The contracts are based on the delivery of services that contribute to Council's approved community outcomes and were increased in the 10 Year Plan from $1.36 million to $1.57 million per annum.
Community liaison team leader Peter Grey said the recipients all showed how their services would benefit communities within the city.
"Community groups have demonstrated to the Council how their activities will align to aspirations set out in the Arts, Active Recreation, Safe City, Biodiversity, Māori Community and Social strategies."
The Council received 63 proposals totalling $3.17 million.
"It has awarded 48 community organisations a three-year contract each," Peter Grey said.
"That's an increase of ten on the previous 2013-2016 round. We are thrilled that 11 new organisations have also benefitted from this funding round."
The budget has been fully allocated for the 2016-2019 funding round.
Photo: Sport Manawatū is one of 48 community organisations awarded funding to deliver services that benefit the people of Palmerston North