The Buller District Council provides and/or administers a range of funding to community organisations or groups throughout the Buller district. Some are Councils own grants, administered and disbursed at its own discretion. Others are administered on behalf of external organisations. These require the Council to meet the funding guidelines that have been laid down by these bodies.
Council has a Communities Grants Committee, which considers the various applications to the funds at scheduled meetings. In some circumstances, such as the Creative New Zealand funding, additional community members are co-opted on to the committee.
Some of the grants provided and/or administered by Council include;
The community grants fund was set up to support the work of community groups and volunteer organisations who are providing community and social projects and services within the Buller district.
This is Council’s own grants fund, budgeted for each year within its Annual Plan. The funding pool is set annually, and the pool is contestable. Applications are called for twice a year, with funding decisions made in March and September. Applications for each round generally close in early March and September each year. Assistance is not available for individuals or commercial activities.
Generally, more funding requests are received than funds available, so not all applications can be assisted.
Funding rounds for 2016 are now closed.
The next funding round closes at 4.30pm on Monday 3 March 2017.
Application forms and further information are available below and from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on (03) 788 9111.
Funding from Community Grants is available once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).
This is an annual grant to non-profit tourism providers which is allocated through the Annual Plan. Tourism operators need to apply to the Annual Plan for funding that goes towards the day-to-day running of the business.
Annual Plan is usually open for submissions during March each year, with hearings being held in May.
The Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund is open to rural sports clubs and school teams who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to regular local sporting competitions. This funding is eligible for attending regional or national events.
This funding is allocated once a year in conjunction with the March Community Grants funding round.
Application forms and further information are available from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 788 9111. An application pack can be downloaded below.
The next funding round will be in March 2017, the closing date for this round is 4.30pm on Friday 3 March 2017.
The community grants committee annually allocates a small funding pool to assist in subsidising hire costs of Council facilities for non-profit community events. This is part of Council’s own community grants fund, budgeted for each year within its Annual Plan. Applications are taken throughout the year, dependent on funds remaining in the grant pool. The fund is designed to assist with one-off events, and is not available for commercial activities.
If an organisation is charging a door/cover charge the maximum amount that can be allocated in one application is $200.
If an organisation is not charging a door/cover charge the maximum amount that can be allocated in one application is $400.
An organisation/individual is only eligible to receive this facility hire funding once per financial year.
Application forms and further information are available from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 03 788 9111. An application form can be downloaded below. Applications need to be submitted for consideration a minimum of one full week before the event applying for.
A grant is payable to any person residing in the Buller District and also to any primary or secondary student attending boarding school whose parents reside in the Buller District who are selected by a recognised bona-fide national body/association or organisation to represent New Zealand within New Zealand or to represent New Zealand overseas.
The policy is not intended to provide funding for selection of area or district representatives who are attending a meeting or symposium type event as part of national representation at an international forum. Grants are to be considered on an application basis as per Council’s official form, with the value of grant to be determined by Council.
Each individual person is to be eligible for no more than two grants, one representing New Zealand internally and one representing New Zealand overseas.
The level of the grant to be reviewed by Council from time to time with the present maximum level being:
The Development West Coast Amateur Sports Trust assists amateur sports people on the West Coast who have been recognised by their sports body as having potential to reach representative level to participate in training and competition.
Funding rounds are in March and September each year. Please click here for more information including an application form.
givUS is a database of funding information that is available throughout New Zealand for Community based groups and organisations.
givME is a database of Scholarships and grants available for individuals for personal development.
Anyone can access either of these services by going into the library at Westport or Reefton or if you have a Library membership card you can access these services online by clicking here. Please note, when accessing online you need to enter your library membership card number, please include the B at the beginning of your number to access the service.