Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund

ROUND TWO opened on 1 March 2023 and NOW CLOSES ON 7 APRIL 2023!!!

The round two deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding is being held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 18 May 2023.  All applicants will be informed of the out come in the following week.

The Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund (the Fund) is a contestable fund for community groups and organisations with a maximum grant of $5000 per application, and a total annual budget of $100,000. There is $41,600.00 available for round two.

The Fund provides community assistance for the ‘not for profit’ sector, in order to create a strong social, environmental, economic and cultural base for our District and to meet local needs, while contributing to the achievement of Council’s Community Outcomes [PDF 56 KB] and supporting Council’s priorities.

The Fund Guidelines [PDF 490 KB] were adopted by Council on 17 August 2021 and set out the funding criteria and allocation process for the Fund and help ensure the distribution of funding;

  • Is appropriately targeted;
  • Delivers the best value for our communities;
  • Occurs in a consistent, efficient and effective manner;
  • Is fair and transparent; and,
  • Promotes accountability.

The Fund replaces previous funds such as Sundry Grants, Sport Support and other funds that have been given out on a case by case basis by Council in the past.

The Fund does not replace the Sport NZ Travel Fund or the Creative NZ Fund as the criteria and funding of these are provided by their respective agencies.


Round two of Community Grants Fund applications will open 1 March 2022 and will close at 3pm on 7 April.

Applications will be considered by Council’s Grants and Awards Committee, with confirmed meeting dates being advertised publicly.  We anticipate decisions on applications will be communicated to applicants within six (6) weeks of the application closing date.


Groups eligible to apply and the criteria for funding can be found in the Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund Guidelines [PDF 490 KB] [PDF, 490 KB].


All applications must be;

  • Made via this Community Grants Application Form (link below).
  • Complete with all necessary information attached.
  • Submitted before the advertised closing date/time.  

Please note:

A maximum of one application per annum, an organisation cannot apply for two consecutive rounds.

Incomplete or late applications may be deemed ineligible and therefore may not be considered for funding.

All applications must include the following:

  • Proof of legal entity, governance structure and charter/constitution.
  • The organisation’s latest confirmed annual financial accounts.
  • Verified bank account details for the applicant organisation.
  • Information about other support (funding, in-kind, etc) the group has received from other sources generally and other support sought in relation to the application.
  • Disclosure of any other monies, grants, benefits or assistance the group receives from Council, including but not limited to; rates remission, water charge reductions, insurances, reduced rental, etc.


Click here for the online application.  If you need help completing the online form or uploading the supporting information and documentation head to Ōtorohanga Library where the friendly staff can help you get it all done!


If you have been a previous successful applicant and you’ve finished your project or activity it’s now time to get your accountability form competed.  Click here to access the form and again if you need help completing the online form or uploading the supporting information and documentation head to Ōtorohanga Library where the awesome team can help you.

If you have any further questions please email [email protected]


Round One 2021-2022

Click here for the Grants and Funding Committee meeting agendas with application details

  • Polocrosse
  • Ōtorohanga Sports Club Inc
  • Wharepuhunga Playcentre
  • CommSafe
  • Otorohanga Historical Society / Otorohanga Museum
  • Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc
  • Aotea Ratepayers Association
  • Otorohanga Budgeting Services
  • Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club Inc and Kiwitown Cruisers Inc / Kiwitown Picnic and Pistons at the Island
  • Beattie Community Trust Incorporated
  • Croquet Ōtorohanga
  • Ōtorohanga Senior Citizens Association
  • Ōtorohanga Tennis Club
  • Otorohanga Domain Sports Association