Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund

It's time to do some great stuff for the community!!

The Ōtorohanga Community Grants ROUND ONE for 2023/2024 are now open!! 

Last day to apply is Sunday 27th August 2023


The Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund (the Fund) provides community assistance to make our district a vibrant place to live.

It is a contestable fund available to community groups, non-profits, and organisations with a maximum grant of $5000 per application, and a total annual budget of $100,000, which is spread across two ‘rounds’ at six-month intervals.

The Fund provides community assistance for the ‘not for profit’ sector, in order to create a strong social, environmental, economic and cultural base for our District and to meet local needs, while contributing to the achievement of Council’s Community Outcomes [PDF 56 KB] and supporting Council’s priorities.

The Fund Guidelines [PDF 490 KB] were adopted by Council on 17 August 2021 and set out the funding criteria and allocation process for the Fund and help ensure the distribution of funding;

  • Is appropriately targeted;
  • Delivers the best value for our communities;
  • Occurs in a consistent, efficient and effective manner;
  • Is fair and transparent; and,
  • Promotes accountability.


The application window for Round One 2023/2024 is Tuesday 1st August 2023 through Sunday 27th August 2023.

Applications will be considered by Council’s Grants and Awards Committee with Round One deliberation meeting to assess and allocate funding being held in the Council Chambers, 17 Maniapoto Street, on 25 October 2023. All applicants will be informed of the results the following week. Remember this is a rolling fund, if you miss this round just apply for the next one in six months time.


If you were successful in an Ōtorohanga Community Grant application at the beginning of 2023, you an ineligible for this round! 

You cannot apply for two rounds in a row unless your previous application was unsuccessful, this allows us to spread the funding across the community.

If you are successful, or have been before – WELL DONE! As an agreement for receiving funds, you must fill in a Grant Accountability Form. This tells us all about your project and how it went. It’s a good idea to get it done as soon as you finish. Before you apply for a new project, you must complete the previous one by submitting an accountability form. If you don’t, you won’t be eligible.


Key points to remember:

  • Your project must benefit the Ōtorohanga district community.
  • You must be a registered non-profit/charity OR you must organise and upload a simple agreement in writing, from a registered non-profit who is happy to act as an 'umbrella organisation'. Their details will need to form part of your application. Please get in touch with us if you need help with this. We have a super handy FAQ document to help you and a potential umbrella organisation understand the process.
  • You cannot apply for two rounds in a row unless your previous application was unsuccessful.
  • If you were previously successful and got a grant, you must have completed and sent us a Grant Accountability Form before your new application will be considered.
  • All the rest of the detailed criteria is found in the the Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Funding Guidelines.

Before you prepare your application read through the Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund Guidelines which tell you:

  • whether you are able to apply for Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund funding for your project
  • which projects and costs are eligible and ineligible
  • what information you will need to include in your application

Note the local funding priorities for the Ōtorohanga District Community Grants Fund

Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Take place within the Ōtorohanga District.
  • Produce benefits which are largely experienced within the Ōtorohanga District.
  • Align to councils community outcomes

In order to be able to pause and restart your application at any moment, and to have quick access to completed applications you will be asked to register to Connecting Ōtorohanga before starting your application. Once registered you won't be asked again and you will be able to easily apply to our other grants and participate in all our public consultations and engagements. 

If you have any further questions, please email [email protected]


The Fund replaces previous funds such as Sundry Grants, Sport Support and other funds that have been given out on a case by case basis by Council in the past.

The Fund does not replace the Sport NZ Travel Fund or the Creative NZ Fund as the criteria and funding of these are provided by their respective agencies.



Round One 2021-2022

Click here for the Grants and Funding Committee meeting agendas with application details

  • Polocrosse
  • Ōtorohanga Sports Club Inc
  • Wharepuhunga Playcentre
  • CommSafe
  • Otorohanga Historical Society / Otorohanga Museum
  • Otorohanga Riding for the Disabled Assn Inc
  • Aotea Ratepayers Association
  • Otorohanga Budgeting Services
  • Otorohanga Vintage Machinery Club Inc and Kiwitown Cruisers Inc / Kiwitown Picnic and Pistons at the Island
  • Beattie Community Trust Incorporated
  • Croquet Ōtorohanga
  • Ōtorohanga Senior Citizens Association
  • Ōtorohanga Tennis Club
  • Otorohanga Domain Sports Association