Te Rākau Tū Pakari Fund


​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kaupapa - Purpose

The purpose of the Te Rākau Tū Pakari Fund is to help address some of the medium to long-term impacts of Covid-19 by helping to build social connections and community wellbeing.  This can be achieved by having strong, innovative, resilient and flourishing community organisations with equitable participation.

This one-off, $1m fund provides financial support to our local communities to help them adapt and grow resilience due to the impact of Covid-19.  It is also intended to help grow the capacity and capability of the organisations/ groups as they respond to the needs of our communities.   

*This fund is not for standard operational purposes. ​

Ngā Whāinga - Objectives

The focus of this putea (fund) is to support our community groups and organisations to adapt, respond to needs and new opportunities, support new operating models, grow capability, collaborate, innovate and adopt a "Build Back Better" approach. ​

Putanga - Outcome 

Increased community resilience and social capital.

  • Social Capital – the value of social networks. The concept of social capital is used to group together the benefits of community connections, the threads that weave society together.  Social connections are fostered through a range of organisations and activities, such as participation within iwi, social services, service groups, organised sport and recreational groups, arts and cultural organisations.  These connections or social relations have productive benefits. 
  • Community resilience – the Communities ability to spring back, withstand or recover from change, shock or difficulties.​

Ngā Kaupapa ka Tautokona - Who can apply?

The Te Rākau Tū Pakari Fund is for community groups and organisations that come from a cross-section of Rotorua's community sector.

Examples of community groups who can apply include:

    • Not for profit, charitable organisations and social enterprises
    • Local marae, hapū, iwi
    • Sports clubs, codes and regional sporting bodies delivering programmes specifically to Rotorua
    • Community associations or hubs
    • Multicultural and ethnic community organisations/groups
    • Local arts organisations/groups
    • Other community-based interest groups
    • Social service providers
    • Only organisations/groups active in the Rotorua district and activities specific to the benefit of Rotorua district communities will be eligible​

Priority groups

The Fund will be targeted towards initiatives that support those who need it most (equitable participation).

People who may experience inequity could include:

    • Children/ tamariki, rangatahi/ young people
    • Māori
    • Whanau/families
    • People with disabilities
    • People who are vulnerable
    • People experiencing poverty
    • Ethnic minority groups
    • People experiencing isolation
    • Elderly

Ngā Kaupapa Mātua - What We'll Fund

We are looking for kaupapa and initiatives that support the community sector to:​

    • Make a difference to those who need it
    • Adapt to a new way of working
    • Respond to needs and new opportunities
    • Support new ways of operating or shared resources
    • Grow capability, capacity, resilience
    • Use collaborative approaches
    • Use innovative approaches
    • Gr​ow community participation​

Kare e taunakitia e matau - We will not fund

    • Funding applications from organisations for which there are clear alternative funding opportunities available will not be eligible, (e.g. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has an Environmental Enhancement Fund targeted at environmental wellbeing)
    • Community organisations that provide a service to Rotorua district ratepayers associations and political groups
    • Activities for which the main purpose is to promote the religious, ethical, commercial or political views of the organisation
    • Retrospective funding
    • Statutory functions, activities and services (e.g. education, policing, health care)
    • Commercial or private organisations whose purpose is profit generation.
    • Individuals
    • Limited Companies unless you are a charitable trust
    • Establishment and operation of Foodbanks

Ka hia te roa o te wā e taunakitia ai te pūtea nei, he pēhea hoki te rahi o te pūtea whānui -
How long is the funding for and how big is the fund?

There is no limit to the amount you can apply for, although we expect that most successful applicants will receive between $20,000 and $60,000.

If your funding request is over $20,000 we recommend talking with an RLC Administrator to discuss your proposal and ensure it fits the criteria before submitting your application.

Once you are sure you meet the criteria, download the online application form and scan and upload all requested supporting material. Otherwise hard copy application forms are available from our Customer Service Centre.

If you have any questions or concerns during the application process, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Any group benefiting from a Council lease subsidy, Rates Relief, grants or any other existing form of support must identify this when applying for Council funding. ​

He aha te ara whiriwhiri, he aha hoki ngā tapuwae hai whakahoki kōrero ā pūrongo nei - What is the decision making and reporting process?

Funding decisions are made by a committee made up of three Elected Members, one Te Tatau o Te Arawa Representative and Council Officers.

The dollar value of each grant will be determined by the decision-making committee, subject to the funds available and content of applications. All successful applications must be completed within a one-year period. 

On occasion, we may discuss your application with other funding partners. ​

How to apply

Pukatono - Applications
Application forms can be downloaded using one of the links below, or you can collect one from the Customer Service Centre.

Applications Close on the 28th of each month (until June 2021 or until fund is allocated). 

For more information or application forms contact:
Rotorua Lakes Council, Customer Service Centre
1061 Haupapa Street, Rotorua.
Phone: 07 348 4199​

Page reviewed: 08 Sep 2020 11:03am