Social and Recreation Fund

This fund aims to support projects and organisations that deliver outcomes that improve community resilience, harm reduction, community safety and social wellbeing.

Fund details

Closing date: Thursday 27 October 2022 
Contact: Mark Farrar, Funding and Relationships
Past allocations: See past allocations (382KB PDF)

About this fund

The Social and Recreation Fund supports projects and organisations delivering services which contribute to our Council long-term plan. We prioritise projects which show evidence-based need and have positive social wellbeing impact across one or more of our priorities.

Applicants must be a legal entity, those groups or organisations that are not a legal entity can apply using an umbrella agreement with another organisation. Applications are made through the online funding portal. See the funding calendar for closing and decision dates. Only project expenses that start after the decision date are eligible for funding. 


  • The application is from a legal entity. 
  • The project is Wellington-based and benefits the people of Wellington. 
  • Projects must demonstrate how they will address barriers to inclusion for disabled people. 
  • The project should show evidence of community support, collaboration, and evidence of building partnerships with other organisations. 
  • Applicants need to demonstrate partnerships with Mana Whenua – upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi, weaving Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori into the social, cultural, environmental, and economic development of our city, and restoring the city’s connection with Papatūānuku (nature).  

Social Wellbeing Framework  

The 2021 Social Wellbeing Framework sets out our strategic priorities. Here is a link to our Social Wellbeing framework

Priorities for the fund are set through this Social Wellbeing Framework and are listed below. 


Building connected, tolerant and 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. 
  • Address physical, attitudinal and/or communication barriers and demonstrate a broad and deep impact on improving the inclusion of disabled people. 
  • Deliver on outcomes that support Wellington’s Sustainable Food Network action plan. 
  • Support a network of community spaces which deliver programmes and activities that respond to the needs of the local community. 
  • Deliver outcomes that promote inclusion for priority populations, including youth, disability, seniors and gender diverse communities. 
  • Increase local community resilience

Reducing harm and promoting social wellbeing

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Enhance community safety and social wellbeing, including sexual violence, prevention, alcohol harm reduction and family violence prevention. 
  • Assist individuals to get the support they need to reduce vulnerability and enhance their wellbeing. 
  • Align with WCC’s outcomes under Te Mahana: Ending Homelessness in Wellington. 

Children and Young People

Priorities are defined through the Children and Young Peoples strategy and action plan.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Our Central City: ensure all children and young people feel safe and supported in our city at any time of the day. 
  • Hauora across the city; support the positive mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. 
  • The basics: work with others to ensure access to healthy food, safe and healthy housing, and wrap-around support when experiencing homelessness. You belong; make the city welcoming and celebrate all our diverse groups of children and young people. 
  • Pathways: build life-long learners who have pathways to opportunities. 
  • Participating in change - help children and young people take on the world. 

Children and Young Peoples strategy

Operational support for residents and progressive associations (maximum of $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.  

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

Contact us

Mark Farrar, Funding and Relationships Manager

Mobile: 021 227 8525