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Information & Criteria

Before completing your application to the Contestable Grants Fund, please read the following information carefully.

Important information

  • Complete all parts of the application form or refer to clearly marked attachments where applicable
  • For clarity please type or print in black ink as applications will be photocopied
  • If you have questions please contact, Community Grants & Projects Advisor, at Hastings District Council.
  • Applications will not be acknowledged until after the Community Grants Subcommittee meeting (in May of each year)
  • You will be formally advised of the result of your application in writing.

Eligibility Criteria

Your organisation must be one of the following legal entities:

  • An incorporated society
  • Registered charitable trust
  • Formal not-for-profit organisation

Your organisation:

  • Must be able to demonstrate it has applied to funding organisations outside of Council to support this project/activity or service.

Your project must met one or more of the following criteria:

  • Helping youth into training and jobs
  • Helping new and/or existing businesses to provide local jobs
  • Providing help and advice for people in need due to ageing 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

Exclusions for funding include:

  • Building or renovation costs
  • Purchase of a motor vehicle or other capital items
  • Activities that promote religious or political goals
  • Sponsorship of individuals
  • Limited liability companies
  • Activities which are outside the scope of Council’s current and future needs
  • Activities where there is no demonstrated need due to existing similar services

Information on other sources of funding for your project can be obtained from the funding information service website: Generosity NZ.


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