Grant Funding

​​​​​​1. Pride of Place Fund

The Pride of Place Policy was developed out of recognition that many of our smaller communities did not have or want large scale capital revitalisation projects. For our smaller communities the projects they have in mind are of a smaller scale. What they often need to progress the projects is a small amount of funding support to enable them to make the most of community (volunteer) input and possible funding from other places (Trusts etc).​

The key to the success of any township revitalisation is that it is community led with the ideas, energy and passion coming from the people who will benefit the most, the township community. It is all about having on-going conversations and seeing where Council and communities (and other funders and supporters) can work together.


  • Help smaller communities to enhance the look and feel of their communities.
  • Provides funding support to help community projects with materials, equipment and other project expenditure as approved by Council’s Property Group.


  • Public benefit
  • Long term (i.e. not events)

Township beautification, new community assets, entranceways, cycle and walkways, river and streamside clean-up and landscaping, picnic tables and seats, signs and artworks.

Who can apply? 
Community groups, Iwi and hapu, legal entities.
Note: Preference will be given to groups with a proven track record of delivering community projects.

Applications will be considered twice a year with closing dates of 31 March and 31 October.​

Applications are now open from 9 December 2019 to 31 March 2020. Any applications received after this date will go into the 31 March funding round for 2020.

For more information including an application form see the Document Links panel below or email Candice or contact her via your local Council office.

2. Creative Communities Grant Funding

If you are involved with any activity or project, that increases participation in the arts or culture at a local level, you may be eligible for grant funding from the Creative New Zealand Creative Communities Scheme.

Creative Communities grant funding is available for any arts based activity and includes such things as increasing the range and diversity of arts and culture available to local communities, or any project that enhances or strengthens the local arts sector.

For more information including an application form see the Document Links panel below or email Candice or phone  via your local council office.

See here for successful Creative Communities Grant recipients​ 


3. Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

Ruapehu District Council in association with Sport New Zealand operate the Youth Sport Team Rural Travel Fund.

The Rural Travel Fund is designed to help youth sport teams with young people aged between 5 to 19 years to attend regular local sport competitions by providing subsidies to assist with travel expenses.

If you are involved with a sport team whose members fall within this age criteria and you require financial assistance for travel to allow your team to take part you may be eligible for a subsidy grant.

Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund is now CLOSED.

For more information including an application form see the Document Links panel below​ or email Candice or phone via your local Council office.


4. Community Hall Repairs and Maintenance Grants 

RDC provides grant funding for upgrading, repairs and maintenance on community halls in the Ruapehu district that do not receive up-keep from ratepayers.

The Community Halls Grant is open from 18 November 2018  to 31 March 2020.

For more information please email Candice ​or phone via your local council office.


5. Whanganui River Enhancement Charitable Trust

Formed in 2002 as an agreement between Wanganui District Council, Ruapehu District Council and Genesis Energy, the Trust’s objective is to promote and encourage the enhancement of the waters and catchments of the Whanganui River. The Trust is now calling for applications for Whanganui River Enhancement Projects (Social, Economic and Environmental).
The Trust gives special consideration to applications for innovative environmental projects that help protect water quality in the Whanganui River Catchment.

For land owners wishing to undertake environmental works, the Trust will consider a subsidy for capital works (e.g. fencing) of $2 for every $1 put in by the applicant.
Specific criteria apply.

Applications are currently closed.

For more information or to submit an Application Form please contact Cam Speedy (Trust Secretary)

Whanganui River Enhancement Charitable Trust
C/- Tokaanu Power Station, Private Bag 36, Turangi, Attention: Cam Speedy
Phone: 07 384 7234
Fax: 07 384 7201

 6. Strategic Grants

Ruapehu District Council has invested in a partnership with Strategic Grants to provide our local community organisations with access to a monthly spreadsheet with information on upcoming grants, as well as:

  • A Grant-Seeking Essentials and Grants Calendar Filtering document

  • A half-hour webinar covering the basics of grant-seeking and prospecting

  • FREE subscription for 1 year to the GEM Local system (one registration per organisation), which you can use to create a customised Grants Calendar for your organisation, receive email alerts about upcoming grant and accountability deadlines and record your grants history; as well as find further learning resources. To sign up, go to: and register your organisation, using the coupon code RUAPEHUCC19

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this amazing offer to access a grant seeking tool (for free!) as the Grants Calendar will help you to sort and find the right grants for your programs!  You can opt to get the email excel calendar tool only or you can also opt to register as a GEM Local subscriber (also for free) further enhancing the customised grant calendar tool for you.  You’ll find other services from Strategic Grants are available.

A half-hour webinar covering the basics of grant-seeking and how to find grants prospects in the excel Grants Calendar we will send each month has been recorded and access to the recoded Webinar is here:

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Please also follow this link to complete this short survey for us to assess your current grant-seeking activities and to inform future training and support initiatives.

Strategic Grants’ staff will also be in touch from time to time to check in on how this resource is working for your organisation.


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