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.​

Heritage Grant Fund

The Heritage Grant Fund provides financial assistance to private building owners in the Town Centre to undertake heritage enhancement work.  The grants are for external works that enhance the historic character of heritage buildings listed in the District Plan, or have exceptional circumstances. Grants are available for projects such as:

  • Restoration of original features
  • Parapet reinstatement
  • Verandahs – new or altered
  • Painting in heritage colours
  • External lighting
  • Removal of redundant signage
  • Relocation of equipment, for example, air conditioning units

For more information, visit the Heritage Grant Fund page.

Public Art Fund

Whanganui District Council administers a Public Art Fund to assist in the delivery of region-wide public art works and events. This fund enables the Council to support innovative, diverse and exciting public art that celebrates the distinctiveness of Whanganui’s environment, history and cultural identity.

Applications closed at 5.00pm on Monday, 29 October 2018 for projects that take place between 1 December 2018 and 29 November 2019. More information here.

Security Camera Fund - Wanganui Rural Community Board

The Wanganui Rural Community Board has made funding available in the 2017/2018 year to support local people and organisations to set up security cameras to help prevent crime in the rural area.

Imagery captured from the camera are sent via the internet to a property with a recorder where several weeks of photos can be recorded at once. The information can then be shared with the Police in order to help reduce rural crime.

Before applying, please make sure you read the guidelines.

Application and guidelines for Security Camera fund

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.

Creative Communities Scheme website

Applications for round two of the Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme for 2018/19 close at 12.00 noon on Thursday, 7 March 2019. The round is for projects that will take place between 30 March 2019 and 30 March 2020. For those who wish to speak to their application, assessors will meet on the afternoon of Friday, 29 March 2019.

Drop-in Workshops 

There will be drop-in workshops at the Gonville Community Room (behind the Café Library) to walk through the application process and help you comple the application form for Creative Communities Funding.  Gonville Community Room access is via the Gonville Health entrance.

The workshops will be held:
Saturday 23 February, drop in anytime between 10.30am and 1.00pm
Thursday 28 February, drop in anytime between 6.00pm and 7.30pm

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 Form​

All applications must be made on the official form available as a Microsoft Word Document (.doc / .docx) and as a PDF. Application forms are also available from the Council front desk.​

  1. Print off and use the PDF version for handwritten applications
  2. Instructions on how to complete the application form as a word document are contained within the document​​

The Creative Communities Scheme Application Guide

Please use the Application Guide when completing your application. It will help you to apply for CCS funding and to complete the application form.​

Recent funding recipients​

The following organisations and individuals received funding in Round 1 for 2018/19:

Angela Crawford

$2333 for Whanganui Celebrates International Jazz Day 2019

Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd

$1637. 60 towards hosting a Glass Fusing Workshop by Morgan Madison (Seattle)

Dan Mills

​$2000 for the 2nd stage of the mural on the Castlecliff Camp Store, Rangiora Street

​Kay Benseman

$1911 for the production of a children's Pepeha book

Pull Down the Sun band

$3000 towards the cost of production of a music video

​Shanti Sibbing

​$1770 for Whanganui Walls mentorship - a youth mentoring programme to run alongside the Whanganui Walls street art festival

Friends of Christ Church Organ

$920 for a recital by Martin Setchell

Rebecca Holden

$315 towards the cost of gallery hire for 'A Home Away from Home' exhibition

​Sarah Thompson

$4200 to run children's Rural Whanganui Animation workshops and screening

For more information please contact​​​​

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

The funding round for 2018/19 is open between 1-31 July 2018. Please be aware there are some changes to the application process, including the 'project of significance funding pool'. For more information on the application process, click the following link:

Community Contracts Application Process (PDF, 93.0KB)

For more information and to discuss your application, please contact Lauren Tamehana, phone 06 349 3104 or email

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:

Louise Follett - Conferences Lead & Promotions , Whanganui and Partners on 06 349 3254 or louise.follett@wh​

A full information pack can be requested from Visit Whanganui by contacting Louise Follet 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 Stuart Hylton, phone (06) 349 0001, or  

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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