the end of the financial year, on the way in which allocated grants support the local board grants programme outcomes and priorities.

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


Sara Chin
Community Grants Coordinator
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
Phone: 09 301 0101