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Draft Community Funding Policy

Community funding Policy

We’re proposing a new Community Funding Policy to determine how council provides funding to community organisations.

This policy would govern the distribution of the proposed new community grant fund and the creation of long-term partnership agreements with some community organisations.

The consultation on the Draft Community Funding Policy will open at 9am Friday, 7 May 2021 and close 5pm, Monday 7 June 2021.

What we’re proposing

The proposed Community Funding Policy would govern the use of the proposed community grant fund that is included in the consultation document for the long-term plan (LTP). We are seeking feedback through the LTP on the community grant fund and the amount of that fund.

The policy includes the broad criteria and eligibility requirements of the proposed fund.

The proposed policy would replace the existing Community Investment Policy.

Why are we developing this policy? 

Providing funding to community organisations helps council promote the social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Tauranga residents.

At present, applications for council funding are considered on an ad hoc basis against inconsistent criteria. The proposed policy will ensure that all Tauranga community organisations have an equal opportunity to apply for council funding. All community organisations requesting council funding of between $10,001 and $50,000 will need to apply through a contestable funding round. Applications for funding of less than $10,000 may be referred to the Community Match Fund

All applications will be assessed against the same criteria – how the project will promote social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing of Tauranga, the community outcomes included in Council’s LTP and the Community Partnerships Principles of Support. 

There will be two funding rounds each year.

We recognise that there are a number of community organisations in Tauranga that create positive change in our community and support local community leadership development. We are suggesting that such groups be prioritised for multi-year funding agreements (partnership agreements).

This means those groups will not have to apply each year for contestable funding. Organisations with existing funding agreements will be required to seek new partnership agreements.

Iwi and hapū organisations will be encouraged to apply to the grant fund alongside community organisations.

The development of a community funding policy complements existing council support to community organisations. This support includes, for example, the provision of buildings and other facilities through community leases and funding for events. The Community Development Match Fund of $150,000 per annum will continue unchanged.

Have your say

Submissions closed at 5pm, 07 June.


  • Early 2021 – April 2021
    Preparation of draft policy and consultation document
  • 7 May – 7 June 2021
    Public consultation
  • Mid 2021
  • Mid to late 2021
    Final policy adoption and policy becomes operative.

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