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There are a range of grants and funding options for community groups available from key funding providers such as Eastern & Central Community Trust, Department of Internal Affairs, community and public trusts etc.

Grants & Funding

The are a range of grants and funding options for community groups available from key funding providers such as Eastern & Central Community Trust, Department of Internal Affairs, community and public trusts etc.

Community Grants

The are various forms of community grants to support and encourage voluntary groups and community based organisations to address their issues, activities or programmes in Central Hawke's Bay

Community groups can apply for Council Funding via the Community Voluntary Organisation Support Funding and the Community Pride and Vibrancy Fund. Council also administers the  Creative Communities Grant on behalf of Creative Communities NZ and the Rural Travel Fund on behalf of Sport NZ. These grants are contestable so the success of your application would depend on the criteria, priority of the respective grant compared with the others, and the grants money available for allocation.

The 2021 Community Funding Policy can be found here

Central Hawke's Bay District Libraries provide access to GivUS and GivMe funding opportunities provided by Generosity New Zealand.

These are searchable databases that offer access to more than 1200 grants, awards and other funding. You can access the databases from the library webpages

Hawke's Bay Funders Forum 

The Hawke's Bay Funders Forum is made up of Funders throughout Hawke's Bay who meet on a regular basis to achieve a stronger and more connected sector. 

The intentions of the Hawke’s Bay Funders Forum (“the Forum”) are to:

  •  Strengthen trust, communication and knowledge-sharing between charitable funders and other parties involved in the sector.
  •  Provide an opportunity to discuss developments in the sector at strategic and operational levels.
  •  Provide an opportunity to discuss significant community projects in Hawke’s Bay, enabling Forum members (individually or jointly) to collaboratively initiate or contribute to projects where appropriate.
  •  To allow Forum participants to identify and discuss key regional issues, trends, and opportunities. 
  •  Keep abreast of relevant policy and changes to policy of individual funders   

The Hawke's Bay Funders Forum Terms of Reference can be found here - a list of those funders within the Forum can also be located within this document. 

Other Funding organisations include:

Eastern & Central Community Trust
Hawke’s Bay Foundation  
Department of Internal Affairs  
Sport Hawke's Bay
Pub Charity
Grassroots Trust
Lion foundation
First Light  

Central Hawke's Bay Funding Roadshow

On Monday 4th April 2022 funders with the Hawke's Bay Funders Forum came together to present information to the community about funding they have available. 

The session was livestreamed and recorded. If you missed it you can view it by clicking on this link:

Click here for a copy of the powerpoint presentation

 Central Hawke’s Bay District Council (Council) through its Environmental and Sustainability Strategy (the Strategy) has set an intent and direction to more purposefully control its impact on the environment and to be a leader in promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly practice in Central Hawke’s Bay. Through project THRIVE, residents voiced a want to protect and enhance the place they call home in Central Hawke’s Bay. The Strategy provides direction and guidance as to how Council will play its part and support others to play theirs including through the provision of funding.

Community groups or members can apply for Environmental and Sustainability funding under the terms and criteria set out in the policy.


TheEnvironmental and Sustainability Fund (the Fund)seeks to support Communitybasednot-for-profitorganisationsor individualsthatsupport our community toTHRIVE.


Creative Communities Scheme Funding

Local Arts & Activities

Dance  -  Workshops  -  Exhibitions  - Concerts  -  Arts Equipment -  Youth Arts Events

    Applications for Creative Communities Scheme funding have now closed. The next funding round will open in August 2022

The fund is available for distribution to local groups, or individuals for the funding of local arts projects and activities. 

The proposed project must meet one or more of the three funding criteria: 

  • Encourage broad community involvement
  • Support cultural diversity
  • Enable young people to actively participate in the arts.

Refer to the CCS Application Guide for assistance with completing an application. 

Click here to view the successful applicants of the February 2022 round

Refer to the Community Funding Policy listed above for information about eligibility and the application process.

For further information regarding the scheme, please contact Bridget Cover on on 857 8060 or email

The Community Voluntary Organisation Support (CVOS) funding round will open again in July 2022.

About the Scheme

The Community Voluntary Organisation Support (CVOS) Fund is available to community based voluntary non-profit organisations domiciled in Central Hawke’s Bay. 

It is made up of two categories –

Category 1 -A pool of $10,000 of funding to support Voluntary Organisations seeking grants for New Community Initiatives. Category 1 funding is for Community Groups who have not received funding from CVOS, or the Community Initiatives Fund previously, or from groups who have received funding but are applying for a new project.


Category 2 –A pool of $20,000 for ongoing support to existing community groups who provide community services to all of Central Hawke’s Bay.

Refer to the Community Funding Policy listed above for information about eligibility and the application process.

Click here to download Category 1 Application Form 

Click here to download Category 2 Application Form

This fund is now closed and will re-open in July 2022

For any further information please contact us on 857 8060 or via email:


The Community Pride & Vibrancy fund seeks to support community opportunities to create pride and vibrancy in Central Hawke’s Bay.  The fund supports projects that are an activity, programme or development that will occur in a public space and promotes our community to THRIVE.

Successful applications will result in outcomes that support our communities identity, attract people’s interest, inspire and engage people and overall, contribute to a sense of community. Applications to the fund may not always be monetary and could include the provision of material, labour or other support.

The funds available each financial year are

  • Year 2 2019/20                   $15,000
  • Year 3 2020/21 onwards $20,000

By resolution of the elected council, this fund may increase or decrease.  Central Hawke’s Bay District Councils financial year is 1 July – 30 June.

Applications for the Community Pride & Vibrancy fund are now open and applications may be submitted at any time.  The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council Community Development Committee will meet regularly throughout the year to assess applications.  Applications must be submitted at least one month before the planned start date of your activity, event or project.

Funding criteria is contained in the application form available here

For further information about eligibility or the application process refer to the Community Funding Policy listed above or you can contact us on 857 8060 or via email: . 

The Eric Tate Scholarship was established in 1984 by Mr Eric Tate (now deceased) of Napier and formerly a resident of Waipawa.

The scholarship shall be awarded only to students who normally reside in the area served by the former Waipawa District High School and the townships of Ongaonga, Tikokino and Otane, and who have spent the greater part of their secondary education (the decision of the Trustees on this requirement to be final) at Central Hawke's Bay College.

The scholarships shall be awarded to students to assist them in pursuing a full time course of tertiary education.

Each scholarship awarded initially for a period of one year and may be extended to a maximum of two years at the discretion for the trustees if the scholarship holder achieves satisfactory academic results in their first year of study.

The Trustees of the Scholarship are:

  • The Principal of Central Hawke’s Bay College 
  • Her Worship the Mayor, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 
  • Chief Executive of Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 

Applications are to be lodged with the Principal, Central Hawke’s Bay College by the end of October each year.

For further information please contact Central Hawke's Bay College or the Council.

Applications for 2021 are now closed!

The Waipawa Building Society Scholarship Trust was established in 1990 by the Waipawa County Permanent Building and Investment Society and is administered by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council as ‘Custodian Trustee’.

The scholarship is awarded for tertiary education in New Zealand of any person or persons whose place of residence is within the Central Hawke’s Bay District.

If you have any questions please contact the Governance & Support Officer, Caitlyn Dine on 06 857 8060 or email

Applications closed on Sunday 31 October.

The following criteria are taken into consideration when allocating funds to applicants:

  1. The applicant must be a resident of Central Hawke’s Bay
  2. The applicant must be intending to attend, or actually attending a course of tertiary education
  3. The extent to which the applicant will sustain financial hardship by attending the course
  4. The applicant should be capable of improving their future educational prospects by attendance at the course
  5. That excepting extreme financial hardship, preference be given to those applicants who have not previously received funds from the Trust
  6. That excepting special circumstances, preference be given to applicants attending the first year of tertiary education

The Trustees of the Scholarship are:

  • Her Worship the Mayor, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 
  • Chief Executive, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council 
  • One Ruataniwha Ward Councillor (appointed by Council)
  • Waipawa and Districts Lions Club representative
  • Waipukurau Rotary Club representative

Applications for the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund are closed and will open in November 2022.

The Rural Travel Fund is a partnership between Sport New Zealand and local authorities to assist the development of junior sport in rural communities by providing a travel subsidy.



The Rural Travel Fund has been developed to support the participation in sport by young people living in rural communities.

Sport New Zealand have outlined 4 key priorities for rural communities:

  1. Developing a rural participation strategy
  2. Distributing a one-off rural travel fund
  3. Investing in active communities
  4. Establishing new sport and physical activity coordinators in rural high schools

The rural travel fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams participating in local sport competition.


Application for the Rural Travel Fund is open to rural sports clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5 and 18 years who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.

The following criteria will be applied:

  • A school club team is defined as participating in regular local sport competition out of school time, that excludes inter school and intra school competitions played during school time; and/or
  • A sports club team participating in organised, regular sport competition through club membership outside of school time.

Examples of eligible expenses include fuel costs and bus hire. 

  • Travel to regional or national events is NOT eligible.

You can view the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund 2021-2024 Guidelines here


You can view the list of successful 2020/2021 applications here

For more information please contact Central Hawke’s Bay District Council on 857 8060 or email:

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme or COGS provides grants to non-profit organisations delivering community-based social services that contribute to achieving locally determined outcomes.

COGS provides grants to non-profit community groups and organisations delivering community-based social services, projects and events. Grants are one-off contributions for:

  • the running or operational costs of organisations that provide community-based social services
  • community development costs, such as hui, training, planning, evaluation and facilitator fees
  • community projects or event costs that:
    • encourage participation in communities
    • promote community leadership
    • promote social, economic and cultural equity

The Department of Internal Affairs will be hosting 2 COGS Workshops to assist organisations in applying for this Grants Scheme. The workshops will be held at The Knowledge ad Learning Hub - Te Huinga Wai:

  • Monday 2 May 2022 - 1-2pm
  • Monday 9 May 2022 - 1-2pm

Please pop into once of these workshops for further assistance or phone our team on - 06 857 80 60 

For further information click here

Applications open on 18 April and close 18 May 2022, with a decision date for 29 July 2022. 



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