Last chance for charities to apply for annual grants


Not-for-profit groups are being reminded they have until Tuesday to apply for funding through Whakatāne District Council’s annual grants scheme.

Previously successful applicants have sought funding for things like travel costs, conference fees, overheads, wages, and building lease costs.

Most community groups and voluntary organisations based in the district and providing a service to the public are eligible to apply for the grants, though sporting and cultural organisations are encouraged to seek funding from alternative sources such as SportNZ and Creative NZ.

Governance Support Advisor Janie Storey says groups can apply to be paid each year for three years without making any further applications, as this is the first year of the council’s long-term plan.

“Preference will be given to groups with a high volunteer base and groups that provide a community service for the residents of the district,” she says.

A total of $50,000 is available for distribution in 2021/22.

A sub-committee with three councillors will meet on 16 September to consider the applications and allocate the funds. Applicants will be notified of the decision within a week of that meeting.

Application forms are available from the annual grants page on our website,

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday, 31 August 2021.

They can be emailed to

Partially completed applications will not be accepted.

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