Community board funding

Do you need funding for community projects or events? Funding is available through the three Community Boards to support projects that encourage community leadership, self-reliance and the work of volunteers.

You should apply for funding from the board where your project or event will take place. For example, applications for Kaitaia projects or events should go to Te Hiku Community Board.  



How do I apply?

Step 1.Make sure your project meets our funding guidelines 

The Community Grant Policy(PDF, 668KB) outlines the requirements for applicants requesting Local Community Grant funding from our Community Boards.

Step 2.Complete application 

  • You can now apply for this funding Council online - follow this link 
  • If you are unable to complete the online application, you can still print and complete the Local Grant application form(PDF, 612KB) 
  • Provide all the information requested - incomplete applications will not be processed
  • If you need help with your application contact us by calling 0800 920 029 and ask to speak to the Funding Advisor

Step 3.Submit application

Your application must be received in full 20 working days before the next community board meeting.  Application closing due dates and meeting dates show on the right hand side of this page.  Late applications will not be considered.

  • Scan and email to
  • You can also drop your application at any Service Centre, or post to:

Funding Advisor
Far North District Council
Private Bag 752
Kaikohe 0440

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

Projects should encourage community leadership, self-reliance and the work of volunteers. Projects can also provide good quality facilities or services that would not otherwise be possible. Some projects to have received Community Funding are:

  • Floodlights at the Kaikohe Rugby and Sports Club’s Lindvart Park training ground.
  • Kerikeri Christmas Parade.
  • Upgrade of a 113-year-old community hall near Taipa
  • Soundgarden Music Festival, Kohukohu.
  • Seniors Christmas luncheon, Whatuwhiwhi.

Successful projects also support community goals or outcomes listed on page 13 of Council's Annual Plan(PDF, 1MB).

Applications for funding are considered during monthly/six-weekly community board meetings. They must be received in full 15 working days before the next community board meeting. 

Ensure your application is completed accurately and in full, and all supporting documentation has been provided. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Make sure your application is submitted in time to be presented at a meeting of the relevant Board before the date your project or event, as retroactive applications are ineligible.

You can find out more about community board funding assessment and if your project or event is eligible to apply for funding, in the Community Grant Policy.(PDF, 668KB)

When your project is complete, you will need to submit a report(PDF, 63KB) detailing how you spent the money, including financial documentation. This is also available as a MS Word document(DOCX, 98KB)

Your report must be received no later than two months after the completion of your project. 

If you do not submit a project report you will not be eligible for future funding from Council for a minimum period of 3 years.