There are groups, both public and private, that offer grants just for community providers. These funds help cover costs of equipment, training of staff, and activities geared towards boosting independence for people with disabilities.
Do you happen to know about any other community funding resources? Feel free to shoot us an email, and we'll make sure to add them to our list!
Community funding resources
Community matters offers a Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS). This scheme offers grants funded by the government to support volunteer and non-profit groups that do great work in our local communities and neighbourhoods!
Creative NZ offers up to $20,000 funding opportunities for arts organisations and groups with a long-term vision or purpose.
Community Trust South
Grants of up to $75,000 are available for projects, organisations, services and events that them to support thriving communities.
Community Trust South provide funding throughout the south of New Zealand covering follow the link for more info
Aktive offers quality and cost-effective accounting services for the sports and active recreation sector. It also provides leveraged group buying power to reduce the costs of procurement. (This applies to Auckland-based not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations)
The Faiva Ora Community Innovation Fund allocates upto $10,000 to help Pasifika Community Groups that enhance community development, empower Pasifika disabled people, and ensure the further wellbeing of Pasifika people with disabilities.
Contact your council
Each city or district council has different funding schemes. Check out your council’s website and then talk to a funding advisor to find out what funding stream would best suit your purpose and criteria.
Contact a disability information centre
Disability information centres are experts on what’s available for disabled people in their community. They might also be able to help you with your application.
Contact your public library
Public libraries have information about local and national organisations that make grants to individuals and groups. Look on your library’s website. You might get free access to funding databases such as givMe (see below).
givMe: Online database of 4000+ grants
givMe is an online database with information about money available for:
- education, research, and fellowships.
- arts, cultural, and sporting activities.
- professional or personal development.
Look for giveMe on your:
- public library’s website.
- school, polytech, wānanga or university library website.
If your library subscribes to givMe it should be free for you to use. You’ll need a library card number and PIN.
Visit the Generosity New Zealand website to see how givMe works.
Givealittle is a website anyone can use to raise money for a specific cause or need. People have used Givealittle to raise money for things like medical treatment and travel costs for themselves, a family member or a friend.
Last updated on Tuesday, 16 January 2024