South Wairarapa District Council operates the following funding schemes:


Creative Communities Scheme

Creative Communities LogoThe Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities within the South Wairarapa.  The scheme is a partnership between Creative NZ and the Council who administer the scheme.  To be successful applications must show that the proposed project meets one or more of the funding criteria:  Broad community involvment, diversity and/or young people.  Applicants should carefully read the criteria as set out in the Creative Communities Scheme brochure.  This brochure tells you if your project is able to be funded through the CCS and how to make an application.  The application guide shows you how to submit a great application for your project.

Next Funding Round
Applications for the next round of South Wairarapa District Creative Communities Scheme grants will close on 28 February 2019 and are for projects commencing after the 19 March 2019 and finishing by 19 March 2020.
The Assessment Group will meet in September and assess your application against the criteria in the brochure.  All applicants will be notified within one week of whether your application is successful and the amount of the grant to be received.  If you need to know sooner then feel free to contact the Scheme Administrator.

Available Funds
We expect that approximately $6,000 will be available for distribution in the February 2019 funding round.

Payment of Grant
Applicants who are not GST registered and have supplied their bank account details with their application can expect to have the grant amount direct credited to your bank account onthe 20 April 2018.  If you are GST registered we can not pay your grant until we have received an invoice from you.  Council accounts payable policy is for accounts to be paid on the 20th of the month following.

Future Funding Rounds
The Committee must hold 2-4 funding rounds per financial year.  Generally South Wairarapa hold two funding rounds per year, one in February and one in August.  Occasionally if insufficient applications have been received for the February funding round another round will be held in May.

Assessment Committee
Funding is provided by Creative NZ for arts projects in the South Wairarapa.  We are looking for community representatives who are familiar with a broad range of local community and arts activities to join our Assessment Group and provide input in the assessment of applications and allocation of funding.   

If you would like to be a part of the Assessment Group, please submit a completed nomination form by 16 November 2018 or contact Suzanne Clark (06 306 9611) for more information.


Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund

Sport New Zealand LogoThe Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund is open to South Wairarapa sports clubs and school teams with young people aged between 5 and 19 years who require subsidies to assist with transport expenses to local sporting competitions.  The scheme is a partnership between Council and Sport NZ and was developed in response to concerns about the lack of participation in sport by young people living in rural communities.  The 2017/2018 fund was fully allocated to nine clubs and one school. The 2018/2019 fund of $9,500 is open and applications will be accepted until the 24 August 2018.

For more information about this grant please contact the grant administrator.

Send the completed form to:
South Wairarapa District Council
PO Box 6
Martinborough 5741



Community Board Grants

Martinborough Community Board
Criteria for community grants are on the application form with priority funding areas as identified in the Martinborough Community Board 3-year strategic plan.  Two funding rounds will be held in 2018, with applications considered on the 23 April 2018 and the 27 August 2018.  An accountability form must be completed within 3 months of project completion.

Featherston Community Board
In 2018 the Featherston Community Board will consider grant applications on:

  • 13 March 2018
  • 17 July 2018
  • 20 November 2018

The maximum grant that can be applied for is $500 per application.  The criteria are outlined on the application form.  An accountability form must be completed within 3 months of project completion.

Greytown Community Board
Greytown Community Board considers grant applications at their 6-weekly meetings.  Refer to our meetings calendar for the meetings schedule.  The maximum grant that can be applied for is $500 per application.  The criteria are outlined on the application form.  The Greytown Community Board require a project accountability form to be completed within 3 months of grant expenditure.



Council Annual Plan/Long Term Plan Grants