Buller District Council

Funding

The Buller District Council provides and/or administers a range of funding to community organisations and groups throughout the Buller district.  Some are Councils own grants, administered and disbursed at its own discretion.  Others are administered on behalf of central Government Organisations, therefore these require the Council to meet the funding guidelines that have been set by these bodies.

Council has a 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 a specific Sub-Committee.

Some of the grants provided and/or administered by Council include;

Economic Stimulus Fund

Development West Coast provided $1m of funding to the Buller District Council for Economic Stimulus Funding. The purpose of this fund is to stimulate business development and growth in the district. There is currently $90,000 available for allocation.

Buller District Council administer the fund, however, DWC give final approval to funding applications.

Criteria for the fund:

All projects/proposals must:

  • Comply with the objects of the DWC Deed of Trust (“the Deed”);
  • Provide a minimum of 10% equity pursuant to the Deed;
  • Demonstrate how the project will promote employment opportunities and/or generate sustainable economic benefit for the District;
  • Demonstrate how the project will support business; and
  • Must demonstrate leverage of additional funding from other sources.

Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Have employment opportunities as a direct result of the distribution; and
  • Leverage other external funding.

Exclusions from this fund are:

  • Projects that have already received other DWC funding;
  • Feasibility studies;
  • Compliance and regulatory costs (e.g. obtaining certification or resource consent)
  • Funding of community assets and projects, such as:
    • Sport & Recreational facilities & buildings;
    • Community halls;
    • Theatres;
    • Museums;
    • Art Galleries;
    • Memorials.

Community Grants

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.

The next funding round closes at 4.30pm on Monday 4 September 2017.

Application forms and further information are available below and from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.

Funding from Community Grants is available once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).

Events Support Fund

The Buller District Council Events Support Fund is for groups/organisations that are carrying out new major events in Buller. Events need to be new or in the first three years of establishment.

This is a new fund, that Council budgets 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.

The next funding round closes at 4.30pm on Monday 4 September 2017.

The application form is available below and from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.

Funding from this Events Support Fund is available once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).

Tourism Grants

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 their business.

Annual Plan is usually open for submissions during March each year, with hearings being held in May.

Rural Travel Fund (Sport NZ)

The Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund is a partnership between Sport New Zealand and Territorial Authorities (Buller District Council) that assists that development of junior sport in rural communities by providing funding to subsidise travel.

The Rural Travel Fund is open to rural sports clubs and school club teams with members aged between 5 and 19 years, that require financial assistance for transport expenses to participate in regular local sporting competitions. A rural school club team will be eligible for funding if it is participating in a regular sports competition out of school time, and excludes inter-school/intra-school competitions run during school time.

Funding for the Buller district is allocated on an annual basis, in conjunction with the Council’s Community Grants funding round held in March.
Closing dates for submitting applications are usually at the end of February. Please check avenues below for the confirmed date appropriate to you.

Application forms and further information are available below, from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.

The next funding round will be in March 2018, the closing date for this round will be advised soon.

Community Facilities Hire Subsidy

The 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.

The application form is available from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.

Applications need to be submitted for consideration a minimum of one full week before the event applying for.

National Representation Assistance

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. This representation can be within New Zealand or 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 the Grants Committee.

Each individual person is to be eligible for no more than two grants.

The level of the grant to be reviewed by Council from time to time with the present maximum level being:

  • Representing New Zealand overseas – $1,000
  • Representing New Zealand internally – $400

The application form is available from Council offices in Westport and Reefton, or by calling Customer Services on 0800 807 239.

Development West Coast Amateur Sports Trust

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 & givME

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.

 

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