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Rural Halls Maintenance Fund

Council's rural halls maintenance funding scheme is designed to assist with the building maintenance of halls in the rural and plains areas of Hastings. It does not cover ongoing operational costs or capital development.

In general, the policy is that for applications of more than $500, a maximum of 50 per cent of the project cost will be funded. It is expected that the applicant will fund the other 50 per cent. For applications for less than $500, it is up to the discretion of the Rural Halls Subcommittee as to what portion of the monies will be granted.


Rural Halls Maintenance Fun applications are now closed.  Applications open from 1 April to 31 May each year.

Priorities of work for building maintenance

The Rural Community Board has adopted the following priorities as a guideline when assessing applications to the rural halls maintenance fund.

Priority 1: 

Work required to address identified Health and Safety issues. This includes work on the structure which will maintain or improve strength to meet required standards, and improvements to soil drainage and effluent disposal systems.  Other examples include:

  • Improvement or treatment of contaminated water supply
  • Replacement of dangerous wiring
  • Work on unsanitary plumbing
  • Work to provide compliance with safety from falling
  • Maintenance of food preparation surfaces in kitchens

Priority 2: 

Completion of detailed earthquake assessments and subsequent strengthening work

  • Replacement of roof or other work to render the building weatherproof
  • Exterior repainting or repairs to exterior cladding, especially timber cladding and joinery
  • Re-piling

Priority 3: 

Work required to maintain weather tightness and protect external fabric from deterioration, for  example:

  • Replacement of roofing and external cladding  or other work to render the building weatherproof
  • Exterior repainting or repairs to exterior cladding, especially timber cladding and joinery
  • Re-piling
  • Replacement of rainwater disposal systems

Priority 4: 

Work required to ablution areas and kitchens to maintain imperviousness of floor and walls to service areas.

Please note: Work to food preparation surfaces is included in Priority 1.

  • Replacement of vinyl flooring in service areas
  • Painting of internal walls, ceilings in service areas
  • Replacement of fittings and flooring

Priority 5: 

Work to maintain appearance in other spaces

  • General flooring replacement
  • General repainting and redecoration


For further information read the Rural Halls Maintenance Fund Policy (available in 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page) and/or contact the Community Grants & Projects Advisor.



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