To assist community groups where their project funding request falls outside other Council funding criteria and/or closing dates. This fund is also for emergency or unforeseen situations.

Please note: The Metropolitan Discretionary Response Fund is expended for this financial year.

Apply for the Discretionary Response Fund

Please check the availability of funds and the eligibility of your project before filling out an application form.

All organisations applying for funding must also complete a Community Organisation Registration form. Organisations only need to complete one registration form for the year, no matter how many grant applications they intend to make. 

For assistance email communitygrants@ccc.govt.nz.

Purpose

To assist community groups where the project and funding request falls outside other council funding criteria and/or closing dates. This fund is also for emergency funding for unforeseen situations.

Process

Applications are open from 1 July each year. Once the annual allocation of funds is exhausted the fund is closed.

Funding period is for 12 months after date of submission.

What this fund covers

Note: This fund operates differently at a metropolitan and local level.

Local Discretionary Response Fund

Community Board’s can grant funds to any group or person for any purpose except for those listed below.

Metropolitan Discretionary Response Fund

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.

Applications can be for operational or project costs, incurred in the provision and delivery of the agreed initiative.

What this fund does not cover

Local Discretionary Response Funds will not cover:

  • Activities or initiatives where the primary purpose is to promote religious ministry, political objectives or commercial profit orientated interests
  • Debt servicing or re-financing costs
  • Stock or capital market investment
  • Gambling or prize money
  • Payment of fines or court costs
  • Payment for IRD penalties or retrospective tax payments.
  • Legal challenges against Council, Community Boards, Council-controlled organisations or Environment Court decisions 
  • Projects or initiatives that change the scope of a Council project
  • Projects or initiatives that will lead to ongoing operational costs to the Council

The Metropolitan Discretionary Response Fund will not cover:

  • Debt servicing or re-financing costs
  • Stock or capital market investment
  • Gambling or prize money
  • Funding of individuals (except for Youth Development Fund)
  • Activities or initiatives where the primary purpose is to promote religious ministry, political objectives, commercial or profit oriented interests
  • Payment of fines, court costs 
  • Payment for IRD penalties or retrospective tax payments
  • Legal challenges against Council, Community Boards, Council-controlled organisations or Environment Court decisions
  • Projects or initiatives that change the scope of a Council project
  • Projects or initiatives that will lead to ongoing operational costs to the Council.

Accountability and compliance

  • Funding received is to be spent 12 months from the receipt of the grant.
  • Any alterations to the use of the funding must be discussed with council staff and agreed to or funding may be required to be returned.
  • An accountability form must be completed when funding is spent or 13 months after the money was granted

Future funding can be withheld if accountability requirements are not met.