Community Grants and Awards

The Masterton District Council recognises that local communities, through their diverse range of activities, make a major contribution to the social, environmental, cultural and economic well-being of the Masterton District.

In order to help these communities to make this contribution, the Masterton District Council has a variety of funding schemes available to community groups, voluntary organisations, and in some cases individuals. The purpose of these schemes is to support groups and individuals to 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

The grants are designed to assist people obtain practical training for entry into the agricultural industry (e.g. through a cadet scheme, or certificate; diploma level of study) or alternatively, for those commencing their first farm employment and requiring dogs, or specialist equipment such as a saddle. Criteria for the grants:

• Must be a resident within the Wairarapa region or strong links with the Wairarapa

• A focus on pastoral farming with applicants having a clearly considered and planned career path

• A strong desire to extend knowledge and interest in agriculture Applications close on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 4.00 pm.

Any queries about the Peter Laing Memorial Trust Grants can be directed to [email protected]. Applications for this grant are currently closed. 

Application for Peter Laing Memorial Trust Grant (DOC, 476KB)

Marae Development Fund

Each year Masterton District Council allocates $15,000 to the Marae Development Fund to support Marae within its District to protect, maintain, restore and/or develop Marae structures. The 2018-19 funding round closed on Friday, 10 August 2018.

Marae Development Fund criteria (PDF, 354KB)

Marae Development Fund – Application Form (PDF, 489KB)

Community Wellbeing Grant

Masterton District Council adopted a Wellbeing Strategy He Hiringa Tangata, He Hiringa Whenua last year, outlining our long-term direction for the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of our community.

To align with the strategy, new “Community Wellbeing Grants” are being introduced this year (2019) to provide support to community groups and organisation for projects that contribute to the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of our community.

This new Community Wellbeing Grant replaces our previous Community Development Grant. This new grant also provides an avenue for organisations that would have usually sought funding through annual or long-term plan processes to apply for funding.

This will enable council to consider ALL applications for funding for wellbeing projects at the same time. Applicants will need to indicate how their application aligns with our vision and priorities set out in He Hiringa Tangata, He Hiringa Whenua.

Applications for the 2019 year are now open and you can download the Community Wellbeing Grant Application Form here. 

Applications close Monday, 6 May 2019 at 4.30 pm.

Please refer the Community Wellbeing Grant information, eligibility and funding criteria here. 

An organisation that has received a Community Development grant from Council in the past must return their completed Accountability Form before a new application can be considered.

The Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998, 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. In 2017 the Montfort Trimble Foundation joined as a funding partner, and as a result have joint naming rights. The scholarship is worth up to $2,000 and will be awarded annually either as one scholarship or divided into several. It will be awarded to Wairarapa students attending university to obtain degree qualifications, with particular emphasis on sustainable land management, indigenous forest management and soil conservation. Students who have completed part or all of their secondary education in the Wairarapa, or who live in the Wairarapa at the time of applying for the scholarship are eligible. Applications for this grant are currently closed.

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – General Information (DOC, 30KB)

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – Selection Criteria (DOC, 29KB)

Murray King Montfort Trimble Foundation – Application Form (DOC, 26KB)

Community Events Fund

Applications for the 2018/19 Community Events Fund are now closed. This grant will reopen in June 2019.

Community Events Fund Criteria (DOC, 60KB)

Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme

The Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme supports and encourages local communities to create and present diverse opportunities for accessing and participating in arts activities. Grants are allocated to encourage broad community involvement, promote and celebrate cultural diversity and to encourage young people to participate in the arts.

Groups or individuals may apply. Applications can include exhibitions, workshops, productions, concerts, festivals, personnel costs associated with projects, artist development, arts promotion and community participation. The fund does not cover buying capital items or equipment, competitions and prizes, food, travel, fundraising projects, ongoing administration or royalties.

Round 4 is now open and applications for funding are invited. Download the Application Guide here (DOC, 853KB) here or pick up a copy from our Council Office at 161 Queen Street.

Applications close at 4.30pm on Friday, 17 May 2019.

Please read the Application Guide (PDF, 389KB) for further information on the fund, to see if your project is eligible and how to complete the application form. 

The assessment committee members are happy to provide assistance with the completion of your application. Members and their email contacts are:

Penelope Bunny: [email protected]

Anne Guyan: [email protected]

Corrinne Oliver: [email protected]

AJ Hunter: [email protected]

Lynn Bushell: [email protected]

Trisha Findlay: [email protected] 

Gwenda Saunders: [email protected] 

Dianne Manson: [email protected]

Project Completion Report Form (DOC, 75KB) to be completed and returned within two months after the project is completed.

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

Masterton Arts Fund

The fund has been established to make a difference to the quality, scope or participation in the arts sector and/or the arts economy. The intention of the fund is to be inclusive and may encompass, but is not limited to, visual arts, literature, pottery/ceramics, drama, music, dance, the making of films and crafts. Preservation, researching and recording of significant historic artifacts, stories and events will be considered. Attendance at workshops for leaders or local groups will be considered if there is a demonstrated benefit to Masterton. Projects that have activities within the Wairarapa but are outside Masterton will be considered where there is a demonstrated evidence of participation of Masterton residents. 

This fund has closed for the 2018/2019 year and will reopen in July 2019.

The Application Guide is available (DOC, 39KB) to assist you with information on this Fund.

Project Completion Report form (DOC, 146KB) for completed projects, to be completed and returned within two months after the project is completed.

Community Awards


Civic and Youth Awards

Every year we celebrate people doing great things in the Masterton community by recognising them in our Civic and Youth Awards. Do you know someone who goes above and beyond to do great things for our district? Head over to our Civic and Youth Awards page for all the details on how to nominate them.

The Youth Awards acknowledge outstanding contributions by young people aged 12 – 24 residing within the Masterton District and the Civic Awards are for anyone outside that age bracket who has made an outstanding contribution to the district.

If you know if someone who goes above and beyond for our community nominate them today.