Council & City

Celebrating Communities Fund

The Celebrating Communities Fund aims to support events in Palmerston North that help particular communities to celebrate their strengths and share them with the city.

The fund is about supporting geographic communities, as well as communities of interest. It is not intended for arts, sports or large scale city events that require significant levels of support.

The scheme administrator can advise you on funding opportunities for these type of events.

For this scheme, events are defined as gatherings of a celebratory, educational, competitive, commemorative or exhibitive nature that:

  • share a common purpose
  • are clearly defined with a beginning and end
  • occur for a limited time
  • may be repeated on a cyclical basis, such as annually, but are not regularly scheduled, i.e.  weekly cultural activity classes.

Events should be locally significant, of special interest to the people of Palmerston North and enhance community wellbeing.

Some of the events funded by Celebrating Communities include Pasifika Fusion, Awesome Awapuni Day, World on Stage and regional kapa haka showcases.

How to apply

Applications are open throughout the year. We recommend applying in good time before your event. Applications must not be submitted less than two months before the event.

We'd love to meet you and discuss your project. We can give advice on whether this fund is for you, and answer any questions you may have before you submit your application. Please contact our community funding coordinator on 06 356 8199 or email

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