Social & Recreation Fund

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

2019 priorities

For the April 2019 funding round we will prioritise projects that:

  • Deliver positive and meaningful activities for vulnerable individuals and the community, with a particular focus on collaborative and coordinated approaches.
  • Address the wellbeing and mental health of young people
  • Respond to the needs of young people on the street and to youth homelessness
  • Aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation and improve connections in the community

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); 

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

Past Allocations (293KB PDF)

First-time applicants

Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal:

Funding Portal - Apply Online 

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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.

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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 2018-2028. The Mayor and Councillors goals for the next three years are set out in detail in the Mayor and Councillors 3 year Work Programme (Triennium Plan), which was adopted by Council on 29 June 2016.

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 online 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. 

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2019

For groups and organisations planning events or projects around Neighbours Day Aotearoa in March 2019 applications for funding can be made through the Social and Recreation fund closing 31 October.

For more information, email  

More information

Phil Railton-Jacks, Funding Advisor (for information about the application process)

Phone 021 227 8562