Community Grants

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

Application for Peter Laing Memorial Trust Grant (PDF, 60KB)


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 next funding round is scheduled for August 2017.

Marae Development funding criteria (PDF, 349KB)


Community Development Grant

The Community Development Grant will re-open on the 1st July 2017.

Community Development Grant Criteria (PDF, 32KB)

Community outcomes information (PDF, 25KB)

Organisation Receipt Form (PDF, 15KB) to be returned after expenditure of grant received.


The Murray King Memorial 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.
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 close on the 31 December each year.

Further information and application forms are available from the council.

Murray King Memorial Scholarship Application Form (DOC, 54KB)

Murray King Memorial Scholarship Information (PDF, 19KB)


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 capital items, competitions and prizes, food, travel, fundraising projects, ongoing administration or royalties.

Please read the Application Guide 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 your application or answer any queries.
Members and their email contacts are:
Belinda Carey (Chair): [email protected]
Penelope Bunny: [email protected]
Anne Guyan: [email protected]
Corrinne Oliver: [email protected]
AJ Hunter: [email protected]
Lynn Bushell: [email protected]
Trisha Findlay: [email protected]
Richard Silcock: [email protected]

Project Completion Report Form (to be completed and returned within two months after the project is completed)
Creative Communities Scheme Project Completion Report Form (DOC, 75KB) or (PDF, 39KB)

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.

The minimum grant is $2,000 and the total fund for the year is $12,000.

Project Completion Report Form (to be completed and returned within two months after the project is completed)

Masterton Arts Fund Application (DOC, 150KB) or (PDF, 102KB)


Other Funding

Ma Te Reo Fund

Sport Wellington