The Community Matching Fund is available to Western Bay community groups and organisations.
There is $160,000 ($100,000 general fund and $60,000 environmental fund) 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.
Grants are "matched" on a 50/50 basis. Council's half is a cash grant with grants between $1,000 to $10,000 being the most common. 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.
The total amount available in 2023 is $160,000, made up of $100,000 in the General Fund and $60,000 in the Environment Fund. You may apply for any amount, up to the value of your own contribution. The amount applied for should include GST.
Generally, applications are between $1,000 and $10,000.
Applications are assessed on a number of criteria. Application can only be considered if they meet the eligibility requirements above. If they do, priority will be given to initiatives and projects that:
Have the greatest degree of public benefit and are free to the public
Build strong, resilient communities and enhance wellbeing
Build the capacity of individuals via education and/or training
Include partnerships with other groups/agencies
Contribute to outcomes for the aging population, young people, people with disabilities, and/or local public art.
Contribute to Safer Communities, or Welcoming Communities programmes.
A 2023 Community Matching Fund Application Form must be completed online and supporting documentation supplied.
The Application Form must be completed online at www.westernbay.govt.nz , click on the Apply Now button. Applications that do not use the online form cannot be considered.
Applicants have the responsibility to obtain any resource consents, permits or licenses, etc., needed to undertake these activities. Costs associated with these should be mentioned in your application.