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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

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.

Community Grants

There 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 SportNZ. 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.

You can view the Community Funding Policy 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




CCS LogoCreative Communities Scheme Funding

Local Arts & Activities

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


Applications for 2019 have now closed.   The funding available for Round 1 was  $11,745.

Please note: Due to an increase in funding we will now be offering two rounds of applications to the Creative Communities Scheme.  A further funding round of $11,745 will be offered in February 2020.  If this time frame fits better with your intended project please consider applying to this second round.

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.

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


About the Scheme

The 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 for new community initiatives and Category 2 for ongoing support to existing community groups who provide community services to all of Central Hawke’s Bay.

CVOS Applications open on July 15th, 2019 and close on August 9, 2019

A pot 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 1 CVOS Application Form

A pot of $20,000 of funding for ongoing financial support to existing Community Groups who provide ongoing Community Services to all of Central Hawke’s Bay.

Category 2 CVOS Application Form

Funding criteria is contained in the application forms above or from the Council office in Ruataniwha St, Waipawa and the Waipukurau Library and Service Centre, Kitchener St, Waipukurau, or by contacting Christine Renata, phone 857 8060 or email:

The Community Pride & Vibrancy fund seeks to 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 1 2018/19                   $10,000
  • 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 or by contacting Christine Renata, phone 857 8060 or 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 are now closed for 2018.

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’.

Previous Recipients - 2016

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.

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

For further information on the Waipawa Building Society Scholarship please contact the Trust Secretary.Telephone +64 6 857 8060.

Applications are closed for 2018

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 19 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 a list of the 2017 recipients here

Guidelines are available at the bottom of this page

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


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