Social & Recreation Fund

This fund aims to support projects and organisations that deliver on outcomes that support community resilience, improve community safety, wellbeing and connectedness.  

About this fund

The Social and Recreation Fund supports projects and organisations that contribute to our strategic direction, we prioritise projects which show evidence based need and have positive social impact across one or more of our priorities  (or focus areas); 

  • building strong and resilient communities
  • community safety and wellbeing
  • projects that help Wellington do more to be child and youth friendly city. 
  • The fund can also supports local residents groups with operational funding.

Past Allocations (105KB PDF)

We're making changes

We have made some changes to the priorities for this fund. The changes agreed to by the Grants Subcommitee (29 June 2017) should be confirmed by City Strategy Committee on 3 August 2017. If the changes are not approved, then the previous Focus Areas will be used for assessment of applications (see Social and Recreation Fund Guide in Related Links below)

First-time applicants

Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal:
Funding Portal - Apply Online 

Check your application status

If you've already applied for funding, you can log in to the funding portal to check the status of your application or add information.

Go to Funding Portal

Fund criteria

Your project makes a positive contribution to achieving the Council's Strategic Outcomes outlined in the Towards 2040: Smart Capital strategy and Long Term Plan 2015-2025. The Annual Plan for 2017/18 includes the Mayor and Councillors goals for the next three years and sets out in detail what Council's priorities are, you can see the draft here, which was adopted by Council on 29 June 2016.

See page 19 of the Draft 2017/18 Annual Plan

Focus areas (priorities)

Building strong resilient communities

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Strengthen the local community, contribute to community wellbeing and deliver local solutions to issues /opportunities 
  • Support local volunteering and neighbourhood connectedness 
  • Deliver on outcomes that support Wellington’s Urban Agriculture programme; with particular focus on building sustainable food networks 
  • Increase local community resilience and emergency preparedness 
  • Help develop social and community enterprises - profitable business entities meeting community need which in turn create opportunities for communities to participate in their governance.
Promoting community safety and wellbeing
  • Priority will be given to projects that:
  • Enhance community safety and wellbeing
  • Encourage a community participatory approach to local neighbourhood safety initiatives
  • Assist in supporting the city’s most vulnerable
  • Support a Housing First approach to ending street homelessness

A child and youth friendly city

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • involve children and young people in their development and delivery.
  • help young people gain a better understanding of community, an increased sense of belonging as active citizens and positive contributors to society.

Operational support for residents and progressive associations (up to $1000)

Priorities will be given to organisations that:

  • Demonstrate a positive and inclusive approach to working with all residents, building connections and neighbourliness

  • Communicate regularly with local residents in the area and have an up to date CommunityFinder profile 

  • Have an active membership of 10 or more, excluding the committee, meeting regularly (outside their AGM), keep minutes of these meetings.


When submitting an application residents and progressive associations should:

  • give a summary of their current membership and how often they hold meetings 
  • provide a copy of minutes from recent meetings. 

More information

Funding Advisor

Phone 04 803 8562
Email funding@wcc.govt.nz