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External funding sources

If you are in need of funding but do not meet the criteria for any of the Council administered funds; or are searching for additional support, there are a number of external avenues to pursue. Below is some useful information and links to funding providers at both a regional and national level.

External funding opportunities

Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa provides funding for programmes or projects delivering play, active recreation and sport experiences for tamariki and rangatahi. These may be new or already operating.

The Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa Funding is open to an array of organisations such as hapu, iwi, Maori organisations, sports clubs, churches, education providers, not for profit organisations, community groups, councils, and social enterprise that run programms to provide youth physical activity in Kaikoura, Buller/Kawatiri, Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough.

Sport Tasman is managing Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa on behalf of Sport NZ in Te Tau Ihu – Top of the South.

Application forms and further information are available on the Sport Tasman website.

The West Coast Community Trust operates under the Community Trusts Act 1999. Its purpose is to manage its investments and apply the income from these investments by way of grants for charitable, cultural, philanthropic, recreational and other purposes in Buller, Grey and Westland.

The trust donates under six broad categories: Education, Welfare / Social, Health, Art & Culture, Sport & Recreation, Youth.

Groups and organisations are eligible to apply if they perform a community service by:

  • Contribution to community well-being.
  • Promoting education and learning.
  • Offering activities and services for the benefit of the community; or
  • Giving time and resources to alleviate social problems.

These groups and organisations should be:

  • An incorporated society.
  • A registered charitable trust; or
  • A body (or club) controlled by an association of persons under an adopted constitution and rules with audited accounts and an annual report.

Application forms and further information are available on the West Coast Communities Trust page.

The trust has two annual grant rounds with applications closing on 30 April and 31 October each year.

Development West Coast is the regional economic development agency for the West Coast region. Development West Coast’s objectives are to promote employment opportunities and generate sustainable economic benefits for the West Coast. To achieve this, Development West Coast provides business support, grants and loans, upskill funding, and regional events.

To find out more go to Development West Coast’s website.

Funding support in Reefton

Community groups, clubs, and businesses in Reefton, who need; support with planning fundraising, require funding for a community project or event, wanting to start or expand business or just have an idea you want to explore, are invited to contact Rachel Fifield, Reefton’s socio-economic development officer.


Call or email Rachel to discuss your fundraising projects for 2023. Rachel offers support with finding the right funding available, link you with agencies and can assist you with funding applications.

Email: Buller.SEDO@gmail.com
Phone: 027 2523 731
Office hours: Monday to Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Funding support for Buller

If you don't know where to start your funding journey, our staff can assist you in accessing opportunities and provide useful advice to put your next application together.

Email grants@bdc.govt.nz or call Customer Services on 0800 807 239.