Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund
Planning a community event that needs funding to make it happen? Our new joint event fund may be the answer!
The Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund is a collaboration between Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Acorn Foundation, Bay Trust, and TECT to provide a streamlined approach to the support of community events taking place in the region. The fund provides financial support to events that are community-led, deliver positive social and economic outcomes, and enrich our communities.
Find out more about the fund and apply here.
Event funding - our vision and guiding pronciples
Bring people together to celebrate our communities.
We expect events to demonstrate all values to some degree, relevant to the size, scale and nature of the event. Our funding decisions are heavily weighted towards these principles, and we recommend that all applicants take the time to meaningfully address these areas in their application.
- Celebrate the diversity and culture within our District
- Engage youth and encourage participation
- Remove or reduce financial barriers for participation
- Make provisions for vulnerable or disadvantaged communities.
- Create an inclusive, accessible and welcoming environment for everyone.
- Demonstrate an overall environmental responsibility
- Celebrate the natural environment within the District
- Identify and minimise negative impacts on the environment
- Create a financially viable event
- Develop a Waste Minimisation Plan, which focuses on diversion from landfill
- Create a safe environment for participants
- Promote good health and safety practices at events
- Identify associated risks and take practical steps to remove or reduce them
- Develop a Health and Safety plan to create a safe event
The following priorities are the current strategic focus areas for the event funding. Events are required to measurably demonstrate one or more of these priorities. Our funding decisions are heavily weighted towards our priorities (and principles), and we recommend that all applicants take the time to meaningfully address these areas in their application.
- Arts & Culture – celebrates diverse cultural identity and the creative arts. We are committed to celebrating our diverse cultural identities and fostering the creative arts to enhance the wellbeing of our community.
- Community Inclusivity – encourages social inclusiveness and accessibility within the community. We welcome events to our District that build community pride, embrace diversity and reduce or remove participation barriers.
- Community Focused– shows a direct benefit to the community. We welcome events that identify a need within the community and work with the community to deliver the event.
- Health, Safety and Wellbeing – shows responsibility for planning and managing risk to deliver a safe event for the community. Promotes mental wellness, healthy living and social connection and understand how this looks for different groups and communities.
- Kaupapa Māori – promotes and shares tikanga māori. We recognise the importance of nurturing Māoritanga principles and welcome events which interweave māori traditions, values and language into events.
- Sports and Active Recreation – provides sporting and recreational experiences for the community. We encourage the use of council reserves, walkways and cycleways as a place to be active, to be involved and to connect.