Buller District Council

Funding

The Buller District Council administers a range of funding. Some funds are provided by Council, other funds are provided by other organisations and administered by Council.

Council has a Grants Committee, which considers applications. In some circumstances, additional community members are co-opted on to a committee to review applications e.g. the Creative Communities Sub-Committee.

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

Information on givUS givME funding database

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 fund is provided by Council and is 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 February and September each year. Assistance is not available for individuals or commercial activities.

Applicants can only be granted money from this fund once each financial year (1 July – 30 June).

Generally, more funding requests are received than funds available, so not all applications can be assisted.

The first funding round for the 2021/22 financial year will open in July 2021 and will close on 23 August 2021.  

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.

Application forms

Community Grant Application Form 2021
Community Grant Info Sheet-2021
Community Grants Policy 2021
Community Outcomes 2021

For further information regarding Council’s Community Outcomes please click here.

Note: The Community, Environment, and Services Committee will recommend that Council adopts the draft grants policy at its meeting on 21 July 2021.

Accountability statements 

For accountability statements for funding received prior to September 2021 please use this form Community-Grant-Accountability Statement March 2021 OLD.

For accountability statements for funding received from September 2021 please use this form Community-Grant-Accountability Statement 2021 NEW

Application evaluation

All applications are assessed against the community outcomes and are presented to the Community, Environment and Services Committee in the document below to assist with decision making.

Community Grant Evaluation Tool

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 with the 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.

The 2020/21 financial year funding round has closed. Information about 2021/2022 funding will posted here in the near future. Come back soon or call us on 0800 807 239 to make an enquiry. 

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

Facilities hire fund

The Grants Committee 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.

Applications need to be submitted a minimum of one full week before your event.

Facilities Hire Application Form (928Kb)

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

Community-led Volunteer Revitalisation Fund

Buller District Council has committed $50,000 in the financial year 2021/22 to the Community-Led Revitalisation Fund (CLRF). The fund is contestable and is designed to support projects that will:
• Transform our public spaces
• Bring new life to our communities and enhance community well being
• Grow community ownership of our places through the contribution of volunteers
• Strengthen the relationship between Council and the community

Come back soon for more info and to access the application form.

Reference documents for applications
Westport Revitalisation Project Design Framework
Greater Punakaiki Master Plan

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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