Community Wellbeing Grants

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 in our community so that they can keep doing the things that make Masterton a great place to live. Some of the groups that have been given grants in the past are:

  • Riversdale Beach Surf LifeSaving Club to contribute towards the regional lifeguard service
  • The Wairarapa Youth Charitable Trust to help run its boxing academy focused on youth physical wellbeing and self-confidence
  • The Wairarapa Community Centre Trust to help fund its community kitchen

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

There are two funding rounds a year for the Community Wellbeing Grants; July and January. Round 1 closed on 31 July 2020 and Round 2 is now open. Applications close at 4:30pm on Friday, 12 February 2021.

If you received a grant at Round 1 you need to complete an Accountability Form (DOC, 214KB)

A Surf Lifestyle

Riversdale Surf Livesaving Club patrols the active surf beach 45 minutes from Masterton. They had over 40 patrolling members last season as well as an active nipper programme. Over Summer they regularly run patrols along the 3 km length of the beach, keeping beach goers safe in the water. They received grant money to contribute towards to the cost of running a busy club at one of our most popular beaches.

Can you Apply?

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

  • Be non-profit community 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, health treatment/benefits to individuals
  • 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, administration).

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 Sport Wellington Wairarapa

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