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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 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.

Priorities for funding

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:

  • 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

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

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

Planning

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.

Contact

For more information contact the Community Grants and Projects Advisor.

Recipients

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.

Groups Name Project/Service Amount
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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