Each of the city’s seven wards receive funding according to the number of residents within its boundaries. For each resident there is an allocation of 40 cents.
The ward allocations for the financial year are:
Applications must support the Local Community Plan, if there is one, and also core Council business as identified in our Long Term Plan. Download the Community Engagement Fund Information Sheet (PDF 231.4 KB) on the Community Engagement Fund.
Please refer to our Funding Calendar to find out when the next round will be.
Each community board or community committee decides the funding applications within its area. Boards and committees are free to distribute their funding in a single large allocation or spread it over a number of smaller ones.
Contact your local community board to find out what its funding priorities are and to get advice about applying for funds.
What we fund
- purchase of office equipment
- food and catering costs
- community festivals
- youth group events and projects run by the elderly or citizens associations
- art projects that are not part of the core curriculum
- advertising, promotion costs
What we don't fund
- promote an organisation’s religious, ethical, commercial or political views
- involve buying land or buildings or carrying out maintenance on buildings
- duplicate services that are already covered by Council or by government agencies eg, health or education providers
- have already begun or have already finished
- involve the redistribution of funds to others at the applicant’s discretion
- involve fundraising or legal costs
- involve capital investments or trust funds
- go towards prize money
- are operational costs eg, salaries, wages, rent, power
Successful applicants must:
- use funds only for the approved purpose and in accordance with any terms and conditions we've set
- use funds by June 30 of the following year
- let Council’s funding officer know immediately if any difficulty or potential difficulty arises that may compromise the service or project
- lay a complaint with Police if any funds are stolen or misappropriated, and then notify us
- allow us to audit the use of the funds if we decide to undertake one
- recognise our support in all publicity material, annual reports and similar publications
- complete an Accountability Report later than six weeks after completing the project. This should outline how the funds were used and how the community benefited
- make a presentation to the funding group showing how the event met its objectives
Tips on making an application
- include quotes
- show realistic costs
- say why the project or activity is necessary
- show that there has been careful planning
- show how you tried to find funding elsewhere
- complete all the questions we ask in the online application form, and provide all the information and attachments we ask for
- be available to attend the community board or community committee meeting where we can talk about your application
Learn more about applying for Community Engagement Funding.
Make an application online
You can apply for funding online.
Successful Community Engagement Fund applicants 2018-19 (PDF 115.4 KB)
If you haven't already viewed it then see our Frequently Asked Questions.