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.

Round 4 of the 2020/21 funding year is now open. Applications will close at 4:30pm on Friday, 30 April 2021.

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]

Anne Guyan: [email protected]
Corrinne Oliver: [email protected]
AJ Hunter: [email protected]
Trisha Findlay: [email protected] 
Gwenda Saunders: [email protected]
Dianne Manson: [email protected]
Rita Ann Penhale: [email protected]
Yvette Grace: [email protected]

Successful applicants in the 2019/20 funding year were:

Round 1 – Douglas Park School, Jane Ross, King Street Artworks, Aratoi, ConArt, Little Dog Barking Theatre Company, Samuel Te Tau and Wanderlust Productions
Round 2 – Aratoi Regional Trust, Greytown Music Group and Little Green Man
Round 3 – Masterton Theatre Company, Rotary Club of Carterton, Madeleine Slavick and Wairarapa Shakespeare
Round 4 – Kate Symmans, King Street Artworks, Little Dog Barking, Madeleine Slavick and The StarJam Charitable Trust

Masterton Arts Fund

This fund was created to make a difference to the quality, scope or participation in the arts sector and/or the arts economy. The fund is inclusive and can cover, but isn’t limited to, visual arts, literature, pottery/ceramics, drama, music, dance, film making and crafts. Preservation, researching and recording of significant historic artifacts, stories and events will also be considered. Attending workshops for leaders or local groups will be considered if there is a benefit to Masterton. Projects that have activities within the Wairarapa but are outside Masterton will be considered where there is evidence that Masterton residents will participate.

Applications for the 2020/21 funding year are now closed. This fund will reopen in mid-July 2021.

Application Guide (DOC, 39KB)
Project Completion Form (DOC, 152KB) – must be completed within two months of the project finishing.

COVID-19 Sports Grant

The impact of COVID-19 has been widespread among communities and the Masterton District Council is keen to ensure sporting groups and organisations continue to offer great opportunities for Masterton residents to enjoy sports. We’re seeking applications from community sporting groups with a focus on non-profit sporting groups with projects or activities based in Masterton, or that contribute to the wellbeing of Masterton district residents.

Key areas of focus for awarding applications include organisations that have adapted following COVID-19 and/or increased collaboration across the sector.

Applications that will not be considered include:

  • applications from individuals
  • applications from educational institutions
  • applications to provide/deliver social welfare, health treatment/benefits to individuals
  • applications from organisations that have not completed accountability requirements for earlier grants
  • projects that have already been completed

Applications close 12 February 2021.


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