Community Funding

This page provides information about community funding provided by Porirua City Council, and other funding information.

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 two different funding schemes to community organisations to benefit the wider community: the Community Outcomes Fund and the Emergency Services Fund.

The Community Outcomes Fund grant allocations for 2014/2015 were made by the Council on 14 August 2014 and all applicants have been notified of its decision. Below is the list of recipient groups and their grants.

Porirua Community Outcomes Fund 2014/2015

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.


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

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




Community Outcomes Fund 2015/2016

Opening Date for applications on 6 April 2015.
Closing Date for applications: 22 May 2015
Council Allocation Decisions by 14 August 2015

The application form will be available from 30 March 2015. Below is an outline of the general criteria.

Who Do We Fund?

We will give funding priority to a not-for-profit local organisation that

  • provides a unique strategic, community development and/or social service or activity to the Porirua community and
  • provides a free or significantly subsidised service to the people of Porirua; and
  • has limited sources of funding to sustain that service.

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

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

Who Don't We Fund?

We don't fund::

  • Organisations that receive significant funding from central government, such as hospitals and schools. NB: This may also include not-for-profit community organisations that receive the majority of their income through government service contracts.
  • Organisations needing considerable capital investment.
  • Organisations providing programmes that are substantially paid for by the participants.
  • Individuals.
  • Organisations funded by regular membership subscriptions providing services for just those members. Groups like this however, may be eligible for a grant for projects that will be delivered to the people of Porirua outside of their membership, if they also meets the Fund's criteria and priorities as set out above.
  • Organisations that intend to redistribute funds to other recipients.

What Will We Fund?

Priority will be given to 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.

What Won’t We Fund?

We won’t fund:

  • Uniforms
  • Equipment
  • Food or catering costs
  • Accommodation for visitors
  • Council fees for consents and licences
  • Legal fees
  • Services or projects with a primary focus on recreational or sporting activities
  • Purchasing or altering land, or building maintenance
  • Repaying or refinancing debt
  • Vehicles or overseas travel
  • Medical expenses, operations or treatments, either here or overseas
  • Capital investment or trust funds
  • Retrospective costs

How Much Will We Fund?

  • There is no limit on specific grant amounts; it is only restricted by the total funding pool available for the year. This is determined by Council and in 2014/2015 the Fund had a contestable pool of $83,000. 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 the funds up to $30,000 per grant. Any grant over this amount has to be referred to Council for a final decision.

How Do We Fund?

  • Grants will be allocated in one funding round per year.
  • The Fund will be advertised no less than four weeks prior to the closing date for applications.


The Community Development Fund has been discontinued and is no longer available for applications.

Fundview Database and Breakout Database

Porirua City Council subscribes to the Funding Information Service for the 'Fundview' and 'Breakout' computer databases.

Fundview is a national database that identifies funding sources such as government, philanthropic, local government and service sector funding for community organisations.

Breakout is a national database that identifies scholarships, awards 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.