Grants and Funding
Facilities in the Community Fund - Open now!
The next funding round for Facilities in the Community Grant is now open. Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 1 May 2020.
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 also be aware that successful applicants can uplift the grant after 1 July 2020.
You can learn more about the funding requirements and application process from the following. The application form is included:
Alternatively, Application Forms and Guidelines are available from our Customer Services team on 07 571 8008 or the Western Bay of Plenty District Council Library and Service Centres at:
- Barkes Corner, Greerton
- Waihi Beach
- Te Puke
Completed applications can be posted to John Rauputu - Recreation Planner at:
Western Bay of Plenty District Council,
PO Box 12803, Tauranga Mail Centre,
Or scanned and emailed to John.Rauputu@westernbay.govt.nz
For further information or assistance, please contact John Rauputu on 07 571 8008.
Community Matching Fund (CMF)
About the grant
The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups.
The 2020 application dates will be confirmed here shortly.
Council makes up to $140,000 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 $100,000.
The Environmental fund has a pool of $40,000.
Applications may have components that could be allocated to both funds. There is no need to specify which fund you are applying to.
The maximum amount that can be applied for is the full $140,000, although the full amount has never been granted. Grants between $2,000 to $20,000 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. See guidelines below for more details.
If you require further information or need assistance, please contact the Executive Assistant for the CEO Group, or phone Charlene Page on 07 571 8008.
Community Matching Fund posters
Council invites Western Bay community groups to apply for funding. Please feel free to download and use any of these posters, which has been translated into Mandarin, Hindi, Punjabi, Samoan and Tongan.
Creative Communities Scheme
Creative BOP provide funding to support community arts and culture projects in Tauranga and in the Western Bay of Plenty. Funding is available twice a year. Sign up to the CUSP newsletter to be kept in the loop with funding round dates - sign up here.
The first round opens on Monday, 10 February 2020 and closes on Thursday, 5 March 2020.
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)
- Katikati Community Board (PDF, 226KB)
- Maketu Community Board (PDF, 147KB)
- Omokoroa Community Board (PDF, 147KB)
- Te Puke Community Board (PDF, 147KB)
- Waihi Beach Community Board (PDF, 148KB)
For more information, please email Customer Services Team or phone 07 571 8008.