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Community Wellbeing Grant

Community wellbeing is all about having an inclusive and self-determining community that values Tangata Whenua, has a clean environment to enjoy and a strong economy backing it all up.

We’re looking for organisations that are taking an active role in building our future and improving our community’s wellbeing. We want to build the capability of organisations and community groups in our community so that they can keep doing the things that make Masterton a great place to live.

Some of the organisations that have received grants in the past are:

  • The Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust to help run its boxing academy focused on youth physical wellbeing and self-confidence
  • The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals towards the animal welfare inspectorate services in the Masterton District
  • The Masterton Young Citizens Club to help towards operational costs

So if your organisation is doing great things to improve the wellbeing of our community, we want to hear from you.

The Community Wellbeing Grant for the funding year 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 is now closed. 

If you received funding from last year’s Community Wellbeing Grant please ensure you have completed and returned the Accountability Form (PDF, 133KB) prior to application to this year’s grant.

Helping our Young Citizens

The Masterton Young Citizens Club provides a stable and safe place for youth and their whanau to exercise physically and grow stronger mentally. Their club embodies and embraces all cultures, history and heritage, celebrating diversity with members from China, Singapore, Philippines Belarus, Samoa, Australia and South America.

They were successful in receiving funding from Council’s Community Wellbeing Grant to purchase additional gym equipment to keep up with the demand of membership.

Young Citizens Club

Can you Apply?

To be eligible for a Community Wellbeing Grant, organisations should:

  • Be non-profit organisations or groups
  • Have their project or activity based in the Masterton district or substantially benefit Masterton residents
  • Be delivering a public service that contributes to the wellbeing of Masterton district residents
  • Show that they will contribute to the project/costs
  • Show they can account for the funds
  • Have completed the accountability form for any previous funding.


Applications that won’t be considered include:

  • Applications from individuals
  • Applications from educational institutions
  • Applications to provide/deliver social welfare or health treatment/benefits to an individual
  • Applications from organisations, which have not completed accountability requirements for earlier grants
  • Projects that have already been completed

Other Funding Options

ARTS: Arts groups should apply to the Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme or the Masterton Arts Fund as a first option (unless the purpose is ineligible for funding from those schemes e.g. uniforms, musical instruments, facility development).

EVENTS: Event organisers can apply to the Community Events Fund, where Council allocates sums specifically to support events held in the Masterton district which bring increased economic activity, cultural diversity and community wellbeing.

EDUCATION: Educational institutions or groups should apply to Lands Trust Masterton, (06) 370 0155

SPORTS: Sports-related groups should apply to Nuku Ora

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