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Port Waikato Wellbeing fund

Bouncing back after Cyclone Gabrielle can be a real struggle for communities that were hit hard by such damage and disruption.

To help support local initiatives that can help bring people together and improve community wellbeing,  Waikato District Council has received a grant of $26,377 from the Ministry of Social Development.

About the fund:

  • The Mental Wellbeing Fund is being administered by the Rural-Port Waikato Community Board, who will review submissions and decide how the money will be distributed
  • The funds will go to existing community organisations planning events or activities that can help enhance the resilience of individuals, whaanau and our communities in the Port Waikato and rural Port Waikato area
  • Any activities receiving funding must be completed and reported back to Waikato District Council via the community board by 30 June 2024
  • Applications can be made through our community funding application form online here
  • You may be asked to present your idea to the Board in support of your application.

After an event like Cyclone Gabrielle, future resilience comes through a community's ability to learn from its experiences, grow stronger, and emerge from challenges even better than before.

Community groups developing activities that bring people together and help build community connections can apply for the fund.

Applications are assessed at each Rural-Port Waikato Community Board meeting, so groups are encouraged to get applications in quickly for the early February meeting.


Are there time limits on using the funds if our application is successful?

Successful applicants must complete a project accountability report within 2 months of the completion of the project before being eligible for further funding later. The initiative must be completed and reported back to Waikato District Council via Rural-Port Waikato Community Board by 30 June 2024.

When do applications close?

Applications will be considered at Rural-Port Waikato Community Board meetings. Although there is currently no formal close off date, we expect the fund will be very popular.  So we suggest you apply in time for the next meeting. Applications would need to be received by the end of January  to be in time for meeting which is tentatively scheduled for 16 February 2024 (final date tbc).

If I am a business owner offering wellbeing services, can I apply?

Applicants must be either community groups, non-commercial groups or voluntary organisations.

Can I get help completing my application?

Absolutely. Feel free to contact Flee Coker-Grey at the Rural-Port Waikato Community Board. or 021 182 1635.