Buller District Council


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;

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 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 February 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 first funding round for the 2021/22 Financial Year will open in July 2021 and will close on 31 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.

Funding from Community Grants is available once per financial year (1 July – 30 June).
Community Grant Application Form (892Kb)
Community Outcomes From Councils Long Term Plan(1.3Mb)
Community Grant Accountability Form (807Kb)

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.

The 2020/21 Financial Year funding round will open from the 18 January 2021 and will close on the 19 February 2021.

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

ACCOUNTABILITY FORM – 2020 – 2021 (164Kb)

Facilities Hire Fund

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.

Facilities Hire Application Form (928Kb)

Community-Led Volunteer Revitalisation Fund

About the fund
Buller District Council has committed $150,000 per year 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

The funding for the 2020/2021 financial year has closed. We will advice you if funding is available for the 2021/22 Financial Year in June 2021. 

Community- Led Revitalisation Fund Information (443Kb)
Project Progress Report Form word (41Kb)
Project Progress Report.docx pdf (462Kb)

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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