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Community Grants

Funding of more than $25,000

A decision is given within 5 months of receiving a complete funding request.

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Community Grants help community organisations with larger funding needs, and can be multi-year grants.

Focus area alignment

To be considered for a Community Grant, your application must align to one of the focus areas that Foundation North wants to contribute to.

Tap on a Focus Area to learn more:

Timeframes

We have six decision meetings a year for Community Grants. You can submit your funding request at any time – we aim to give a response within five months of receiving a complete funding request.

We do not consider urgent or retrospective funding requests, so recommend that you submit your funding request at least five months before you need the grant.

Applying for funding for a community building?

We will support community building projects (including heritage facilities and sports facilities) that strongly align with at least one of our focus areas. We will consider two types of community building projects:

  • Small - small capped contributions for repairs, renovations, and upgrades of up to $25,000 under Quick Response Grants, or up to $100,000 under Community Grants.
  • Large - involves an Expression of Interest process for grants of up to $1 million for new facility development and will be considered by Foundation North every two years. Please contact us if you are planning a funding request for a capital building project.

    Things to note

    • We only assess complete funding requests. A complete funding request means that all questions in the organisation profile and application form are fully answered, the application form is complete, and all required documents are uploaded.
    • If you are applying for an event, submit your funding request at least six months before the event date.
    • Restrictions on public gatherings and events exist at all COVID-19 Alert Levels – refer to Ministry of Health guidelines. You may be required to supply confirmation that your project/event adheres to the guidelines of the time.
    • If you are successful in receiving funding then you are not eligible to receive a grant again for 12 months from the date of approval.

    FAQs

    Your CG request can be submitted at any time. We work around six decision meetings a year and aim to give a response within five months of receiving a complete funding request.

    If you are concerned about when you might receive your grant (if successful), please call a member of the funding team on 0800 272 878, option 3.

    Yes. A member of the funding team is available 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Call us on 0800 272 878, option 3.

    QRG – We aim to give a response within two months of receiving a complete funding request.

    CG – We aim to give a response within five months of receiving a complete funding request.

    We will send an email to the primary contact to advise that a decision letter has been uploaded to your Funding Hub.

    Useful Guides are available on our website to help applicants make a complete QRG or CG funding request. Each guide takes applicants through:

    • things to consider before you apply
    • how we assess a funding request
    • questions our funding request forms ask and the type of answers we are looking for
    • documents to submit and the assessment process

    Click here for Useful Guides for QRG funding requests and here for Useful Guides for CG funding requests.

    No. If you are successful in receiving funding then you are not eligible to receive a grant again for 12 months.