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Waiheke Local Grant

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


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.


The Waiheke Local Board recognises the vital role that community groups and organisations play in developing diverse, strong, inclusive, connected and sustainable communities. Our grants programme will be targeted towards supporting the priorities in our Local Board Plan - such as environmental, cultural, arts, community development, recreational and heritage initiatives, and supporting our youth.

Projects funded

The Waiheke Local Board welcomes grant applications that align with the following local board plan priorities:

• young people – engaged and supported youth
• community elders – meeting the needs of the aging population
• the environment – protecting, maintaining and enhancing our magical islands, land, coastline, wetland and marine environments for Auckland’s future generations.
• culture and arts – creating a sense of identity and cohesion that reflect the island’s identity
• social cohesion – stronger voluntary and community sector
• recreation and sport – providing a range of community programmes
• heritage – protection and conservation

Higher Priorities:
• collaboration with other community organisations
• gaining other sources of funding for a project or event, from businesses or community
• local procurement

Lower Priorities:
We will also consider applications for other services, projects, events and activities.
However, these may be considered a lower priority.
The Waiheke Local Board has identified the following activities as lower priorities:
• commercial entities and promotion of commercial entities
• ticketed events
• activities that primarily benefit communities outside the Waiheke Local Board area
• activities that primarily benefit a third party (eg. activity to gain money for an organisation)
• grants to support that purchase of or maintenance associated with motor vehicles
• wages or operational costs
• individuals with projects on private land

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 licenses.

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

$2,000 - $4,000

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

Applications closed 31 July 2020

When you apply for this grant, your project must align with Waiheke Local Grant outcomes and funding priorities 2019/2020.

Please visit Waiheke Local Grant page.

Decision makers

Waiheke Local Board

How notified

Once funding has been approved, all successful applicants will receive an email notification.

• Quick response grants will be paid within 10 days of receiving the notification email.
• Local grant applicants will receive a funding agreement. This is a formal document which outlines the conditions of the grant and the amount the grant is for. The funding agreement will also outline the accountability reporting requirements.
• Where the local board has only one grant type, the local grant process will apply.

How paid

Direct Credit

Conditions of acceptance

The Waiheke Local Board requires that all successful applicants provide:

• accountability measure one: accountability forms must be completed and submitted by the due date, proving that grants have been used for the right purpose.
• accountability measure two: any grant money that is unspent and not used for the project must to be returned to Council.
• accountability measure three: recognition of the Waiheke Local Board's support of your initiative.
• accountability measure four: an invitation to the funded project, programme, activity or event should be extended to the members of the board, where appropriate.

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

Types of local board grants 
Waiheke Local Grant outcomes and funding priorities 2017-2018
Other activity that we don't fund - per the Community Grants Policy - is listed on the page What we don't fund.


Erin McVeigh
Community Grants Coordinator
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
Phone: 09 301 0101