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Waitakere Ranges Local Grant

Closing dates


Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Waitakere Ranges


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


Waitakere Ranges Local Board - Local Grants Programme 2015/16.

Our Local Grans 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:

• the Waitakere Ranges Heritage area is protected
• our unique natural environments are healthy and restored
• thriving communities
• revitalised town centres and villages
• arts and culture flourish.

Projects funded

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

Our priorities for grants

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

• these priorities relate to the local board initiatives as outlined in the local board plan
• all applications will be assessed on their own merit

• preserve, protect and promote the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
• recognise the cultural and historical heritage of the local board area including projects and events connected with WW1 commemoration
• protect and restore our natural habitats and biodiversity, including but not limited to projects that align with specific local board priority areas (Maui’s dolphin, kauri dieback and control of weeds and pests)
• support people to connect with nature or adopt environmentally responsible lifestyles
• support our diverse communities to be healthy and safe and people feel that they are valued, connected and belong
• promote youth well-being
• enhance our centres while keeping their essential character
• events which align with the Waitākere Ranges Local Parks Events Plan
• local arts and events that recognise our inspiring settings and unique character

Lower priorities:
• events which promote a branded company advertising alcohol and fast food, particularly if the event has children and young people participating
• events which do not align with the Waitākere Ranges Local Parks Events Plan

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

$1500 +

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

Information not available

How to apply

Applications closed 31 July 2020

Visit Waitākere Ranges Local Grant page for more info.

Information required with your application

As set out in the Online Application Form.

Decision makers

Waitakere Ranges Local Board

Decision time

Refer to Funder

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 Waitakere Ranges Local Board requires that all successful applicants to provide:

• receipts and a photo of the projects or event are required for grants under $300
• for all events: the grant recipient will demonstrate their acknowledgement of the local board contribution, including inviting the local board members to the event.
• an Invitation to the activity to be extended to the board
• inclusion of local board logo on advertising and display of Local Board branding at events.

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

Guide to the local board grant programme


Daylyn D'Mello
Environmental and Community Grants Advisor
Auckland Council
Private Bag 92300
Auckland 1142
Phone: 09 301 0101