Infrastructure Grant

This fund aims to encourage the creation of bold new infrastructure that directly benefits and is strongly supported by the community. Applications for the 2020/21 financial year have closed and successful applicants have been notified.  The next funding round will open in late March 2021 for consideration in July 2021 for the 2021/22 financial year.

If you have a project that will be eligible, we recommend you contact the Funding Advisor early so we can work with you on your application.

Applicants must demonstrate they have considered life-cycle costs of the proposed infrastructure and show a clear understanding of ownership and ongoing maintenance costs.

Council offers matched funding to help communities build new infrastructure in the Far North. The fund does not cover repair or replacement of existing infrastructure.

The total fund is $100,000. The fund is contestable. Applicants need at least 50% of the project cost secured from sources outside of Council.

Application information

Step 1.Application Guidance

Before submitting your application please read the guidance notes at the back of the application form. Common mistakes include:

  • not having 50% of project cost secured
  • not submitting a business plan
  • not having written proof of permission from land or property owners  (including Council)
  • project is not infrastructure – beautification, operations and equipment are not eligible
  • We have developed a checklist to help applicants meet the criteria. We want to ensure that proposed projects are discussed early with staff.

Step 2.Application Form

Complete the interactive application form(PDF, 531KB) - use the checklist(PDF, 154KB) to ensure your have included all required information. You may submit this via email or as hard copy.  

If you email your application and do not receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days, please call 09 401 5775 to confirm it has been received.

Step 3.Policy

The Council through the combined Community Boards will allocate the Infrastructure Grant Fund in a manner consistent with the objectives of the Community Grant Policy(PDF, 668KB), the Community Outcomes as stated on page 13 of the Annual Plan(PDF, 1MB), and the conditions listed on the application form.

What next?

Step 1.If your application is successful

You will be notified by the funding team, who will send you a funding agreement to sign and return.  Once the team has received your signed agreement, they will raise a purchase order.  You will then invoice Council, ensuring your invoice includes the provided purchase order number.  Your invoice must be sent to

If you do not include your purchase order number or email your invoice to any email address other than, your payment will not be processed, and there may be a delay in you receiving your funding.

Step 2.Project report

A condition of your funding agreement will be that you must provide a project report to Council.  This report must be returned to Council within two months of the completion of your project, or by the end of the financial year in which you receive funding.  Extensions may be granted to this timeframe at the discretion of the Team Leader of the funding team.

Failure to provide a project report may result in your organization being ineligible to apply for any Council funding for a period of three years.