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 Council and Creative New Zealand to promote local arts. 

The first funding round for 2017 has closed.

The Creative Communities Scheme bro​​chure 

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

Recent funding reci​​pients​

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

​​ER Goodge​$6000 for Te Pari o Auahatanga – a recording of compositions recorded on and inspired by the Whanganui River​
​Chamber Music Wanganui​$1670 funding for a series of five concerts
​Women's Network​$550 for an exhibition involving 15 local artists celebrating Whanganui women’s stories
V Makutu​​$4900 for Dream Big, a digital video to be made by the rangatahi of Whanganui showcasing extraordinary young people from Whanganui
​Toro Pikopiko Puppets​$2000 to hold six rock-art puppetry workshops with primary-school aged children
​Whanganui Vintage Weekend​$2,500 towards the cost of setting up the stage and sound gear
​D Harries​$574.50 for Whanganui Book Arts Group workshops​

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​ funding round

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. ​

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

To find out more information about Community Contracts, please email or phone 06 349 3104 or 027446 4207.

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 and application form

For further information please contact Jonathan Barrett, phone (06) 349 0001, or email Jonathan Barrett

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: 25 May 2017 10:39am