Grants and Funding
Community Matching Fund (CMF)
About the grant
The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay Community Groups. Please note: Applications are now closed for 2019.
The 2020 application dates will be confirmed here early next year.
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.
Apply for the Community Matching Fund
- Community Matching Fund Application Guidelines Document
- Community Matching Fund Online Form
- Community Matching Fund Printable Application Form
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.
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.
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.