FAQs - Grants

We've put together some common questions we receive from our community about Grants and the corresponding answers.

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Each grant awards a different amount annually. Within the criteria for each grant we have listed the total amount available annually, and a guide for the typical size of grant that each individual application may be considered for.

Please contemplate the likely funding margins when making your application. While the subcommittee of Council does have the authority to make exceptions to the criteria, this very rarely occurs.

A full list of Council Facilitated Grants, including criteria, can be found on our Grants & Funding section.

The Horowhenua District Council operates and administers a number of Grant funds.

  • Community Development Grant
  • Community Consultation Grant
  • Vibrant Communities Grant
  • International Representation Grant
  • Rural Hall Grants
  • Creative Communities New Zealand
  • Shannon Community Development Trust.

The majority of the grants operate on a six-monthly basis, and have periods when they are open and closed.

Visit our Calls for Applications page to see what grants are available at any point throughout the year.

The Shannon Community Development Trust is governed by a Trust external to Council, and supports projects that bring benefits to the Shannon community. It has approximately $13,000 to distribute annually but this varies year to year.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include groups or individuals who:

  • Live within the Shannon township
  • Show their project will directly benefit the Shannon Community
  • Do not have excess reserve funds.

Eligible Purposes

Sporting, environmental or social services to the Shannon area.

For further information and access to Application forms, please visit our Shannon Community Development Trust page.

All Horowhenua District Council grants are decided upon through the Funding and Recognition Subcommittee of Council. This includes five nominated councillors with the delegated authority of the full Council.

The Creative Communities Scheme is awarded through the Creative Communities Committee, a group of creatively-minded locals on behalf of Creative NZ.

The Shannon Community Development Trust is awarded through a small committee of Shannon local residents on behalf of the Trust.

For further information please contact Council.

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