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Community Development Match Fund

Tauranga City Council’s Community Development Match Fund is about helping groups deliver new initiatives that foster strong, innovative, and vibrant communities, by contributing 50% of the project costs up to $5,000.

Match Fund purpose

The Community Development Match Fund aims to support small community-led projects that provide community benefit. The projects can be either new initiatives requiring seed funding, or they may be repeat projects seeking funding to enable them to be provided to the community again.

The Match Fund at a glance

Who can apply?

  • Applications are welcomed from community organisations, not-for-profit groups, communities of interest, iwi, hapū or kaupapa Māori organisations, informal and grass roots neighbourhood groups.
  • Groups with no formal legal structure and individuals may also apply provided that the project, activity and/or service they are seeking funding for has some community benefit.
  • Applicants are only eligible for one Match Fund grant in the same financial year (July to June).


Please see guidelines for further information to see the list of exclusions to this fund.

Guidelines for applicants (95kb pdf)

What about the 'Match'?

You need to provide a match of at least 50% of the total value of the project of

  • in-kind support, or
  • volunteer time, or
  • money as your match.

How the process works:

  • Application Submission = anytime
  • Decision released = within four weeks of receipt of application
  • Payment = within two weeks of decision released
  • Accountability reporting = within year of payment date or when project is complete (whichever is earlier)

Example of a successful community grant application

Mount Pickleball Club – small Match Fund recipient
What the grant supported

The Mount Pickleball Club applied for funding to purchase 200 tournament pickleball balls. These were utilised immediately with the significant demand of five sessions a week and around 100 members. The tournament quality balls are especially important, as they are used in the open events around New Zealand where many Tauranga Pickleball members compete.

View example application (134kb pdf)

Apply now

Need help with your application?

For help with making an application, contact grants.enquiries@tauranga.govt.nz

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