Neighbours Day Aotearoa Funding

Funding is available for grants for neighbourhood and community projects over the summer leading up to Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2017.

Family enjoying the sun at a community event in Strathmore

Family enjoying the sun at a community event in Strathmore


Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA) 2017, the annual celebration to encourage neighbourliness in our communities, will be celebrated from 25– 26 March 2017.  All applications for funding should be submitted before midnight on 28 October 2016. Applications can be made through the funding portal.

Wellington’s NDA 2017 theme is Zero Tolerance to Loneliness. We invite applications for events and projects which encourage inclusion and interaction between youth and seniors. Priority will be given to groups or organisations which would include isolated or elderly communities in their projects.

A maximum grant of $500 can be allocated for each project. Projects planned from mid-December 2016 through to the last weekend of March 2017 will be considered.

The grant will support projects from registered organisations and societies. If you are a non-legal entity group then we can offer assistance to find an umbrella organisation. Your project or event will need to meet the necessary requirements. Please contact us as soon as possible if you need assistance with finding an umbrella organisation.

Information about Past Allocations (55KB PDF) is also available.

Stuck for ideas? Some ideas for neighbourhood and community-level projects and events we could fund are:

  • coordinate an inter-generational planting event or other event at your local community garden;

  • hold a community inter-generational dinner and dance;

  • organise cooking classes or an inter-generational bake off;

  • hold community classes, like preserve-making with seasonal produce;

  • have a picnic in the park with your neighbours;

  • talk to your local Residents Association about applying for the funding to support multiple street-level opportunities.

By helping to spread the word and give opportunities for neighbourhoods to become aware of local events and projects, we can further support the message that we need to look after each other in our communities.  We provide this funding as part of our wider Growing Neighbourhoods project.