Neighbours Day Aotearoa

Wellington City Council is encouraging groups to apply for funding to support Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2018 through the Social and Recreation fund, for projects which support and build strong resilient communities.

Family enjoying the sun at a community event in Strathmore

Family enjoying the sun at a community event in Strathmore

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Neighbours Day Aotearoa (NDA) 2018, the annual celebration to encourage neighbourliness in our communities, will be celebrated from 24–25 March 2018.  All applications for funding should be submitted before midnight on 31 October 2017 to the Social and Recreation Fund. Applications can be made through the funding portal.

Wellington’s NDA 2018 theme is Connecting with our Neighbours. We invite innovative and exciting applications for events and projects which support and build strong and resilient communities.

Priority will be given to projects which:

  • 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

Projects planned from mid-December 2017 through to the last weekend of March 2018 will be considered.

Applications to the Social and Recreation Fund will be accepted 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.

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;

  • organise a street, estuary or coastal clean-up and working bee in your neighbourhood - a great way to gather neighbours for a common purpose;

  • knowing your neighbours' contact details means that you have the opportunity to contact them during emergencies or to easily get them together for a neighbourhood gathering;

  • 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.

For any further information email neighboursday@wcc.govt.nz

The official Neighbours Day Aotearoa website has downloadable resources and you can register your event; neighboursday.org.nz.