Grants and Funding


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Council provides community assistance in the form of Community Grants and Partnership Agreements for the not for profit sector in order to create a strong social base, meet local needs and make a difference in the community. This funding is available once every three years and provides recipients with guaranteed funding each year for three years. 

​The objectives of this funding:

  • Supporting community organisations' activities and services which contribute towards the achievement of 2030 goals
  • Focussing on investment which improves equitable outcomes for our community
  • Strengthening the ability of local community groups to respond effectively to local needs
  • Building and strengthening the capacity of community groups and organisations to move to financial sustainability
  • Building participation and a sense of belonging
  • Increasing community access to opportunities and resources
  • Complementing funding from other sources 

Community Grants

Community grants provide for flexibility of use, three years financial certainty and simple accountability for small to medium-sized community organisations. Applications for community grants are available once every three years. The dollar value of each grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis, subject to the content of applications, the total funds available and alignment with the fund's priorities. Community grants may be up to $5000 per annum, for the three-year period 2021 – 2024.

 Opening dateClosing date
To be confirmed May 2021
To be confirmed May 2021

Partnership Agreements

These high-trust agreements are developed with established community organisations demonstrating good governance which are recognised as significantly contributing to Rotorua 2030 goals and addressing inequity.  Partnership agreem​ents provide flexibility of use, three years of financial certainty and practical accountability.  Agreements will support core organisation functions and key outcomes. This will be reflected in simplified reporting met by standard organisation documents. Agreements may include financial grants over $5000, as well as other forms of support. 

The dollar value of each grant will be determined by Council committee, subject to the funds available and content of applications. Partnership Agreements are for the three-year period 2021 – 2024. 

Opening date Closing date
To be confirmed May 2021To be confirmed May 2021

Neighbourhood Matching Fund 

The purpose of this fund is to bring people together to build stronger communities and neighbourhoods by providing resources for self-help projects, which link to Rotorua 2030 goals.

The priorities for this fund include:

• Bringing people together to collaborate on neighbourhood projects.
• Empowering people to enhance and strengthen their own neighbourhood.
• Contributing to families and whanau working, playing and talking together.
• Renewing and revitalising of places and spaces within neighbourhoods.
• Improving the quality of life in a specific community or neighbourhood.

All projects should be initiated, planned and implemented by people living in the Rotorua district. Every grant is matched by neighbourhood or community resources of volunteer labour, donated materials, donated professional services, or cash.

There are two funding options within the Neighbourhood Matching Fund (NMF). The first is Small NMF grants, which are available throughout the year with up to $5,000 available per application, with a minimum grant of $50.  
Groups that are seeking a small amount of funding to undertake a project should apply for Small NMF. 

Small fund applications to this fund are accepted all year round.

Groups who are seeking larger amounts of funding for their projects should apply to Large NMF grants.  The Large NMF grant has a minimum grant of $5,001 and a maximum of $20,000.

There are two large funding rounds per year: 

Opening dateClosing date
25 August14 October
1 February21 March

Note: Applicants ca​n either:

  • Download an application form, complete the application, save as an attachment, and return the completed attachment via email to​​​ enclosing any other relevant attachments. (e.g. financials, letters of support)
  • Download the application form, print it out, co​mplete the relevant sections and mail with any supporting documentation to Michele Liddicoat at Rotorua Lakes Council, Private Bag 3029, Rotorua Mail Centre, Rotorua, or 
  • Collect an application ​from Rotorua Lakes Council Customer Centre or Rotorua District Library.

Note: See​ an example of a completed Neighbourhood Matching Fund application ​​​​

Page reviewed: 11 Mar 2021 9:30am