Funding Opportunities


​​​​​Whanganui District Council provides, or is involved in administering, a number of funds to assist the Whanganui community in a range of activities.​

Creative Communities Scheme

Creative Communities NZ logo

The Creative Communities Scheme is a partnership between the Whanganui District Council and Creative New Zealand to promote local arts projects.  

A​​pplications open

Applications for the next round of funding close at 12 noon on Thursday 12 October, for local arts projects that take place between 11 November this year and 11 November 2018.

To get funding through the scheme, your arts project must do at least one of the following:

  • create opportunities for local communities to engage with and participate in arts activities
  • support the diverse arts and cultural traditions of local communities
  • enable and encourage under-18s to engage with the arts.

Is your pro​​ject eligible?

To be eligible for funding, your project must:

  • have an arts or cultural focus
  • take place within the Whanganui District Council boundaries
  • benefit local communities
  • not have started before an application for funding has been assessed
  • not have been funded by Creative New Zealand for the same purpose

How to a​​pply

The guidelines and application form can be downloaded below, or picked up from the Customer Service Counter of the Council Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street.  

  • All applications must be made on the official form available as a word document and as a pdf
  • Print off and use the PDF version for handwritten applications
  • Instructions on how to complete the application form as a word document are contained within the document 

Before you prepare your application you should read the Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide. This guide tells you:

  • whether you are able to apply for Creative Communities Scheme funding for your project
  • which projects and costs are eligible and ineligible
  • what information you will need to include in your application.


Open workshops will be run by Cath Watson on the CCS process and completing the application form. Workshops are scheduled for Saturday 16 and Saturday 30 September and Saturday 7 October, all 12–1.30 at the Gonville Café Library. ​​

The Creative Communities Scheme Broc​​​hure 

These are available in several languages so you can easily find out more about what the scheme funds.

The Creative Communities Scheme Application

Recent funding recipients​

The following organisations and individuals received funding in the second round of the Creative Communities Scheme 2016/17:

​​​Robert Fugah$2,000.00 for West African Drumming | Dance Workshop
Wanganui Potter's Society$1,090.00 to run a Fiona Tunnicliffe Workshop
NZ Potters Inc$749.80 towards the NZ Potters National Exhibition to be held at Quartz Museum
Simon Ormerod$1,970.00 for a mural – Rangiora Street Toilets, Castlecliff
​Whanganui Community Arts Council Trust$2,500.00 for a literary themed exhibition to run alongside the Literary Festival
Whanganui Exploratory Music School$6,800.00 for a Music extended weekend course
Whanganui Maori Teachers Cluster$2,717.45 towards the Whanganui/Taranaki Manukorero & Paerangatahi Regional Competition 

For more information please contact​​​​

Youth G​rants

Youth Grants fund community projects and initiatives which support the Whanganui District Council's Youth Committee's vision of Whanganui as a vibrant, thriving and empowering community where young people love to be.

The total value of the Youth Grants scheme is $15,000, with four rounds available with $3,750 per round.

Applications to the Youth Committee's Youth Grants can be made at any time.   


$600ships are designed to help young people in the Whanganui District reach their potential in anything they are interested or involved in. 

Find our more on the Youth Committee's $600ship page

Community Contracts​

Community Contracts support the achievement of our health, safety and wellbeing goals, through a process that sees community groups and organisations partnering with the Council to provide effective public services. ​

How ​to a​​pply

Apply online ​→​

The funding round for the 2017 / 2018 community contracts process will open on our website from Friday 30 June 2017 and will close 5pm on 31 July 2017. This is an online application process and you will need to complete the following steps:

New Applicants: If you have not applied using the online system before you will need to:

  1. Complete an organisation registration
  2. You will then get a username e-mailed to you (you need to keep this safe as you will need each time you log on)
  3. You can complete your online application ( you can do this in steps, just save as you go along).

Have you applied before?

  1. You will need to locate your registration number and log on (contact us​ if you cannot find it or want clarity)
  2. Ensure you have completed all reporting requirements from the previous funding round (if you were successful in 2016/2017 then this is due 12 July 2017)


All reporting templates are with your contracts and have been e-mailed to you, you can either send you completed reports using the templates supplied with your contract to or from 20 June you can complete the reporting online – just click on the reporting tab. Please ensure you have attached all financial reporting required. If it is not received in time it may affect your next application request.

Recipients  from the 2016-2017 funding r​​ound


 Organi​sationContract amount ($)
AAge Co​ncern20,000
BLife to the Max Trust15,000
​CTe Ora Hou14,400
1Alzheimer's Wanganui2,000
3Brain Injury Association2,000
4Castlecliff Community Trust5,000
5Citizens Advice Bureau4,000
6Community Education Service1,000
7Family Works / VIN8,500
8Jigsaw White Ribbon2,000
10New Zealand Fire Service Whanganui2,700
11Parkinsonism Society Wanganui2,000
12Prison fellowship1,253
13Progress Castlecliff2,000
14Whanganui Restorative Practices Trust5,950
15Riding for Disabled5,000
16Sport Whanganui5,000
17Sustainable Whanganui2,188
18Te Whānau OSCAR mō Ngā Tamariki8,000
19 Volunteer Whanganui5,000
21Whanganui Creative Space3,500
22Whanganui Disability Resources Centre3,500
23Women & Children Shelter/Refuge10,000
24Women's Network8,000
27Youth Services Trust5,000

Event funding (formerly the Impact Fund)

Events, tournaments and conferences in Whanganui have previously been able to apply to Whanganui District Council for funding through what was called the Impact Fund. In 2013 the way these funds were allocated was changed.

Events are no longer able to apply to a contestable fund throughout the year but may request seed funding for an event or a one-off grant from the Economic Development and Visit Whanganui budgets.

The purpose of these funds is to:

  1. To provide seed funding for events in the early stages of the event's development
  2. To increase the number of visitors to Whanganui which gives an economic return to the district
  3. To generate on a national and international level positive publicity for Whanganui

This flow chart will help you take the steps to see if your event is eligible.

You can find out more about this funding and the requirements for applying by reading this information sheet, or by talking to the team at Visit Whanganui:

Lyn Cheyne – Promotion and Marketing Manager, Visit Whanganui on 06 349 3256 or​, or​

A full information pack can be requested from Visit Whanganui by contacting Lyn Cheyne at the details above.  

​Waste Minimisation Fund

The Waste Minimisation Act 2010 assists communities and businesses to derive income to help address waste issues. The Act has mandated that a levy be put on waste disposed at all landfills nationally. 50% of the levy is allocated to councils on a pro rata capita basis.

Whanganui District Council has created a Waste Minimisation Fund, using allocated waste levy money, to allocate for waste minimisation purposes within our district.

The fund provides financial assistance, by way of grant, seeding finance or loan, to applicants for waste minimisation initiatives that further Whanganui's waste minimisation goal. The fund has been set up to boost Whanganui's performance in waste minimisation by increasing resource reuse, recovery, recycling and decrease waste to landfill.​

F​or further information please contact Keith Smith, phone (06) 349 0001, or email keith.smith@wh​

Heritage Building Assessment Assistance Fund

The Council wants to encourage building owners to upgrade buildings in the Whanganui central business district. This fund is to assist with the cost of having buildings professionally assessed for statutory compliance with the Building Act and to provide information on the approximate costs of appropriate upgrading. The fund is not for detailed design or physical works.

Fund information 
Application form

For further information please contact Iain Brown, phone (06) 349 0001, or email Iain Brown.

Other funding sources​

​​You can access online funding information for free via the Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa available at Whanganui District libraries.


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Page reviewed: 04 Sep 2017 1:03pm