Community engagement fund

About the Community Engagement Fund

Community boards receive a set amount of funding to give out to applicants each financial year.

Applications must support the Local Community Plan (if there is one) and also core Council business identified in our Long Term Plan.

Community Engagement Fund Information Sheet (PDF 231.4 KB).

Eligibility criteria

  • Community service groups must be from or have a base in Lower Hutt from which they provide regular BAU services.
  • Applicants cannot apply to multiple council funds for the same kaupapa/project/event.
  • All applications made must go towards funding Lower Hutt community service groups or individuals
  • Groups applying for funds over 10K must be a registered charity or legal entity.
  • Groups applying for up to 10K of funds do not have to be a registered charity but are required to show good finance records and a verification of bank account with more than one signatory.
  • Applications made must align to the outcome/focus areas of the fund applied to.
  • Applicants must try and utilise local Lower Hutt businesses and services where can be, for resources, materials, and support they require.
  • Applicants cannot be National or largely govt. funded organisations or sports clubs applying for BAU operational costs – Council supports local sports clubs in other ways such as, accessible use of sports grounds and facilities.

Available funding

Hutt City Council made budgetary provisions for 2023/2024 through the Community Boards/Funding Panels as follows:

Community boards

Eastbourne $2,434
Petone $6,431
Wainuiomata $8,865

In its draft Annual Plan 2023/24, Council is proposing to reduce spending on some non-urgent projects and work programmes in response to current economic challenges. This includes reducing the money available in the Local Projects Fund (by 50%) in this triennium and changing the way this fund and the Community Engagement Fund are distributed.

  • 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

We don't fund activities that:

  • 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.

How to apply

Past successful applicants

Year/Funding RoundDetailsFile/Size
2023-2024Community engagement successful applicants 2023-24PDF 153KB
2019-2020Community engagement successful applicants 2019-20PDF 108KB
2018-2019Community engagement successful applicants 2018-19PDF 115KB

More information

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