Other funding sources

Organisations other than the Council that offer community grants and support in Wellington.

General funding 

Community Organisation Grants Scheme

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) provides grants to non-profit organisations delivering community-based social services that contribute to achieving locally-determined outcomes.

Community Organisation Grants Scheme

Lottery Community

These grants are available for not-for-profit organisations with a community or social service focus for ongoing operating costs or projects which help improve the quality of people’s lives in their communities.

Lottery Community

Wellington Community Trust

The Trust contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals, whanau, communities and the environment in the region. Grants available include quick response, community, and lift (professional development and capability).  

Wellington Community Trust

Nikau Foundation

The Nikau Foundation is the local community foundation for Wellington region. It attracts gifts, handover trusts, legacies and community organisation endowments and invests them. The income from these investments is distributed to charitable organisations in accordance with the donor’s wishes. 

Nikau Foundation

Gaming trusts

Gaming trusts are an important source of funding for community groups. They are monitored by the Department of Internal Affairs. Gaming trusts in different areas have their own funding criteria.

Gaming Trusts

Transpower CommunityCare Fund

Transpower CommunityCare Fund assists those communities affected by Transpower assets and projects by investing in community-based projects that add real value and benefit to the community as a whole. 

Transpower CommunityCare Fund

Magnus Grant

The Magnus Grant is open to children and grandchildren of serviceman/women from World War Two.  It offers assistance for educational purposes, training or assistance to chronic health conditions. 

Magnus Grant

Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

Provides funding for schools, community groups, and individuals in the Hutt Valley, Porirua City, and Wellington North that are working to build strong communities.

Hutt Mana Charitable Trust

Giv Us and Giv Me

The Generosity New Zealand website has a database listing a wide range of potential funders. There are two main sections to the Generosity New Zealand Service - givUS is for community groups seeking funding and givME is for individuals seeking funding for study and professional development. You can access givUS and givME online with your Wellington City Libraries card

Giv Us
Giv Me

PledgeMe

New Zealand's crowdfunding platform to create, collaborate, and support the funding of creative projects.

PledgeMe

Arts funding

Boosted 

The Boosted team can help you raise funds for any arts production, performance, infrastructure, or research/education project that benefits New Zealand in some way.

Boosted

Creative New Zealand 

CNZ have a range of arts funding programmes.  

Creative New Zealand

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage 

The MCH website includes a Cultural Funding Guide which focuses specifically on arts funding.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Sport funding

Sport New Zealand Directory

Sport New Zealand has an online sport funding directory that provides information on a wide array of sport funding available throughout New Zealand. This directory can be filtered by location.

Sport New Zealand directory

Conservation and Environmental Funding 

Department of Conservation Directory

DOC maintains an extensive list of conservation and environmental funding sources. This funding directory is organised by project type (freshwater, planting, reserach, etc.). 

Department of Conservation directory

Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund Local Grants Programmes

These grants will provide funding for projects or programmes with clear community conservation value for native wildlife and wild places.

Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund Local Grants Programmes

West Wind Community Fund

Provides grants for projects in Makara, South Makara, Makara Beach and Takarau Gorge that support sustainable community development.

West Wind Community Fund

Greater Wellington Regional Council Community Environment Fund

Fund for restoration groups working in the Porirua harbour catchment (Tawa, Churton Park, Glenside, Takapu Valley, Grenada, Paparangi, Woodridge). 

Greater Wellington Regional Council Community Environmental Fund