Promotions and Community Grants
Council's Grants Policy provides an overview of the various grants that Council and Community Boards administer and the principles and objectives which underpin our funding activities. Grant applications should demonstrate that they meet the criteria set out in the policy and support at least one of the four aspects of community well-being.
There are two contestable grants – promotions grants and community grants (scroll down for more detail on these below).
All applications to these grant funds must be made using the online application form and must be lodged within the notified timeframes to ensure inclusion in the appropriate funding rounds.
Applications to the second round of the 2022/23 Central Otago District Council Promotions and Community Grants are now open. Applications can be submitted at any time and close at 5.00pm on Sunday 19 March 2023, for a decision in May 2023.
Applications will be accepted for projects undertaken after 1 June 2023.
All successful funding recipients are required to complete a Grants - Report Back (Accountability) form post completion of their project or application. In the case of annual grants recipients must report back annually before funds will be released for the following year.
Applications for the first round of the 2023/24 financial year open in March 2023 and will close on Sunday 23 July for a decision in September 2023. Applications will be accepted for projects commencing after 1 October 2023.
Promotions grants provide funding that helps meet community needs/desires for events or activities that enhance the experience of locals and visitors. Funding is targeted to attracting people to visit, stay, or reside in the area for the betterment of existing residents and ratepayers. These grants are funded from targeted rates in each ward.
Applications are made to the Community Board in which area the project/s occur, Cromwell, Vincent, Teviot or Maniototo.
Promotions grant applications will be assessed against the following purpose and criteria.
- Directly enhances user experience
- Attracts and retains visitors
- Supports approved strategies and plans
- Delivers community outcomes
- Is well planned and defined
- Benefits are demonstrated clearly
- Costs are clear and reasonable
- Has broad economic benefit (not individual)
- The applicant shows organisational capability
Media and Marketing Manager
Community grants support community-driven initiatives which enhance the well-being of residents. They fund projects which fall outside of the promotions criteria and demonstrate a clear connection to one or more aspects of community well-being (social, economic, environmental and cultural). Some examples of past successful applications include activities such as community hall operations and community planting projects. These grants are funded through ward and Council rates.
Community grants will be assessed against the following purpose and criteria:
- Clearly demonstrates community benefit
- Has a positive impact on Social Well-being or contributes toward the Connected Community outcome in the district
- Has a positive impact on Cultural Well-being in the district
- Has a positive impact on Environmental Well-being or toward the Sustainable Environment community outcome in the district
- Has a positive impact on Economic Well-being or contributes toward a Thriving Economy in the district
- Is a community-led activity
- Is well planned and defined
- Demonstrates value for ratepayers
- Builds or strengthens community organisations
- Aligns with Council’s published priorities and strategic documents, including contributing toward our Regional Identity - Central Otago A World of Difference.
Please note that Council has fully allocated its 2022/23 grants budget, so applications will only be considered for projects in Community Board areas.
Community Development Advisor
CODC has agreed to provide a contribution to track funding in the Cromwell, Alexandra, Earnscleugh/Manuherikia and Teviot Valley wards. The funds are distributed to volunteer-led trail projects via a relatively simple grants application process. This funding is intended for trail improvements that reduce maintenance costs or repairs/maintenance. It is not intended for new trail projects.
Applicants must demonstrate the need for work, including an assessment of options to complete the work, funding alternatives (if any) and timing for when the work needs to occur. Funding will be allocated throughout the year, with any funds unallocated carried over to the following year.
Please read the supporting information on this page before filling in the:
- Online – Trail Funding Application Form
Eligible Conditions to apply for a Grant
Here is a list of conditions you must fulfill before we can consider your application:
- Your group must be within the Cromwell, Vincent, Teviot wards.
- Your trail project must be volunteer led
- Funds must be used in support of trail repairs and maintenance
- In most cases we will require two current quotes for the proposed work.
If your group is successful with its application, here is a list of things you will need to do:
- Spend the money on the approved items within the agreed timeframe
- Provide receipts
- Return any unused funds within a specified period
- Provide a short report of your trail crew and the work achieved, including progress photos.
- Be available to participate in any publicity that CODC requires.
- Applications will be received and reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Manager.
- All applications will be approved by the CEO of Central Otago District Council.
- To ensure applications proceed in a timely manner, copies of constitutions, regular minutes and quarterly financials should be regularly submitted with Council.
If you have any questions please get in touch via email at email@example.com
Council also administers the following grants on behalf of national funders:
Creative Communities Scheme
Council has a partnership with Creative New Zealand to promote, support and increase participation in arts and cultural activities within the district. These grants are funded by Creative New Zealand and focus on supporting artistic or cultural events and projects which are accessible to the community. These encourage the promotion of arts within the district.
Applications are heard by an Assessment Committee twice per year with application deadlines being March and September each year.
Applications for the next funding round close on Friday 4 August at 4pm.
Creative Communities Application Form
Creative New Zealand Funding Guidelines
Phone: (03) 440 0618
Rural Travel Fund (Sport NZ)
The Rural Travel Fund was launched by Sport New Zealand in response to concerns raised by Territorial Authorities about the lack of participation in sports by young people living in rural communities. Council's partnership with Sport New Zealand allows subsidised travel for junior teams participating in local sports competitions outside of school time. Sport New Zealand provides Rural Travel Funding to Territorial Authorities that have less than 10 people per square kilometre, and who wish to participate in the Rural Travel Fund.
Applications to the Assessment Committee are decided annually with applications closing in September each year.
2022-2023 Rural Travel Fund Application Form
Phone: (03) 440 0618
Maniototo Grants (Māniatoto Grants)
If you live in the Māniatoto, you may be eligible for funding from the Community Trust of Maniototo or the Maniototo Trust Fund. These two grants are awarded twice per year when the Trustees and Community Board hold a joint distribution meeting. These funding distribution meetings are held in May and December of each year.
- The Maniototo County Council created an independent charitable trust known as the Community Trust of Maniototo in April 1974. The Community Trust of Maniototo fund is administered by independent trustees. Grants made through the community trust support individuals and organisations to hold or attend events and carry out operational activities.
- The Maniototo Trust Fund is derived from income received from the sale of the Otago Power Shares in October 2002 that has been invested. The fund is administered by the Maniototo Community Board. These grants assist organisations to deliver capital works and improvement.
To apply for either of these funds, please complete the Application Form.
Asset Management Team Leader – Property
Ranfurly Service Centre
Phone: (03) 262 8502
Looking for funding for a community project? Not sure where to start and have a few questions? If you are a community group or not for profit organisation in the Central Otago area looking for project funding, then attending a clinic is a must. Come and meet your local funders and discuss your project. Details of upcoming clinics will be listed below.
|Wednesday 1 March ||11am||Alexandra Community House||Alexandra|
|Wednesday 1 March||2.30pm||Central Lakes Trust Boardroom||Cromwell|
|Wednesday 16 August||11am||Alexandra Community House||Alexandra|
|Wednesday 16 August||2.30pm||Central Lakes Trust Boardroom||Cromwell|
|Wednesday 6 September||4pm||Māniatoto Service Centre||Ranfurly|