Welcoming Activities Grant

The Whanganui Welcoming Activities fund supports initiatives that help to make Whanganui more welcoming for newcomers.

Groups can apply for up to $500 in financial support for activities that enhance newcomer experiences in Whanganui, such as improving access to information and services, celebrating culture and supporting civic and economic opportunities. 

Successful activities will align with the Whanganui Welcoming Communities vision, and at least one of the eight outcomes of the Welcoming Communities’ Standard for New Zealand.

Read the Welcoming Activities Grant overview(PDF, 855KB)

Vision
All newcomers to Whanganui feel welcome and have a sense of belonging, enabling them to thrive in and contribute to the Whanganui community.

Outcomes

  1. Inclusive Leadership
    Local government, tangata whenua and other community leader’s work together to create, advocate for and continue to foster a welcoming and inclusive community. They lead a shared plan to increase connections between newcomers and existing residents.
  2. Welcoming Communications
    People of all cultures and backgrounds feel included, listened to and well informed through a range of ways that take into account their different communication needs.
  3. Equitable Access
    Opportunities to access services and activities and to participate in the community are available to all, including newcomers.
  4. Connected and Inclusive Communities
    People feel safe in their identity and that they are connected with and belong in the community. There are high levels of trust and understanding between members of the receiving community and newcomers.
  5. Economic Development, Business and Employment
    Communities maximise and harness the economic development opportunities that newcomers can offer. Councils work with business associations to promote the contribution that newcomer business owners and skilled migrants make to the region’s economy.
  6. Civic Engagement and Participation
    Newcomers feel welcome to fully participate in the community. Newcomers are active in all forms of civic participation.
  7. Welcoming Public Spaces
    Newcomers and receiving communities feel welcome in and comfortable using public spaces.
  8. Culture and Identity
    There is a shared sense of pride in being part of a culturally rich and vibrant community. People feel their culture is respected and valued by other members of the community. There are opportunities to learn about each other’s cultures.

Who can apply

Groups, organisations and entities, whose projects, events or initiatives clearly benefit newcomers to Whanganui, can apply. Activities can involve multiple groups.

To be eligible for a grant applicants must:

  • live within the Whanganui District.
  • be applying for funding that will be used within one year. Activities with ongoing impacts beyond one year should be able to show impacts starting within the year.
  • be applying for funding for projects, activities or events will have positive impacts for newcomers to Whanganui.
  • have demonstrated alignment to at least one of the eight outcomes of the Whanganui Welcoming Plan. OR - In round one (2021-22 funding year), applications can also be for Covid-19 preparedness for ethnic communities.
  • not have received a Welcoming Activity grant within the last year.

What activities can be funded

Types of activities the funding can be used for include:

  • events
  • project / programme costs
  • resources, equipment, materials

types of activities the funding cannot be used for include:

  • organisation / group operational or administrative costs
  • salaries or wages
  • activities that intend to generate profit
  • the promotion of commercial, political or religious objectives

 

Apply online

Applications are open throughout the year. Applications must be submitted at least two months before any event.

For payment purposes, applicants will need to be linked with a group or organisation established as a legal entity. This may be in the form of a nominated ‘umbrella organisation’ to receive the grant on your behalf.

For more information and support with your application support, contact Harriet McKenzie – Community Activator, Whanganui District Council.

Apply via mail

Step 1.Download and complete an application form

Download an editable form(PDF, 235KB)

Step 2.Email your completed form to us

Send your completed application form to harriet.mckenzie@whanganui.govt.nz