Grants and Funding


​​​​​​​Community Matching Fund

The 2017 funding round closed on Thursday, 20 July.

Please read the ​guideline document below prior to completing the application form.

Community Matching Fund - Guidelines For Applicants 2017 (PDF 213KB)​​

Read about examples of successful fund applicants

About the grant

The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups. 

Council makes up to $100,000 available for community and environmental projects that make a positive difference in the District.

The matching fund initiative was established to support projects led by not-for-profit community groups working for the benefit of their communities. 

Council recognises that these groups contribute numerous resources to projects and seeks to "match" the dollar value of this community effort with a grant.

Funding is made of two components – a General fund for social, recreational and cultural initiatives and an Environmental fund for projects associated with the natural environment.

The General fund has a pool of $60,000.

The Environmental fund has a pool of $40,000. Applications may have components that could be allocated to both funds.

The maximum amount that can be applied for is the full $100,000, although the full amount has never been granted. G​rants between $2000 to $10,000 are more common. 

Grants will be "matched" on a 50/50 basis. Council's half is a cash grant. The community group contribution can be made up of any combination of volunteer labour, donated professional services, funds raised through other means and/or donations of materials.

In 2016, Council received 27 applications for the Community Matching Fund allocation, compared to 42 applications in 2015.

The total dollar figure requested in 2016 was almost $264,000 - more than double of the 2015 total of $122,000.​

Community Board Grants

The Te Puke and Maketu community boards allocate grants on an ad hoc basis throughout the year when applications are received.

The Waihi Beach, Omokoroa and Katikati community boards allocate grants annually in April/May.

You can access the relevant application form by clicking on the relevant Community Board below.

You'll need to look at this Community Board Grants Criteria to see if you're request is suitable. (PDF, 181KB)

For more information, please email or phone 07 571 8008.

Creative Communities Funding

Creative New Zealand spends more than $3.2 million each year supporting about 1800 projects through the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). This scheme is just one example of how we are working to achieve our purpose of encouraging, promoting and supporting the arts in Tauranga.

Creative BOP, on behalf of Tauranga City and Western Bay of Plenty District councils, administers the Creative Communities Scheme. More information and applications are available here.

Applications close on September 4.

Facilities in the Community Grant

The Facilities in the Community Grant is now open. Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 1 September 2017.

More than $100,000 is available every two years for the capital development of recreational facilities in the District. 

If your organisation is planning to undertake recreational facility development, you may be eligible for funding if the project:
is a result of significant growth in your area
is not on a Council Reserve​​
is available for public use
does not replace or duplicate an existing recreational facility in your community
has a minimum total value of $10,000.

Please be aware that successful applicants can uplift the grant after 1 July 2018.

 You can learn more about the funding requirements and application process from the following:
Alternatively, Application Forms and Guidelines are available from our Customer Services team on 07 571 8008 or any of our Library and Service Centres at:​
Barkes Corner, Greerton
Te Puke
Waihi Beach

Completed applications and enquiries may be directed to:

 John Rauputu
Western Bay of Plenty District Council
Private Bag 12803
DD 07 579 6649

Page reviewed: 21 Aug 2017 3:26pm