Funding available for Western Bay community projects

30/04/2018 12:00 a.m.

​Monday, 30 April 2018​

Does your community group have a project in mind but needs extra funding to get it over the line?
Community groups in the Western Bay can apply for a portion of $100,000 for projects set to benefit the District.

Application forms​ for Western Bay of Plenty District Council's 2018 Community Matching Fund are now available, with applications able to be submitted from 12 June until 12 July.

The matching fund is designed to help not-for-profit community groups help themselves, by matching their contributions with an equivalent dollar value. 

Last year 27 projects received funding. Successful projects included planting native trees to enhance ecological values at Makahae Marae, community art projects in Omokoroa, a youth development and mentoring programme in Katikati, and a community garden in Waihi Beach.

Council’s Community Development Advisor, Glenn Ayo, says the matching fund recognises the enormous effort community groups contribute to such projects.

"We know that people put a huge amount of time, effort and resources into their projects. This fund allows us to match their efforts with a grant. It’s a great way Council and community groups can work together to foster strong and vibrant communities.”

There are two parts to the fund – a general fund for social, recreational and cultural initiatives, which has a pool of $60,000, and the environmental fund for projects benefitting the natural environment which has a pool of $40,000.

"We're keen to see some more applications for the environmental fund this year – environment-focused groups should take full advantage of the money available."

Application forms and guidelines are available now at and applications will be accepted from Tuesday, 12 June until Thursday, 12 July 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified between Thursday, 30 August and Friday, 14 September 2018.

Page reviewed: 07 May 2018 2:15pm