Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund

It's time to do some great stuff for the community!

Applications for Ōtorohanga Community Grants
ROUND TWO for 2023/2024 are now open! 

Last date to apply is 5pm, Thursday 29th February 2024

The Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund (the Fund) provides community assistance to make our district a vibrant place to live.

Since this funds inception in 2021, Ōtorohanga District Council has granted approximately $350,000 to help our people! Over 57 groups have been successful and have used these funds to develop their groups and achieve their community focussed projects.

This contestable fund is available to community groups, non-profits, and organisations with a maximum grant of $5000 per application, and a total annual budget of $100,000, which is spread across two ‘rounds’ at six-month intervals.
For this round there is $45,913.07 available.

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.


You apply online. The application window for Round 2, 2023/2024 is Thursday 1st February 2024 through Thursday 29th February 2024.

Applications will be considered by Council’s Grants and Awards Committee and the deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding will be held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 17 April 2024. All applicants will be informed of the results the following week. Remember this is a rolling fund, if you miss this round just apply for the next one in six months time.


If you have any further questions, or find it difficult to apply online through the link below, please email;  
[email protected]

In order to be able to pause and restart your online application at any moment, and to have quick access to completed applications, you will be asked to register to Connecting Ōtorohanga before starting your application.
Once registered you won't be asked again, and you will be able to easily apply to our other grants and participate in all our public consultations and engagements. 


If you were successful in an Ōtorohanga Community Grant application at the end of 2023, you an ineligible for this round.
You cannot get funding two rounds in a row, this allows us to spread the funding across the community.

If you are successful, or have been before – WELL DONE! As an agreement for receiving funds, you must fill in a Grant Accountability Form.
This tells us all about your project and how it went. It’s a good idea to get it done as soon as you finish. Before you apply for a new project, you must complete the previous one by submitting an accountability form. If you don’t, you won’t be eligible.


Key points;

  • Your project must benefit the Ōtorohanga district community.
  • You must be a registered non-profit/charity OR you must organise and upload a simple agreement in writing, from a registered non-profit who is happy to act as an 'umbrella organisation'. Their details will need to form part of your application. Please get in touch with us if you need help with this. We have a super handy FAQ document to help you and a potential umbrella organisation understand the process.
  • You cannot apply for two rounds in a row unless your previous application was unsuccessful.
  • If you were previously successful and got a grant, you must have completed and sent us a Grant Accountability Form before your new application will be considered.
  • All the rest of the detailed criteria is found in the Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Funding Guidelines. Before you prepare your application have a read through , as it will tell you:
  • whether you are able to apply for Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund funding for your project
  • which projects and costs are eligible and ineligible
  • what information you will need to include in your application

Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Take place within the Ōtorohanga District.
  • Produce benefits which are largely experienced within the Ōtorohanga District.
  • Align to councils community outcomes

If you have any further questions, or find it difficult to apply online through the link below and require a hardcopy version, please email;  [email protected]


Since this funds inception in 2021, Ōtorohanga District Council has granted approximately $350,000 to help our people! Over 57 groups have been successful and have used these funds to develop their groups and achieve their community focussed projects.

Round 1, 2023-2024
Kāwhia NYE Fireworks, Aotea Patrol Community Response Team, Ōtorohanga Kai Forest, Kāwhia Primary School, Kāwhia Sports Club Inc, Ōtorohanga Historical Society (Museum), Arohena Hall, Ōtorohanga Lyceum Club, Bill Millar, Ōtorohanga Primary School, Ōtorohanga Support House Whare Awhina, Turitea Marae, Unlocking potential, Tori Muller.

Round 2, 2022- 2023
Friends of Beattie Home, I am Yoga, Kāwhia Museum, Kāwhia Rowing Regatta, KioKio Hall, Korakonui School, Oparāu Hall, Ōtorohanga Domain Sports Association, Ōtorohanga Football Club, Ōtorohanga Museum, Ōtorohanga Maori Womens Welfare League, Ōtorohanga Tennis Club, Ōtorohanga Truck and Ute Show Event, Toi Aringa Charitable Trust, Tigers Sport Club, Taarewaaanga Marae. 

Round 1, 2022- 2023
Kawhia Move your Tinana Food Festival, Arohena Hall, Otewa Marae, Ngutunui Hall, Maru Energy Trust, Ōtorohanga District Development Board, Onepu Charitable Trust, Ōtorohanga Toy Library, Ōtorohanga Sports Club, Oparau Hall Society, Ōtorohanga Support House Whare Awhina, Ōtorohanga Lyceum Club, Rangatahi Justice, Maihiihi Playcentre, Waikato Polocrosse, Project Kiwiana, Ōtorohanga Croquet Club, Ōtorohanga Riding for the Disabled. 

Round 2, 2021- 2022
Waikato Screen, Korakonui School, Arohena School, North King Country Motorcycle Club, Ōtorohanga Tennis Club, Maihiihi Playcentre, Te Tamawai Trust, Turitea Marae, Nehenehenui Regional Management Committee.

Round 1, 2021- 2022
Waikato Polocrosse, Ōtorohanga Sports Club, Wharepuhunga Playcentre, Comms Safe, Ōtorohanga Museum, Ōtorohanga Riding for the Disabled, Aotea Ratepayers Association, Picnic and Pistons Event, Ōtorohanga Budgeting Services, Beattie Home Community Trust, Ōtorohanga Croquet, Ōtorohanga Senior Citizens Association, Ōtorohanga Tennis Club, Ōtorohanga Domain Sports Association.