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Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Quick Response Grant

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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 $2000 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 strong local economy
• Mangere-Otahuhu is the heart of Maori and Pasifika arts and culture
• a place where environment and heritage are protected, enhanced and preserved
• a well - connected area
• a range of facilities to meet diverse needs
• a place where communities thrive and belong.

Projects funded

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

Our funding priorities:
• events for families to take part in community life, celebrate local identities and talent
• neighbourhoods and communities feel safe and connected across diverse cultures
• communities have opportunities for active and healthy living, in safe environments that are smoke, alcohol and drug-free
• increased community capacity to prevent harm from alcohol, drugs and substance abuse
• young people lead and have a voice in local matters
• communities care for and enjoy our parks, reserves and open spaces in different ways
• innovative initiatives that are community-led
• our streams, beaches and coastline are cared for and provide recreational and cultural and environmental benefits

Lower priorities:
• commercial entities and promotion of commercial entities
• ticketed events
• activities that primarily benefit communities outside the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board area
• activities that primarily benefit a third party (e.g. activity to gain money for an organisation)
• grants to support the purchase of, or maintenance associated with, motor vehicles
• wages or operational costs

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
• applications for liquor licences
• core activities and tasks of business entities

Excluded activities

Local Board will not fund:
• exclusion one: applications for Liquor licenses
• exclusion two: core activities and tasks of business entities
• exclusion three: hiring of facilities for religious purposes

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application


Grants made last year

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Funds available last year

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How to apply

Applications closed 08 May 2020

For more information, see Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Grants Programme (PDF 178KB)

Information required with your application

As set out in the Online Application form.

Decision makers

Mangere-Otahuhu 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

The Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board requires that all successful applicants to provide:
• success and outcomes of the project against local board outcomes and priorities
• photos and anecdotal narratives as supporting information
• standard financial accountability, e.g. receipts and comparison of spending against budget
• Information on community contributions.

Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board requires an overview summary of a quarterly basis, with a simple analysis of grant, with a simple analysis of grant history patterns - e.g. number of times groups have applied, types of groups receiving grants and purposes. If there are any gaps between outcomes sought by the board and type of applications received and grants awarded. It is expected that such an analysis will inform the community grants policy evaluation expected to take place after one year period.

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


Catherine Bolinga
Community Grants Coordinator
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
Phone: 09 301 0101