Community Funding

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We provide or administer a range of funding options to help support local projects and events to promote community wellbeing.   We can also point you in the right direction of other external funders, either locally or nationally.  

QLDC funding options Tips for fundraising Funding websites and tools External Community Grants and Funders

QLDC funding options

  • Supporting the diversity, heritage and creativity of our place and people is essential for community wellbeing and helps to build a culturally rich and creative district that is accessible to all. Funding is available to support our distinct local arts, heritage and cultural projects from a range of contestable funds.

    Creative Communities Scheme (CCS)

    The Creative Communities Scheme works to strengthen the local art community. Projects that get funded do at least one of the following:

    • encourage participation — creating opportunities for local communities to engage with, and participate in local arts activities

    • support diversity — supporting the diverse artistic cultural traditions of local communities

    • enable young people — they provide opportunities for young people (under 18 years) to engage with, and participate in the arts

    How to apply:

    Anyone who would like to deliver an arts based project in the Queenstown Lakes District can apply for a grant from the Creative Communities Scheme. Read the applicant guide and complete the application form:

    Applicant Guide
    Creative Communities Scheme Application Form

    This scheme has two funding rounds each year:

    • Round 1: opens 1 February and closes the last Friday in February

    • Round 2: opens 1 August and closes the last Friday in August

    Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme (CLASS)

    The Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme works to strengthen and enhance the local art sector. Funding available is a maximum of $2,000 annually per applicant and per project. Funding applications can be made to CLASS at any time. Decisions are made on a monthly basis.

    How to apply:

    Complete the application form and send it to the appropriate organisation for consideration:

    Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme Guidelines and Application Form 

    Projects in the Queenstown, Arrowtown and Glenorchy areas, please complete and return this application form to:
    Creative Queenstown
    Private Bag 50072
    Queenstown 9348

    Projects in the Wanaka and Upper Clutha areas, please complete and return this application form to:
    Upper Clutha Arts Council
    PO Box 216
    Wanaka 9343

    The Upper Clutha Arts Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Applications must be received by the 20th of the month prior.

    Heritage Incentive Grant

    Applications for the heritage incentive grant can be made by the owners of listed heritage items (natural and built) in the Queenstown Lakes District. Financial assistance will only be granted to Category 1, 2, and 3 historic buildings, sites and objects (including trees) as listed in the Inventory of Protected Features (Appendix 3) in the District Plan.

    Applications can be made for the following financial assistance:

    • Professional Advice - to assist with advice on earthquake strengthening, building conservation plans, adaptive re-use feasibility studies and other studies to do with the conservation of the place, object or tree which will encourage their protection, preservation, maintenance and enhancement.

    • Consent - to assist with reimbursing the landowner for land use consent and building consent fees incurred in preservation or adaptive re-use. These are fees incurred because of the historic designation.

    • Maintenance - to assist with funding routine maintenance work undertaken by heritage professionals

    How to apply:

    Complete the application form below: 

    Heritage Grant Application Form

    And send it to:

    Jan Maxwell, Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348 or email

    If you have any enquiries regarding this application please call (03) 441 0499.

  • We're committed to supporting a balanced portfolio of events across the district. This includes providing an annual contestable events fund that is open for both commercial and community events to apply (for amounts over $5000).

    The 2020/21 QLDC contestable events funding round has now closed. 

    Local community events applying for less than $5,000 (per year) can apply for support at any time through the Local Community Support channel.

  • Local events allow us to connect with and support each other, and they are an awesome way to celebrate the amazing communities we live in. Funding is available to support local events across our district through the Local Community Support grant. 

    Local Community Support grant

    Event costs covered by Local Community Support can include ‘in kind’ support for QLDC resources:

    • QLDC venue, reserves or equipment hire

    • QLDC regulatory and permitting fees or deposits.

    Costs covered may also include support for local suppliers of event services e.g. waste management and portaloo hire.

    In most cases, cash funding will not be paid to the successful applicant. Instead all approved costs will be paid directly by QLDC.

    Local Community Support does not cover bond payments, special licence fees, associated costs* (i.e. waste, labour and cleaning). Local Community Support cannot be used to fully fund any event.

    How to apply:

    1. Book QLDC venue, reserve or equipment hire: confirm the booking date and obtain a quote by emailing your enquiry to

    2. Once you receive a quote and confirmed booking details, include this information on your Local Community Support Application Form

    1. If your request is for an amount of $1,000 or more, your event budget must also be provided with your application.

    2. Submit the application at least 20 working days prior to your event, to ensure we have enough time consider your application and respond.

  • A travel subsidy is available to assist the development of junior sport in rural communities.

    This is available to organisations and schools with participants aged between five and 19 years playing sport for a club or school club who meet the rural travel fund criteria (the fund is not available for travelling to regional or national events.)

    The following criteria are applied when considering applications for funding:

    • School club teams – a school club team participating in regular local sport competition out of school time, which excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time.

    • Sports club teams – a sports club team participating in organised, regular sport competition through club membership outside of school time.

    For more, check out the  Rural Travel Fund Guidelines

    How to apply

    The closing date for applications is the last Friday of October every year.

    You can download the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund Application Form  or pick up a hard copy from Council offices on Gorge Road, Queenstown and Ardmore Street, Wānaka.

    Any questions?

    Jan Maxwell - Arts and Events Facilitator
    03 441 0469 or 027 233 7934

  • Applications for the 2020 Waste Mininisation Community Fund are now open.  

    Get details on the fund and how to apply in the Rubbish and Recycling section of our website.

    Waste Minimisation Community Fund details  

    Any questions?

    If you have any questions about the application criteria and process, please contact 


Tips for fundraising

At some point, nearly every community organisation will need to raise money to continue its work in the community, run an event, or carry out a special project. Raising funds, like most activities, is easier if you have a clear idea of what you need to do and how you'll do it.

Funding opportunities open and close at different times throughout the year so it pays to be organised, research well in advance and check funder information regularly.

If you'd like to discuss options for funding your project or event, please contact

Steps to follow:

  • Gather information about your organisation

  • Gather information about the project or activity

  • Find out about funding sources and possible activities

  • Create a fundraising plan

  • Implement your fundraising plan - send out applications and complete fundraising activities

  • Account for funding received and evaluate how your plan worked

Funding websites and tools

  • GenerosityNZ: a database they provide is givUS which offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. We provide free access to the database through our public libraries. Please contact your local library for more information about accessing givUS.

  • CommunityNet Aotearoa: an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations. Resources include a Funding Application Checklist.

External Community Grants

  • Te Tipuria Fund  - WellSouth: to help those working to improve local food environments.

  • Eco Fund - Otago Regional Council: for projects that benefit the community.

  • Ethnic Communities Development Fund - Community Matters: to support the development of established and emerging ethnic communities.

  • Like Minds, Like Mine - Community grants to bring to life initiatives that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion for people living with mental illness or distress in your local community, iwi, or hapū.

  • Harcourts Foundation - Providing grants to reputable community-based organisations which need funding for projects and initiatives designed to benefit as many people as possible.

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