The application process

Find out about our funding rules, how to apply, and what happens next.


About our funding

Most grants are funded by rates, and go towards community projects.

Successful applicants must:

  • use funds only for the approved purpose and in line 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
  • allow us to audit the use of the funds if we decide to
  • recognise our support in all publicity material, annual reports and similar publications
  • complete an Accountability Report no later than six weeks after completing the project. This should outline how the funds were used and how the community benefited
  • lay a complaint with Police if any funds are stolen or misappropriated, and then notify us
  • present back to the Community Board/Funding Panel to show how the project/event met its objectives.

Find out what types of funding you might qualify for in our Community Funding at a Glance information.

Apply online

What happens once you've applied

  • The Funding Advisor will let you know we've received your application.
  • They may contact you for additional information or clarification.
  • We'll let applicants know after the decision date whether or not they've been successful.

How we decide who to fund

  • Each community board or funding panel decides who will get funding in its area.
  • This is based on how well the project/event meets the fund's purpose.
  • the funding panel decides to distribute funding in a single large allocation or spread it over a number of smaller ones.
  • As soon as a decision has been made, we'll let you know in writing.

If your application is successful

  • You'll need to send us an invoice for the approved amount in order to receive funding.
  • You must complete a funding accountability report to detail how your organisation and community benefited from the funding.
  • We'll ask you to present back to the funding group about how the project/event benefited your organisation and community.

If your application is unsuccessful