Looking for Grant Funding?
Ruapehu District Council administers three grant funds:
Applying for funding can seem a thankless task for members of community groups, however, without funds, your group cannot function.
The trusts or organisations you apply to need to be convinced to give money to worthy projects or events. They want to give money away – wisely – and are keen for good projects and events to support. The challenge is to convince them to support your project or event.
A good quality application could increase your group’s chances of receiving grant funding.
Be organised. Don’t wait until the last minute to put together your funding application. Aim to have your application to the funder at least one week prior to the close off date.
A well planned project provides the funder with a clear outline of what you are seeking funding for, your organisation - its aims and goals, the costs of the project or event – supported by quotes and costings, how many volunteer hours will be given to the project or event and the anticipated benefits to the community.
- Check the eligibility criteria to ensure your application complies with the policy of the funder
- Be clear, concise and specific
- Use legible writing
- Answer all the questions
- Show how the community will benefit
- Show your contribution to the project/event, financially and in volunteer hours
- Make sure your sums add up
- Attach everything that is requested
- Disclose any other funding that you have sought or that is currently under consideration. (Remember, the funder wants to see that you are proactive in seeking assistance from others)
- Include a copy of your bank deposit slip – all funds are direct credited to your bank account.
- Keep a copy of your application
- Be late (late applications automatically become ineligible)
- Send in an incomplete application
- Leave blank areas or say “see attached”
- Write screeds of information or attach unnecessary literature
- Make unrealistic requests
- Apply for projects/events that are unlikely to go ahead within the next 12 months
- Apply for retrospective funding i.e. for projects/events that have already commenced or happened
For further information or assistance, please contact the Grants Administrator, Ruapehu District Council, 07 895 8188.
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