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Contestable Grants Fund

Contestable Grants funds are for the establishment or development of community services or projects.

Hastings District Council encourages and invites local community groups and organisations to work with Council as a contributor to meeting the current and future needs of our community.  If your organisation is delivering projects or services that address the following needs of our community then, we invite you to apply to our Annual Contestable fund.

Applicants must be able to make a significant contribution to the project or service funding through their own fundraising activities and through applying to local and national funding bodies.

Annual Contestable Grants

Each year the Council contributes funding to groups who are delivering a community service or project. To be granted money from this pool, the group applying has to be able to put significant money into the project itself, or be able to attract funding from other agencies and charities. It also needs to show how the project fits in with Council’s priorities for building a safe, liveable, sustainable community* specifically:

  • Helping youth into training and jobs
  • Helping new and existing businesses to provide local jobs
  • Providing help and advice for people in need due to aging and/or adverse circumstances
  • Making improvements to the district which will attract visitors, students and businesses
  • Providing programmes that reduce littering, wasting resources, and crime
  • Promoting participation in recreation, arts, and cultural activities

Those who have been granted council funds will need to supply financial accounts showing how the money has been spent, and provide a report on the project and its success.

Adapted from the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (p.7)

Applications open February 1 and close March 31 each year, for grants available from July 1 each year. 

2017/18 Recipients

22 grants were awarded worth a total sum of $251,013.

View successful recipients on the related Contestable Grants Recipients page.

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Please read the important information and eligibility criteria contained in the application form.  Applications for funding can be made each year between 1 February and 31 March for contracts commencing 1 July. Payments of the funding will normally be made on a quarterly basis unless otherwise agreed between the parties.


Evidence of planning, budgets and annual accounts are required as part of the submission for Council's Contract for Services grant. Council determines the funding allocations annually, and reviews existing grants against agreed key performance indicators, including financial.


For more information contact the Community Grants and Projects Advisor.

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