Funding Schemes


​​​​​​​Biodiversity Fund 

Council has a Biodiversity Fund for activities that protect or enhance Biodiversity in the Clutha District. More information about the fund criteria and eligibility is available by downloading the Policy on Biodiversity Funding from our policies page.

Applications Forms can be downloaded from our Forms & Guides page. 

For more information, please contact Council's Regulatory Services Department on 03 419 0200 during office hours.

Council Reimbursement

We may be able to provide assistance provided the following criteria are met;

  • The organisation making the application is a non-profit organisation.
  • The organisation provides a service to, or is undertaking a project, that benefits the residents of the Clutha District.

There are two types of assistance;

  • Reimbursement of Council fees and charges (including reimbursement of hire charges for community centres and community halls). No grants will be made for reimbursement of liquor licensing fees.

- Aims to support  organisations by helping reduce the  costs of one-off projects or events.

- Is capped at a maximum of $2000.00 per organisation in any given financial year.

- Excludes reimbursement of liquor licensing fees.

- Please note Community Centre or Hall Hire reimbursement does not include reimbursement of costs for regular use e.g. weekly, monthly or quarterly.

  • Reimbursement of rents for properties leased from Council

- Aims to help reduce costs for organisations leasing Council property.

- Up to $2000.00 per organisation, per annum, is available. 

Other requests for funding assistance from Council need to be made as a submission to the Long Term/Annual Plan. Please read Council's Policy on Reimbursement on our policies page to see whether your organisation might be eligible, or for further information, please contact us on 03 419 0200 during office hours. 

You can download an application form from our All Forms page.

Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme

The primary focus of this scheme is to stimulate and provide support to arts and cultural activities that increase participation and/or increase the range and diversity, making the arts more attractive and relevant to the various communities in the Clutha District.

Creative Communities Funding Round 2.

Clutha District Council is calling for applications for Round 2 of Creative Communities funding for 2016/17.

 Applications close on 24 February 2017.

See our Forms & Guides page for an application form and guidelines to the Creative Communities NZ Funding Scheme or contact Karen Piercy, Corporate Services Administrator on 03 419 0261 to discuss your project.

The funding scheme operates four times a year, closing in February, May, August and November respectively. An assessment committee comprising of council, community, Iwi and Arts Council representatives meet to consider the applications. The funding rounds for the 2016/17 year will close on Friday 26 August 2016 (Round 1), 25 November 2016 (Round 2), 24 February 2017 (Round 3), 5 May 2017 (Round 4).

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

 The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for Junior teams participating in local sport competition. Applications for the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund are open to rural sport clubs and rural school teams with young people aged between 5-19 years, who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions ( excluding travel to regional or national events).

The next round of funding closes on 18 November 2016 and is for travel expenses that will be incurred for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

See our Forms & Guides page for an application form and guidelines to the Sport NZ Rural Travel fund.

Telford A Division of Lincoln University Bursary

Council offers a bursary once a year to students at Telford A Division of Lincoln University, who are studying towards a Diploma in Rural Business and/or the Telford Certificate in Agriculture. A panel of Councillors interview all the applicants before a recipient is selected. 

See our Forms & Guides page for an application and guidelines to the Telford University Bursary.

Tuapeka County Bursary

 This bursary fund is available to students who reside in the former Tuapeka County and Roxburgh, Tapanui and Lawrence Borough areas and is designed to assist them in their attendance at Tertiary Education Institutes. A minimum of $1,000.00 is available on an annual basis and will be paid to the successful applicant or applicants. 

See our Forms & Guides page for an application form and guidelines to the Tuapeka County Bursary.

Youth Development 2016

The aim is to provide the young people of the Clutha District with access to a personal development fund which has been established to assist young people in reaching their goals. The purpose of this fund is to ensure that young people can make the most of every opportunity available to them, by helping to remove the barrier of financial limitations.

The funding will be an amount of up to $2,000.00. The number of recipients and amount awarded to each individual will be flexible, depending upon applications received during each annual funding round.

The process will involve young people in the community submitting a letter or story (in writing or video) about why they require the funding. The Clutha Youth Council will decide on a shortlist of applications who will then be interviewed by an interview panel consisting of nominated Youth Councillors, a Councillor and a staff member.

The criteria for applying includes the following;

  • The applicant must be between the ages of 12 and 24.
  • The applicant must live in the Clutha District.
  • The applicant will be required to provide clear information about the intended use of the fund.
  • Applications will be in writing describing the reason for the funding and the desired outcomes, as well as, a plan about how the applicant intends on raining the remaining necessary funds for their project/course/sport/event/camp/training or other.
  • Applications must include the day-time contact details of a reference person who can verify the information included in the applications e.g. coach, teacher, team leader.
  • The applications must be received by the final cut off date and time.
  • The applicant must be willing to have their photo used for promotional material if selected.
  • Successful applicants may not re-apply for this fund a second time.
  • The scholarship must be used within 12 months of receipt of the fund.
  • Applications for retrospective costs i.e. where the project has already been completed, will not be considered.

The intended outcome is that there will be more young people in the Clutha District reaching their full potential as members of the Community through the help of the Youth Development Fund.

It is hoped that the allocation of this resource will ensure that young people are able to access opportunities which will enhance their personal development and growth, by providing financial support for them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

See our Forms & Guides page for an application form and guidelines to the Youth Development Scheme.

Other Key Funders

​Otago Community Trust​
​The Trusts Community Foundation Limited​
​D.I.A Lottery Grants​
​C.O.G.S Community Organisation

Funding guides and tips

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Funding Calendar


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