Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity
- The following priorities will be used to assist with the allocation of funding:
- Older adults
- Children and youth
- People with disabilities
- Ethnic and culturally diverse groups
- Disadvantage and/or social exclusion
- The capacity of community organisations
- Civic engagement
- Council does not have the necessary resources to meet the needs and expectations of all not-for-profit and voluntary groups. Therefore, it focuses assistance toward those key activities and initiatives that contribute to and align with the community outcomes in the Long Term Plan (LTP) and with other Council strategies.
- The following funding outcomes will be used to evaluate and assess applications:
- Support, develop and promote the capacity and sustainability of community, recreation, sports, arts, heritage and environment groups.
- Increase participation in and awareness of community, recreation, sports, arts, heritage and environment groups, programmes and local events.
- Increase community engagement in local decision making.
- Enhance community and neighbourhood safety.
- Provide community based programmes which enhance basic life skills.
- Reduce or overcome barriers to participation.
- Foster collaborative responses to areas of identified need.
- Under this scheme, the community boards will consider applications for a variety of activities including:
- Educational studies: This can include personal development opportunities, such as leadership skills, career development and skills training or community based educational skills
- Cultural studies: This can include courses or seminars such as Te Reo lessons, musical training, arts colloquiums or attendance at cultural events taking place locally, nationally or internationally
- Representation at events: Applicants can apply for assistance if they have been selected to represent their school, team or community at a local, national or international event. This includes sporting, cultural and community events.
- Recreation development: Assistance to attend or take part in one-off or ongoing recreational events, or participation at recreation or sporting development. For example, representing Canterbury at rugby or advanced ballet classes in Wellington.
- Capacity building: Providing support for personal development or growth. For example, leadership training.
- On average, successful applicants to the fund have received around $300 from the community boards.
- Applications are invited from eligible not-for-profit groups whose activities provide opportunities in the areas of community, social, recreation, sports, arts, environment or heritage to the wider community or to specifically defined communities of interest.
- The following criteria must be met by all applicants:
- All groups applying for more than $2,000 must be incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 or the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 or be a legal entity that is registered for charitable purposes.
- Be based in the Christchurch City Council area with funded programmes or services being provided primarily for Christchurch City Council residents.
- Must have provided accountability reports for all previous Council funding and have no unresolved or outstanding accountability issues including outstanding debt to Council.
- Must have had the funding application approved at a properly convened committee meeting and in writing.
- Must provide evidence of the need for the project.
- Have appropriate financial management, accounting, monitoring and reporting practices.
- Have sound governance and appropriate operational capability and capacity to deliver to the level as agreed.
- Be able to commit to collaboration and partnering, where appropriate.
- Groups receiving Council funding at a metropolitan level may only apply for local funding if the project is specifically local and no portion of it has been funded at the metropolitan level.
For more information, visit Christchurch City Council.