Community-Led Initiatives Fund

The Community-led Initiatives Fund supports the community to deliver their own small-scale initiatives, including events and projects that will contribute to Palmy’s goals of being creative and exciting, connected and safe, and an eco-city.

It's all about supporting initiatives that are by the community, for the community.

For this fund, events are defined as celebratory, educational, competitive, commemorative or exhibition gatherings. It is not intended for arts or sports. We will prioritise projects that are new and unique, or which might not be achieved without funding.

There are priorities for the Community-led Initiatives Fund that will be assessed when applications are considered. These include that the activity should be:

  • delivered by and/or primary benefit the following communities – Māori, Pasifika, ethnic, refugee background, disabled people, rainbow communities, children and young people, or older people
  • locally focused, by taking place within the Palmy city boundary, or by showing a clear benefit to Palmy residents
  • collaborative, demonstrating partnerships and connections with other groups. This includes exploring funding options and sources, such as fundraising, sponsorship, other grants, volunteer effort and donations
  • of appropriate scale – this fund is not for large-scale events or projects
  • open to the public.

How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year until the fund is fully allocated (the average grant range is $500 to $10,000).

They must be made by a registered organisation, such as a charitable trust, incorporated society or a social enterprise. An unregistered group can apply under an umbrella organisation. The umbrella organisation must be registered and willing to oversee and monitor the use of grants made to an unregistered group.

The Council’s Christmas and New Year shutdown period may affect the application assessment process. To make it in time, please submit your application at least 3 months before your event or project’s start date.

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website. Alternatively, you can submit an enquiry and we'll get in touch to discuss your options.

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Successful applications for 2022-23

We allocated $148,290.63 to 28 initiatives. Grants ranged from $500 to $15,000. The successful recipients are listed below.

Best Care Whakapai Hauora: 4412 Paia Free Whanau and Community Concert, $6,207.50

Legacy Centre: Light Party 2022, $2,500

Age Concern NZ Palmerston North & Districts Branch Inc: AgeConnect Manawatū Art and Craft, $5,702.51

Te Aroha Noa Community Services: Christmas in Farnham Park 2022, $6,538.81

Philippine Central Association, Inc.: Pistang Pilipino sa Palmerston North 2022, $6,398.61

RiverStop Awapuni: Tales, Tea and Music 2022, $500

Roslyn Education And Community Health (REACH): Reach Whacky Water Day 2023, $7,280

Niuvaka Trust: Vaka Festival, $6,680

Digits Charitable Trust: Our Kids Online, $1,437.50

Manawatū Performing Arts Competition Society Incorporated: Centenary Celebrations, $9,645.50

River Stop Awapuni: Tea, Tales and Tour 2023, $700

Palmy Drag Fest: Rainbow Fair & Palmy Drag School, $10,800

Alliance Francaise Palmerston North Incorporated: Fete de la Musique 2023, $9,000

Building good & healthy relationships: Inspire ME talk show, $2,933.50

Manawatū Multicultural Council: World on Stage 2023, $6,000

Kuki Airani o Manawatū Trust: Toku piri’anga ki toku reo, peu, peu Tupuna, $7,017.70

Manawatū Multicultural Council: Welcoming Schools Programme, $13,500

Centrepoint Theatre: Pasifika: Improve Classes, $3,770

Manawatū Lesbian & Gay Rights Assn Inc (MaLGRA): The Rainbow Artmaking Group, $7,575

Manawatū Young Chamber (a branch of Manawatū Business Chamber): The Workplace Culture of the Future – Organisational culture panel discussion, $600

Manawatū Young Chamber (a branch of Manawatū Business Chamber): Building an online presence, modern marketing & branding workshop, $850

Manawatū Young Chamber (a branch of Manawatū Business Chamber): International business panel discussion, $1,070

Manawatū Young Chamber (a branch of Manawatū Business Chamber): Sustainability Made Easy, $1,500

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatū: Little Sisters BIG Camp, $3,200

Best Care Whakapai Hauora: Flip, $15,000

Manawatū Multicultural Council: Poipoia Te Pitomata, $2,617

Manawatū Multicultural Council: Celebration of Ethnic Songs and Praises, $4,424

Palmerston North Papua New Guinea Community Trust: Celebrating 47th Papua New Guinea Independence, $4,843