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What dreams do you have for your local neighbourhood?

Funding is now available to do great things that benefit your local community. The fund is open to not-for-profit groups, communities of interest, informal and grassroots neighbourhood groups. Your idea must provide a public benefit and be free and open to the public, be organised and run by members of the community who will benefit, demonstrate community match and it must occur within the Tauranga City boundaries.

Community match means you need to demonstrate a match to the value of what you apply for, so if you apply for $2000 you need to match by $2000. Your match can be in the form of volunteer hours, other sponsorship or donations.

There are two grant levels with a total of $50k available over the year:

  • Small grants up to $1000 and you can apply anytime of the year with a total of $10k available. 
  • Medium grants up to $10,000 and applications are invited in November and May. There is a total of $20k available for each of these funding rounds with a total of $40k over the year.

The starting point is to call to discuss your idea or complete a pre application form so we can determine if your project idea fits the fund criteria.

More information on the fund and a copy of application forms

Last Reviewed: 13/02/2017

Funding for Environmental Enhancement Projects

Environmental projects with a community development focus may be eligible for Community Development Match Funding.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has an Environmental Enhancement Fund available for community initiatives.

The EnviroHub, a not-for-profit organisation, also provides advice on environmental issues, funding opportunities and scholarships. 

Community Development Match Fund

BOPRC Environmental Enhancement Fund


Last Reviewed: 08/02/2017

Arts and Culture Funding

Creative Tauranga is the best contact point for information on funding for Arts and Culture activities and projects.  They administer the Creative Communities funding for this area on behalf of Creative New Zealand.


Last Reviewed: 03/10/2016

Stewart Trust and Carruthers Trust Fund

Tauranga City Council has responsibility for administering the Stewart Trust Fund and Carruthers Trust Fund. The
Stewart Trust Fund is to be used for the relief of poverty.  The Carruthers Trust Fund is to be used for essential
maintenance to houses predominately occupied by aged or needy persons.

Information outlining the process and funding criteria are available in the Policy below.

If you have any enquiries about the Trust Funds please contact Michelle Elborn, Sustainability Advisor on 07 577 7000.

Last Reviewed: 12/01/2017

Home Insulation

In order to improve the insulation and heating in our homes the Government launched the Warm Up New Zealand Heat Smart programme. The programme provides free ceiling and underfloor  insulation for low-income households occupied by people with health needs related to cold, damp housing. Availability will be through regional projects.

However not all regions will be covered and there may be some areas within regions without coverage. Also please be aware that funding is limited.

For more information on the programme and to find local providers.

Last Reviewed: 05/04/2017