Council & City

Strategic Priority Grants

Our major funding programme is designed to help the community sector deliver on Council’s vision.

The Strategic Priority Grants programme (formerly Fee for Service) provides multi-year funding for community-led projects, activities or services. These grants are designed to encourage community leadership and ownership of programmes that seek solutions to local social, environmental and cultural issues.

We will fund community organisations whose outcomes directly contribute to Council’s vision: small city benefits, big city ambition.

Our funding priorities are based on the Creative and Liveable Strategy (to achieve Goal 2: A creative and exciting city); the Connected Community Strategy (to achieve Goal 3: A connected and safe community); and the Eco City Strategy (to achieve Goal 4: An eco city).

The total funding available is $1.3m per year for three years, starting from 1 July 2019.

Fee for Service was the previous version of this funding programme. Contracts have been awarded for the three-year period covering 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. You can download the list of the contracted organisations at the bottom of this page.

How to apply

Applications are open from Wednesday 19 September and close at 4pm on Monday 19 November 2018.

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website.

We recommend chatting with us before you submit your application. We're holding weekly drop-in sessions around Palmerston North for you to receive one-on-one support with your application. The drop-in session timetable is on the back page of the Strategic Priority Grants guidelines below.

You can also contact Rebecca Hofmann on 06 356 8199 or email