Funding Schemes


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Clutha Warm Homes Voluntary Targeted Rate Programme

If you want to make your home warmer, drier and more sustainable, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for financial assistance through our Clutha Warm Homes Programme. Find out more here.

​​​​​​​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.

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 on charges, hire fees and rents 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.​

Please read Council's Policy on Reimbursement​ 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 Forms & Guides page.

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. 

Clutha District Creative Communities Scheme


​​We have a partnership with Creative New Zealand to promote, support and increase participation in community arts and cultural activities in the Clutha district.

Each year Creative New Zealand provides Creative Communities Scheme funding to Council to distribute.

There is no maximum amount you can apply for, however grants usually range between $200 - $5,000.

Any group, organisation or individual that can meet the grant criteria can apply. Grants are not for fundraising.

Clutha District will hold three funding rounds in the 2020/21​  year:

  • Round 1 closed
  • Round 2 closes - 20 November 2020
  • Round 3 closes - 1 March 2021

An assessment committee comprising of council, community, Iwi and arts representatives meet to consider the applications three weeks after the closing dates.

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 request an application form and/or discuss your project.​

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

​The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is designed to help subsidise travel for junior teams participating in local sport competitions. Applications 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 competitions (excluding travel to regional or national events).

Applications for funding for travel expenses that will be incurred for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 are now open.​

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

Telford Bursary​

Council offers a bursary once a year to students at Telford 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.  

On the 10 June 2019 the following people were awarded Telford Bursaries:
  • George Blyth $2,000
  • Phoebe Cant $1,000

Telford Bursary has now closed for 2020 (​closed on 29 May 2020).​​

See our Forms & Guides page for an application and guidelines to the Telford 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 total minimum of $1,000 is available on an annual basis and will be paid to the successful applicant or applicants. 

On the 4 March 2020 the following people were awarded Tuapeka Bursaries:
  • Caileigh Forbes - $1,500 
  • Yvonne van Baarle - $500

Applications for the Tuapeka County Bursary 2021 are now open.

Not sure if you are within the eligible area for this bursary? Click here for a map of the area.

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

Youth Development Fund

​The aim is to provide the young people of the Clutha District with access to a personal development fund  to assist them in reaching their goals. The purpose is to ensure youth 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 the applications received.

The process involves young people 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 applicants who will then be interviewed by a panel consisting of nominated youth councillors, a councillor and a staff member.

The Youth Development Fund for 2020 is now CLOSED.

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 our community.

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

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

Other Key Funders

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc. (NZMCA) Greenfund initiative ​​
​Otago Community Trust​
​The Trusts Community Foundation LimitedTrusts Community Foundation​
Department of Internal Affairs (Lottery, COGS and more)

​C.O.G.S Community Organisation

Funding guides and tips

​givUS  Generosity NEW ZEALAND (known previously as FundviewGenerosity New Zealand


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