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.

Rural 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 Whanganui District Council and Creative New Zealand to promote local arts projects.

Creative Communities Scheme website

Applications for round one of the Whanganui Creative Communities Scheme for 2019/20 will close at 12.00 noon on Thursday, 3 October 2019. The round is for projects that will take place between 19 October 2019 and 19 October 2020.

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 below, which are available as a Word document and as a pdf.

Forms are also available from Customer Services at 101 Guyton Street.

Please print and use the PDF version for handwritten applications. Instructions on how to complete the Word version 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 2 for 2018/19:

Whanganui Potters Studio

$1162.83 for a workshop by Bruce Walford

Chloe Loftus

$925 towards the costs of The Arboreal Aerialist, an outdoor performance

Dan Mills

​$3000 for continuing art at Rangiora Street - a mural on the new library

​Mike Marsh

$3000 for a mural in King Street

Chamber Music Wanganui

$1500 for school workshops by The Morton Trio

​Lotus Women's Group 

​$1280 towards the cost of a Diwali event

Little Green Man Productions

$690 for venue hire costs for the Matariki Glow Show

Teena Lawrence

$1800 for a quilting working, indigenous women's space and stories - Nga Hekenga

​Wanganui Camera Club

$1780 towards the costs of 125th anniversary celebration workshops

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. ​

The funding round for 2019/2020 is open from 1 to 31 July 2019.

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

How to apply

Making an application for the first time:

1. When you are applying for the first time you will be required to complete an organisational application. This provides Whanganui District Council with information about your organisation / community group.

2. Click on this link:

3. Choose a username and password. Please keep this handy as you will need it each time your login.

4. You will be asked for information about your organisation/ group so please be prepared. When providing an e-mail a generic office@ is the best choice as this is the e-mail address that we use to make contact with you. If it is a staff member and they moved on without updating organisational information then e-mails often end up in cyber space.

5. Once you have completed this and submitted you will receive a confirmation e-mail back from the Council.

Appling for funding:

1. Click on the link:

2. Login using your username and password.

3. You will be prompted to check your organisational detail – please update any information that has changes, eg new address, updated governance or policy information.

4. Complete your application – this has a save option so if you don’t have all the information at hand you can log back in a complete at a later date.


1. Click on the link:

2. Click on “view a completed application from this or a previous funding round” (submit required reports)

3. Click on “End of period” this will bring up your current reporting template

4. Fill in your responses and click submit

When making an application for funding, the key points to remember are:

• Be prepared – plan to apply at least a week before the funding round closes to allow for any potential issues along the way.

• Check if you are eligible, and if your application meets the purpose of the fund.

• Provide all of the information required on the application form and include the required supporting documents.

• Contact us if you would like help or need to let us know anything about your application.

• Submit the application before the closing date of the fund (we do not accept late applications).

Funding decisions are made based on the information you supply. If there is anything you think we will need to know, please put it in writing with the application.

Successful Funding Applications 2018

For more information, read our Community Contracts Grants Policy 2018.

Leading Edge Strategy
Safer Whanganui Strategy

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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