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Local Initiatives Fund

Is your community group or non-profit organisation looking for start-up funding for a new project? The Local Initiatives Fund may be able to help.

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This fund provides start-up funding to help community groups and not for profit organisations get their projects off the ground.

We are looking for unique initiatives that make a difference for our communities and enhance social connectedness and wellbeing.

Moemoeātia te moemoeā, engari whakatinanahia.

Dream the dream, but achieve it also

What the fund is for

This annual grant scheme, available to not for profit groups and organisations, is a great opportunity to develop new activities and initiatives that can make a real difference in Palmerston North.

The fund is $25,000 and there is no maximum on how much you can apply for.

The fund is targeted to support new ideas, particularly those which:

  • increase social connectedness in neighbourhoods
  • increase social connectedness in disadvantaged communities
  • result in a strong and sustainable voluntary sector
  • result in active citizenship.

Past recipients 

These are some of the groups that have previously received funding:

How to apply

Applications for 2016 funding are open from 7 November until 5pm on 9 December.

Download an application form below or pick one up from our Customer Service Centre or your local library.

To find out if your idea is eligible, read the local initiatives guidelines at the bottom of this page, call us on 06 356 8199 or email Peter Grey