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Community Grants

The local community makes a major contribution to the wellbeing of our District. Council has different funding schemes available to community groups, voluntary organisations, and in some cases individuals, to help them meet local needs and increase participation in local activities.

There are more funding options available through the Sport Wellington website.

Peter Laing Memorial Trust Grants

You can apply for these grants to pay for:

1. Practical training to help you enter the agricultural industry (e.g. through a cadet scheme, or certificate; diploma level of study).
2. Buying dogs, or specialist equipment such as a saddle if you’re starting your first job in agriculture.

You need to meet these criteria:

  • Must be a resident in the Wairarapa or have strong links with the Wairarapa
  • Have a focus on pastoral farming with a planned career path
  • A strong desire to expand knowledge and interest in agriculture

Any questions about the grants can be sent to [email protected].

Applications for this grant are currently open.

Application for Peter Laing Memorial Trust Grant (DOC, 477KB)

Marae Development Fund

Every year Council allocates $15,000 to the Marae Development Fund to support Marae with protecting, maintaining, restoring and/or developing Marae structures. The 2020-21 funding round is now closed.

Marae Development Fund criteria (PDF, 271KB)

Marae Development Fund Application Form (PDF, 326KB)

The Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial to the late Murray King, who was a pioneer in the development of soil conservation and sustainable land management programmes in the Wairarapa. The scholarship is worth up to $2,500 and is awarded annually.

It’s given to Wairarapa secondary students going to university to study conservation, sustainable land management, integrated catchment, natural ecosystem management and other related fields.

You can apply if you have done some or all of your secondary study in the Wairarapa or if you live in the Wairarapa.

Applications close on 31 March each year.

More information and application forms are available from Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation, c/- Masterton District Council, P O Box 444, Masterton 5840, or can be downloaded below.

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – General Information (DOC, 35KB)

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – Selection Criteria (DOC, 33KB)

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – Application Form (DOC, 31KB)

Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme

The Creative Communities Scheme encourages community involvement, celebrates cultural diversity, and encourages young people to participate in arts activities. Applications can be made for things like exhibitions, workshops, personnel costs associated with short-term projects, artist development, arts promotion and community participation.

Applications for Round 4 are now open. Download an Application Form (DOC, 856KB) to apply.

Applications close at 4:40pm on Friday, 27 May 2022 for projects commencing from 10 June 2022.

Get further information on Creative Communities NZ or download the brochure (PDF, 1MB).

The assessment committee is happy to help you with your application or answer any questions. Their contact details are below or you can get in touch with the Grants Administrator by emailing: [email protected]

AJ Hunter: [email protected]
Trisha Findlay: [email protected] 
Gwenda Saunders: [email protected]
Dianne Manson: [email protected]
Rita Ann Penhale: [email protected]

Successful applicants and their projects in the 2020/21 funding year were:

Round 1 – Katja Starke (Lockdown Laundry), Wairarapa College (All Shook Up), Yarns in Barns (Reading Festival)
Round 2 – ConArt Gallery (Artist Studio Hire), Every Body is a Treasure (Click Happy Live), Greytown Music Group (2021 Concert Series), Jonas Koukl (DIY Musical Instruments), Masterton Art Club (Centennial Exhibition) and Jane Ross (Film Talks and Festival)
Round 3 – Aratoi Regional Trust (Pukana Maori Performances), The CanInspire Charitable Trust (CanBead Workshops), Divine River NZ Trust (Reu-usable Period Pad Workshop), Masterton Theatre Company (Princess and the Pea) and Wairarapa Shakespeare (Shakespeare Festival)
Round 4 – Cathrine Lloyd and Keren Chiaroni (Surrealist Stitch Workshop), Masterton Theatre Company (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Lisa O’Connor (Adult Ballet Classes) and Rotary Club of Carterton (Talent Wairarapa First Semi Final)

Masterton Arts Fund

This funding is for making a difference to the quality, scope or participation in the arts sector and/or the arts economy. The fund covers, visual arts, literature, pottery/ceramics, drama, music, dance, film making and crafts projects. It is also available for projects on preservation, researching and recording of significant historic artifacts, history, stories and events. Attending workshops for leaders or local groups will be considered if there is a benefit to the Masterton district as well as projects that have activities within the Wairarapa but are outside Masterton provided there is evidence that Masterton residents will participate.

Please read the information sheet (DOC, 90KB) for full details of the fund.

Applications for the 2021/22 funding year are now closed and will reopen in July 2022.

Project Completion Form (DOC, 152KB) – Please complete and return this form for any funding received within two months of the project finishing.

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