Community Funding

Pūraka moni mō te Hapori

We provide or administer a range of funding opportunities to help support local projects and events to promote community wellbeing. We can also point you in the right direction of other external funders, either locally or nationally.  

We are excited to share that a new community funding application platform will be available to access here when funding applications open during April-May 2024.

For those who are familiar with applying for a grant from QLDC, you'll notice some changes.

You can expect some additional and different questions as we aim to consider how the funding available contributes to wellbeing outcomes for our people and our district.

Community Funding Online Webinar

Find out more about any of the three QLDC funding rounds that are available to apply for this April-May including the Event Fund, Community Fund and Waste Minimisation Community Fund and how to use the new QLDC Community Funding application platform.

When: Monday 15 April 6.00pm-7.00pm

Click here to register for this webinar

Please note: this webinar will be recorded and available to view on this webpage following the session.

QLDC funding opportunities

  • The Community Fund 2024-2027 is open for applications from 9 April 2024 to 7 May 2024. 

    You will be able to apply for up to three years of operational or project funding through the Community Fund 2024-2027 application round. If applying next year in the 2025-2026 funding round, you'll only be able to apply for one year of funding.

    A panel of councillors will review the applications in May and final decisions will be made by a full Council meeting on 27 June. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in July.

    To ensure the start of the funding round can go ahead as planned in April, the application process has been separated from the now-deferred Long Term Plan.

    The Long Term Plan will be open to submissions later in the year but applications for funding will no longer be considered through that process.

     

    Community Associations

    There are 15 formally recognised Community Associations across our district who actively represent and advocate for the needs and interests of their local communities.

    These groups each receive an annual community grant of $5,000 for operational support and project seed funding. If they want to apply for additional project funding, they can complete an application for the Community Fund 2024-2027.

    Previous Fund Recipients

    Organisation

    Community Grant Awarded

    Contribution from other QLDC budgets

    Total Grant Awarded 2023-2024

    Baskets of Blessing Charitable trust

    $10,000

    -

    $10,000

    Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Queenstown

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Glenorchy Community Association

    $5,000

    $5,000

    $10,000

    Glenorchy Dark Skies Group

    $7,500

    -

    $7,500

    Glenorchy Heritage Museum Group Inc

    $1,500

    -

    $1,500

    Happiness House

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Hāwea Community Association

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Lake Hawea Community Centre

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Latinos for New Zealand

    $2,000

    -

    $2,000

    Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust

    $10,000

    -

    $10,000

    Queenstown branch of the NZ Deerstalkers Association

    $1,000

    $5,000

    $6,000

    Queenstown Harvest Community Gardens

    $14,000

    -

    $14,000

    Startup Queenstown Lakes

    $25,000

    $150,000

    $175,000

    Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

    -

    $5,000

    $5,000

    The Kiwi Kit Community Trust

    $8,000

    -

    $8,000

    The Lightfoot Initiative Charitable Trust

    $8,000

    $7,000

    $15,000

    Upper Clutha Historical Records Society Inc

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Upper Clutha Tracks Trust

    $15,000

    -

    $15,000

    Upper Clutha Wilding Tree Group

    $15,000

    -

    $15,000

    Uruuruwhenua Hauora

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Volunteer South – Central Lakes

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Wakatipu Community Foundation

    $5,000

    -

    $5,000

    Wānaka Alcohol Group

    $8,000

    -

    $8,000

    Whakatipu Wildlife Trust

    $5,000

    $5,000

    $10,000


    Ten Year Plan 2021-2031 Consultation Grant Recipients

    Community grant recipient

    Purpose of community grant

    Amount

    GRANT TERM: ONE YEAR ANNUAL GRANT 2021-22

    Aspiring Gymsports

    Rent

    $30,000

    Glenorchy Community Association

    Native Nursery Project

    Bible Terrace Project

    $15,350

    Glenorchy Trails Trust

    Buckler Burn Loop Trail Signage

    Website development

    $12,500

    Hidden Hills Residents Association Inc

    Beautification of the Mt Iron Track entranceway

    $4,250

    Jack's Point Residents & Owners Association Inc

    Civil Defence and Emergency Management assets

    Community planting projects

    $4,500

    Shaping our Future, Inc.

    Operations/Administration

    $50,000

    Trails Trusts' Consortium

    Operations/Administration for Consortium establishment and strategic planning

    $25,000

    Wānaka Alcohol Group

    Operations/Administration to support delivery of the Wānaka Alcohol Group Community Action Plan

    $15,000

    GRANT TERM: TWO YEAR ANNUAL GRANT 2022-24

    Alpine Community Development Trust - LINK Upper Clutha

    Operational/Administration

    $60,000

    GRANT TERM: THREE YEAR ANNUAL GRANT 2021-24

    Alpine Community Development Trust - Community Networks Wanaka

    Rent

    $33,500 (2021-22)

    $58,500 (2022-24)

    Bike Wānaka

    Operations/Administration

    $20,000

    Happiness House

    Rent

    $20,000

    Kahu Youth Trust

    Rent

    $20,000

    Lakes District Arts Trust

    Public artworks

    $50,000

    Lakes District Museum

    Operations/Administration

    $100,000

    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $50,000

    Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $50,000

    Queenstown Mountain Bike Club

    Operations/Administration

    $30,000

    Queenstown Book Club

    Operations/Administration to support delivery of men’s mental health and wellbeing programme

    $5,000

    Queenstown Trails Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $75,000

    Ruby Island Management Committee

    Plants, signage, BBQ and other operational costs

    $17,416 (2021-22)

    $3,530 (2022-24)

    Sport Otago

    Operations/Administration

    $35,000

    Startup Queenstown Lakes

    Operations/Administration

    (note: additional funding is provided from the Economic Development Budget)

    $70,000

    Te Kākano Aotearoa Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $15,000

    Toitū Te Whenua /
    Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

    Operations/Administration Lagarosiphon Project

    $40,000

    Upper Clutha Tracks Trust (UCTT)

    Operations/Administration

    $50,000

    WAI Wānaka

    Operations/Administration

    $50,000

    Wakatipu Heritage Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $5,000

    Wakatipu Islands Reforestation Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $2,000

    Wakatipu Reforestation Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $20,000

    Wakatipu Youth Trust

    Rent

    $53,302

    Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group

    Operations/Administration

    $500,000

    Whakatipu Wildlife Trust

    Operations/Administration

    $30,000

    GRANT TERM: THREE YEAR ANNUAL GRANT FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS 2021-24

    All recognised Community Associations: https://www.qldc.govt.nz/community/community-associations-and-groups

     

    Operations/Administration and seed funding for community projects

    $5,000

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  • We're committed to supporting a balanced portfolio of events across the district. This includes providing an annual contestable events fund that is open for both commercial and community events.

    The 2024-2025 events funding round opened on 2 April 2024 and closes 30 April 2024. 

    Applications will be reviewed in May and successful applicants will be notified in July.

    For the 2024-2025 events funding round we are working in partnership with our sustainability and climate action teams to develop and support events' sustainability measures.

    We are also excited to have a new application platform this year which will make it easier for event organisers to apply online.

    Recipients from last year’s funding round included:

    $30,000 and over

    • Challenge Wānaka

    • LUMA Southern Light Project

    • New Zealand Open (golf)

    • Queenstown Marathon

    • Warbirds over Wānaka

    • Winter Games NZ

    Under $30,000

    • Arrowtown Autumn Festival

    • Aspiring Conversations

    • Cyclorama E-Bike Festival

    • Lake Hayes A&P Show

    • Motatapu

    • NZ Mountain Film Festival

    • Queenstown Bike Festival

    • Queenstown Diwali Festival

    • Queenstown Multicultural Festival

    • Ripe

    • Roam

    • The Wild

    • Wānaka A&P Show

    • Wao Summit

    • Winter Pride

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  • The WMCF is open from Monday 15 April - Friday 17 May 2024.

    Do you have a great idea for a project that will help move our community towards zero waste? You might be eligible for funding through our Waste Minimisation Community Fund.  

    Projects must be consistent with the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan 2018 (WMMP) and achieve the following objectives: 

    • Waste Reduction – Reducing waste at source and/or

    • Resource Recovery – Diverting waste from landfill

    The aim is to support new initiatives that complement and enhance existing programmes, address gaps or create new opportunities. 

    How to apply

    Applications for the Waste Minimisation Community Fund opens on 15 April 2024.

    Get details on the fund and how to apply in the Rubbish and Recycling section of our website.

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions about the application criteria and process, please contact zerowaste@qldc.govt.nz 

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  • Supporting the diversity, heritage and creativity of our place and people is essential for community wellbeing and helps to build a culturally rich and creative district that is accessible to all. Funding is available to support our distinct local arts, heritage and cultural projects from a range of contestable funds.

    Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

    The Creative Communities Scheme works to strengthen the local art community. Projects that get funded do at least one of the following:

    • encourage participation — creating opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities

    • support diversity — supporting the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities

    • enable young people — they provide opportunities for young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts

    How to apply:

    Anyone who would like to deliver an arts based project in the Queenstown Lakes District can apply for a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme. Read the applicant guide and complete the application form:

    Applicant Guide
    Creative Communities Scheme Application Form

    This scheme has two funding rounds each year:

    • Round 1: opens 1 February and closes the last Friday in February

    • Round 2: opens 1 August and closes the last Friday in August

    Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme (CLASS)

    The Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme works to strengthen and enhance the local art sector. Funding available is a maximum of $2,000 annually per applicant and per project. Funding applications can be made to CLASS at any time. Decisions are made on a monthly basis.

    How to apply:

    Complete the application form and send it to the appropriate organisation for consideration, Queenstown applications close on the 15th of each month with funding outcomes by the end of each month for projects happening in the following month:

    Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme Guidelines and Application Form 

    Projects in the Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy areas, please complete and return this application form to:
    Creative Queenstown
    Private Bag 50072
    Queenstown 9348

    Projects in the Wanaka and Upper Clutha areas, please complete and return this application form to:
    Upper Clutha Arts Council
    PO Box 216
    Wanaka 9343

    The Upper Clutha Arts Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Applications must be received by the 20th of the month prior.

    Heritage Incentive Grant

    Applications for the heritage incentive grant can be made by the owners of listed heritage items (natural and built) in the Queenstown Lakes District. Financial assistance will only be granted to Category 1, 2, and 3 historic buildings, sites and objects (including trees) as listed in the Inventory of Protected Features (Appendix 3) in the District Plan.

    Applications can be made for the following financial assistance:

    • Professional Advice - to assist with advice on earthquake strengthening, building conservation plans, adaptive re-use feasibility studies and other studies to do with the conservation of the place, object or tree which will encourage their protection, preservation, maintenance and enhancement.

    • Consent - to assist with reimbursing the landowner for land use consent and building consent fees incurred in preservation or adaptive re-use. These are fees incurred because of the historic designation.

    • Maintenance - to assist with funding routine maintenance work undertaken by heritage professionals

    How to apply:

    Complete the application form below: 

    Heritage Grant Application Form

    And send it to:

    Jan Maxwell, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348 or email  services@qldc.govt.nz

    If you have any enquiries regarding this application please call (03) 441 0499.

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  • A travel subsidy is available to assist the development of junior sport in rural communities.

    This is available to organisations and schools with participants aged between five and 19 years playing sport for a club or school club who meet the rural travel fund criteria (the fund is not available for travelling to regional or national events.)

    The following criteria are applied when considering applications for funding:

    • School club teams – a school club team participating in regular local sport competition out of school time, which excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time.

    • Sports club teams – a sports club team participating in organised, regular sport competition through club membership outside of school time.

    For more, check out the  Rural Travel Fund Guidelines

    How to apply

    The closing date for applications is the last Friday of October every year.

    You can download the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund Application Form  or pick up a hard copy from Council offices on Gorge Road, Queenstown and Ardmore Street, Wānaka.

    Any questions?

    Jan Maxwell - Arts and Events Facilitator
    03 441 0469 or 027 233 7934
    jan.maxwell@qldc.govt.nz

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  • QLDC Sport & Recreation’s mission is to encourage more people, to be more active, more often. This connects with our communities’ Vision Beyond 2050 outcome for Thriving people | Whakapuāwai Hapori – “Our environments and services promote and support health, activity and wellbeing for all”.

    This annual Get Active Community Grant will support not-for-profit organisations and charities that benefit the health and wellbeing of the Queenstown Lakes District Council community members. 

    Applications for the next round of funding for the Get Active Community Grant is expected to open in winter 2024.

    Your organisation can apply for entry passes for your customers, to a service at our Sport and Recreation facilities (Queenstown Event Centre, Arrowtown Memorial Pool and Wānaka Recreation Centre). Voucher options available are:

    • Annual bundle of entry vouchers that can be provided to individuals for one-off use; total 100 vouchers maximum

    • Free 10-visit passes to the pool or gym (Queenstown only), under your organisation’s name. Where your customer is accompanied by a carer, access for the carer is also free. Total 30 x 10-visit passes maximum (300 visits)

    e.g. Organisation Z estimates they will need 200 swim visits per year, 100 gym visits per year and 100 on-off swim/slide vouchers

    Application would be for 20 x 10-visit pool passes (with carer access free), 10 x 10-visit gym passes (with carer access free), and 100 one-off swim/slide vouchers

    FUNDING CRITERIA

    • Applicants must be registered charities or local not-for-profit groups based in the Queenstown Lakes District.

    • Sports groups and businesses are not eligible.

    • QLDC will support a maximum of 6 grant applicants annually.

    • Other support may be provided at the Sport and Recreation Managers discretion.

    How to apply:

    1. Current prices for services at each of our facilities are listed on our website here.

    2. Once you know what services you’d like to apply for, include this information on your Get Active Community Grant Application Form

    3. Applications are expected to open 1 April 2024 for the next round of grants.

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  • Local events and community projects allow us to connect with and support each other, and they are an awesome way to celebrate the amazing communities we live in.

    Funding is available to support local events, fundraising and community projects that sustain community health and wellbeing in our district.  All supported events, projects or fundraising activities must be held in the Queenstown Lakes District. 

    This support is provided in the form of “in kind” contributions of QLDC services or resources. In most cases, cash funding will not be paid to the successful applicant. Instead all approved costs will be paid directly by QLDC. Costs covered may also include support for local suppliers of event services e.g. waste management and portaloo hire.

    Costs that can be considered for Local Community Support are:

    • EVENTS: QLDC venue, reserves or equipment hire, QLDC regulatory and permitting fees.

    • FUNDRAISING: Vouchers for Sport and Recreation services (gym, pool or climbing wall) at our local facilities, to be used for local fundraising activities. E.g. as a prize in a local raffle or silent auction. Maximum total value of vouchers for each fundraising event is $100.

    • COMMUNITY PROJECTS: QLDC regulatory, resource consent or permitting fees for community building or planting projects.

    Local Community Support does not cover bond payments, special licence fees for sale and supply of alcohol at events, associated costs* (i.e. waste, labour and cleaning). Local Community Support cannot be used to fully fund any event.

    If your application for support is successful, please acknowledge QLDC’s contribution to your event, fundraising effort or project. If you would like to include QLDC branding on any of your promotional material please email this request to:
    communications@qldc.govt.nz

    How to apply:

    1. EVENTS: Book QLDC venue, reserve or equipment hire - confirm the booking date and obtain a quote by emailing your enquiry to:

      bookings@qldc.govt.nz
      FUNDRAISING: Choose the Sport and Recreation services you would like request vouchers for, listed on our website here.

      COMMUNITY PROJECTS:
      Confirm the cost of the permit or consent service you require.

       

    2. Once you have confirmed and booked your venues/equipment/services, or identified any fundraising voucher requirements, include these details on your Local Community Support Application Form

    3. EVENT/PROJECT: If your request is for an amount of $1,000 or more, your event/project budget must also be provided with your application. This can be linked as an attachment on the Local Community Support Application Form.

    4. Submit the application at least 20 working days prior to your event or project start date, to ensure we have enough time consider your application and respond.

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Tips for fundraising

At some point, nearly every community organisation will need to raise money to continue its work in the community, run an event, or carry out a special project. Raising funds, like most activities, is easier if you have a clear idea of what you need to do and how you'll do it.

Funding opportunities open and close at different times throughout the year so it pays to be organised, research well in advance and check funder information regularly.

If you'd like to discuss options for funding your project or event, please contact communityfunding@qldc.govt.nz

Steps to follow:

  • Gather information about your organisation

  • Gather information about the project or activity

  • Find out about funding sources and possible activities

  • Create a fundraising plan

  • Implement your fundraising plan - send out applications and complete fundraising activities

  • Account for funding received and evaluate how your plan worked


Funding websites and tools

  • QLDC Community Funding application help: help guide to support with completing online applications through the QLDC Community Funding platform powered by SmartyGrants. 

  • GenerosityNZ: a digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa. They have three search tools that connect people to funding opportunities. givME offers access to scholarships and grants for individuals. givUS lists resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs. givER connects businesses with community groups to achieve positive social impacts. Access to GenerosityNZ is available via our libraries (with a library card). Click here to get started.

  • CommunityNet Aotearoa: an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations. Resources include a Funding Application Checklist.


External Community Grants

  • Te Tipuria Fund  - WellSouth: to help those working to improve local food environments.

  • Eco Fund - Otago Regional Council: for projects that benefit the community.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - Community Matters: to support the development of established and emerging ethnic communities.

  • Like Minds, Like Mine - Community grants to bring to life initiatives that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion for people living with mental illness or distress in your local community, iwi, or hapū.

  • Harcourts Foundation - Providing grants to reputable community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • This new platform helps simplify the application process and you’ll be able to use this site to apply for community funding, see the status of your application, submit any required reporting and more.

    You can expect some additional and different questions as we aim to consider how the funding available contributes to wellbeing outcomes for our people and our district.

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  • As the application process has been separated from the now-deferred Long-Term Plan there will not be a hearing option to present to elected members about community funding applications.

    Each application will be considered by the panel on its merits.

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  • A panel of Councillors will review the Event Fund and Community Fund applications in May and final decisions will be approved by full Council on the 27 June meeting. All applicants will be notified of the outcome in July which is the same process as previous years.

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  • To ensure community funding can be allocated in the usual timeframe, with approved grants paid out from 1 July onward, the application process has been separated from the now-deferred Long Term Plan.

    Feedback from our community to make this process more accessible, along with looking at the way other councils manage community funding also played a part in this decision.

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Get in contact

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Community Funding team by emailing:
communityfunding@qldc.govt.nz