Community Funding

This page provides information about community funding provided by Porirua City Council, and funding available through Generosity New Zealand.

Porirua City Council recognises the important contribution by not-for-profit organisations to the well-being of the city and its residents. The Council makes funds available through the Community Outcomes Fund.

Community Outcomes Fund 2015/2016 is now open for applications

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the Community Outcomes Fund is to assist established not-for-profit community organisations that:

  • provide a unique strategic, community development and/or social service or activity to the Porirua community; and
  • provide a free or significantly subsidised service to the people of Porirua; and
  • have limited access to other sources of funding to sustain its service.


Organisations should be legally constituted or have a legally constituted umbrella organisation.

Porirua-based organisations serving a wider geographical area than Porirua, and organisations based outside Porirua, must demonstrate that they provide a priority service to the people of Porirua before they will be considered for a grant.

Priority will be given to requests for funding salaries/wages and overhead costs such as rent, power etc. Other expenses and specific project costs will be considered if they meet the Fund’s criteria. If, however, your organisation is seeking funding to expand the primary function of your organisation or for a project that is not part of its primary function, be aware that it is less likely to be considered a high priority for funding and is less likely to be successful.

The Council will not fund organisations:

  • having sufficient revenue streams and/or resources to fund their own activities or where more appropriate funding is available from elsewhere;
  • receiving the majority of their funding from central government, such as hospitals, schools and pre-schools. Note: This may also include a not-for-profit community organisation that has the majority of its income sourced through government service contracts;
  • providing programmes substantially paid for by the participants such as child care centres;
  • substantially funded by regular membership subscriptions, providing services for just those members. Note: Groups like these, however, may be eligible for a grant for projects delivered to the people of Porirua outside their membership, if they also meet the Fund's criteria and priorities as set out above;
  • requiring considerable capital investment and/or establishment and setting up costs;
  • intending to re-distribute funds to other recipients;
  • having a primary focus of:
    • providing recreational or sporting activities
    • promoting religious, ethical, commercial or political views.

The Council will also not fund:

  • Accommodation for visitors
  • Capital investment or trust funds
  • Conference fees
  • Council fees for consents and licences
  • Social functions
  • Equipment
  • Food or catering costs
  • Gambling
  • Individuals
  • Legal fees
  • Medical expenses, operations or treatments, either here or overseas
  • Prizes/prize money
  • Purchasing or altering land, or building maintenance
  • Repaying or refinancing debt
  • Retrospective costs
  • Sporting and recreation programmes
  • Travel costs
  • Uniforms
  • Vehicles or overseas travel

How Much Will the Council Fund?

There is no limit to grant amounts. Grants are only restricted by the total funding pool available for the year. In 2015/2016, the Fund has a contestable pool of $80,000. Note: In past years the average grant amount was between $5,000 and $10,000.

The Community Grants Sub-committee has delegated authority to disburse funds to a maximum of $30,000 per grant. Any grant over this amount has to be referred to the Council for a final decision.
How Does the Council Fund?

Grants are allocated in one funding round per year, and transferred directly to an organisation’s nominated bank account.

The Fund is advertised no less than four weeks prior to the closing date for applications.

givME Database and givUS Database

Porirua City Council subscribes to Generosity new Zealand for the givUS and givME databases.

givUS logo. Click to go to Generosity NZ website. givUS (formerly FundView) lists more than 1,200 resource schemes for communities, volunteer organisations and clubs
givME logo. Click to go to Generosity NZ website. givME (formerly BreakOut) offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and grants for individuals.


The information is updated regularly, is free and available online at the following locations: Porirua Central Library, phone (04) 237 1533; Citizens Advice Bureau, Phone (04) 237-8846; Whitford Brown Trust, phone (04) 236-8944.

Membership to the Porirua Library provides access to both funding databases from home. Please contact the Library on (04) 237 1533 if you are unsure how to access them.

Porirua Community Outcomes Fund 2014/2015 - grant recipients

For 2014/2015 the Fund had a total pool of $183,320. Four organisations are in the second year of a three year contract and received grants in total of $101,000* while the rest of the Fund was allocated through a contestable process. The two main funding priorities for Council in deciding to award a Community Outcomes Fund grant to a not-for-profit group was that it provided a unique and/or essential service and did not have easy access to other funding sources for their service or programme.

The Community Outcomes Fund 2014/2015 grant allocations were made by the Council on 14 August 2014.


Grant Amount $

Agape Budgeting Services


Citizens Advice Bureau Porirua*


Cook Islands Community Group - Te Epetoma o te Reo Kuki Airani


Ignite Sport


Kiwi Community Assistance


Parent to Parent Wellington Region


Porirua Community Guardians*


Porirua Community Services Centre*


Porirua Healthy Safer City Trust


Porirua Language Project


Porirua Living Without Violence Inc


Te Kapua Anga Reo Playcentre


Te Whare Tiaki Wahine Refuge


Safer Porirua*


Victim Support Porirua


Volunteer Porirua


Wellington Riding for the Disabled


Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP Foundation - Porirua


Wesley Community Action - Porirua


Whare Manaaki


Youth Development Trust Wellington




* Groups marked with an asterisk are on 3-year contracts

Porirua Emergency Services Fund 2014/2015 - grant recipients

The Council’s base annual funding commitment to emergency services is $21,000. This support is to help ensure that the people of Porirua have emergency services available should the need arise. It is not a contestable fund and the recipient organisations are Wellington Life Flight Trust, Wellington Free Ambulance and Mana Volunteer Coastguard. In 2014, the Council decided to increase the grant allocation to the Wellington Free Ambulance for 2014/2015 by $23,000. The total funding pool for 2014/2015 was $45,056 and the following grants were made:

Mana Volunteer Coastguard


Wellington Free Ambulance


Wellington Life Flight