Contestable Grants funds are for the establishment or development of community services or projects.
Hastings District Council encourages local community groups and organisations to work with Council towards meeting the current and future needs of our community. If your organisation is delivering projects or services that fit with one or more the priorities set out below, we invite you to apply to our annual Contestable Grants Fund for financial assistance.
Applicants must be able to make a significant contribution to the project or service funding through their own fundraising activities, including through applying to local and national funding bodies outside of Council.
Each year Council contributes funds to groups delivering community services or projects. 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 agencies and charities outside of Council. It also needs to show how the project fits with one or more of Council’s priorities for building a safe, liveable, sustainable community, specifically:
Those who have been granted Council funds will need to supply financial accounts showing how the money was spent and provide a report on the project and its success.
Adapted from the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (p.7)
Applications open on 1 March and close 30 April each year for grants available from 1 July each year
Applications are now closed
Applications for funding for can be made each year between March and April for contracts commencing 1 July in the same year.
Please read the important information and eligibility criteria.
Evidence of planning, budgets and annual accounts are required as part of the application. 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.
For stories on former recipients and their projects see Contestable Grants Fund recipients.
In the 2019/20 grants round, 37 successful applications were awarded a total sum of $245,500.
|Hastings Women's Refuge||Funding to support local safe house||$30,000|
|Hastings City Business Association||Community events in Hastings CBD||$25,000|
|Heretaunga Womens Centre||Funding towards the programme costs||$18,000|
|Havelock North Business Association||Havelock North Village Street Carnival||$10,000|
|Hastings Art & Culture Trust||2019 Edible Fashion Awards||$10,000|
|Te Aranga Marae Trust||Flaxmere Boxing Academy for young people||$10,000|
|Interchurch Council for Hospital Chaplaincy||Provide Chaplains at Hawke’s Bay Hospital||$10,000|
|Prima Volta Charitable Trust||Continuation and further development of Prima Volta programmes||$10,000|
|Age Concern Havelock North (Christmas)||Community Christmas Day Lunches||$9,500|
|Flaxmere Baptist Church Community Trust||Christmas Cheer Food Parcels||$8,000|
|Hastings Menzshed Trust||Support to develop their new bigger shed||$7,500|
|Nourished for Nil||Funding towards the programme costs||$7,500|
|Waimarama Surf Life saving Club||Supporting lifeguard programmes and training||$7,000|
|Hawke's Bay Youth Trust||Supporting programmes for young people at Giants Boxing Academy||$6,000|
|Disability Resource Centre (HB) trust||Delivery of their 'catwalk' project for young people||$5,529|
|Robotics and Computer Science in Schools Educational Trust (CS4S Trust)||Purchase equipment for a robotics club||$5,165|
|Age Concern Havelock North (EXPO)||Funding to support the annual seniors expo||$5,000|
|Pursuit Limited||Ongoing youth employment support||$5,000|
|Hastings Hearing||Support to continue education programmes for children||$5,000|
|Birchleigh Polo School||Towards polo programme for students from Flaxmere College||$5,000|
|Budget First Incorporated||Financial literacy workshops for those in financial hardship||$5,000|
|Leg-Up Trust||Continuation of Leg Up programme for young people||$5,000|
|Sustaining Hawke’s Bay Trust||In support of Sustainable Backyards, a month long workshop programme||$4,000|
|Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust||Digitise and upload the records from the Hawkes Bay A&P Society||$4,000|
|Radio Kidnappers Charitable Trust||Intermediate school debate challenge & 6 community radio shows||$3,500|
|Hawke's Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust||Newsletter creation and distribution||$3,000|
|Red Cross||Equipment and consumables for the curtain bank||$3,000|
|No 11 Squadron District of Hastings Air Training Corps||In support of this programme and support with ANZAC services||$3,000|
|Centenary Legacy Trust||Support internships and employment opportunities for students||$3,000|
|CAB Hastings||Purchase of new office furniture for CAB programmes and services||$2,806|
|Growing Through Grief Hawke's Bay||Funding for in school grief services||$2,500|
|Muscular Dystrophy Association Incorporated||Funding to continue community based field work||$1,500|
|CCS Disability Action Tairawhiti Hawkes Bay Incorporated||Supporting young people with disabilities||$1,500|
|Dementia Hawke's Bay||Continuation of Active Brain Programme and Stimulation Workshops||$1,500|
|Blind Foundation||Funding to continue community based field work||$1,500|
|Tango me Whero via Netball Hawke’s Bay||Funding towards a family friendly netball tournament||$1,000|
|English Language Partners - Hawke's Bay||Continuation of English classes at the Hastings Library||$500|
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