Grants and Funding


Regular Grants

Council administers several grants to support groups and individuals in our community. Grants available include:  

Community grants

This year, Council has set aside $30,000 ($10,000 for each ward) over two funding rounds to assist funding community based projects. Applications for the second funding round have now closed. 

Creative Communities Funding

We administer the Creative Communities Scheme that provides funding for arts and cultural projects in our district. The money comes from a national arts body, Creative New Zealand.


District Events Funding

Are you running an event to benefit the community within our district?

We have $20,000 a year available to help community groups deliver great events in the Matamata-Piako District.

There are no funding round application dates. Applications can be made at any time during the year.

Funds can be used for new events or to help existing events to grow.

Click here to view our Events Funding Policy and application form.


Heritage Building and Protected Trees Funding assistance

Funding is available to encourage and assist with the on-going protection and enhancement of the natural environment and cultural heritage in our district.


Resource Consent Funding for community groups

We have set aside $15,000 to assist non-profit community organisations to fund the costs of resource consent applications. Applications can be made at any time, with a maximum of $5000 to be granted to each community group per project.

Click here to download the Resource Consent Funding for Community Groups Form

Click here to review our policy on Resource Consent Funding


Significant Natural Features Funding

We have a ‘Significant Natural Features Fund’ where landowners who have a significant site such as a wetland and/or native bush area can apply for funding towards fencing the site and project costs. Funding is now open until the 20 June.


Dr Lawrence & Elsie Mackie Memorial Trusts

Dr Lawrence and Elsie Mackie Memorial Trust grants are available to people from Te Aroha and the surrounding country areas (Elstow, Manawaru, Mangaiti, Ngarua, Springdale, Te Aroha West, Wairakau, Waihou and Waitoa). This funding is provided for 'charitable purposes', for both groups or individuals.