Community Funding

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

Community Outcomes Fund 2014/2015 is not yet open for applications. A timetable and updated forms will be available in April 2014.

The purpose of the Community Outcomes Fund is to assist established not-for-profit community organisations whose activities are in line with the Council's priorities for the city as identified in the Long Term Plan 2012/2022.

Note: The Community Outcomes and Council priorities may change over time depending on strategic approach and agreed priorities.

See the link below for the Application Form.

Who Do We Fund?

We will give funding priority to:

  • Not-for-Profit local organisations that provide a unique strategic, community development and/or social service/activity to the Porirua community (organisations based outside the area will be considered if they provide evidence that a considerable part of their work is within Porirua serving Porirua people); and
  • Organisations providing free or considerably subsidised services to the people of Porirua; and
  • Organisations with limited alternative sources of funding for its primary function.

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

Porirua-based organisations, which serve a wider district than Porirua need to demonstrate that their service or facility is also widely used within the Porirua community.

Who Don't We Fund?

We don't provide funding to:

  • Organisations that receive significant funding from central government, such as hospitals, schools and services provided by not-for-profit community organisations receiving substantial government funding.
  • Organisations needing considerable capital investment.
  • Organisations providing programmes that are substantially subsidised by the participants.
  • Individuals.
  • Organisations substantially funded by regular membership subscriptions, providing services for just those members. However, groups like this may be eligible for a grant for projects that will provide for the wider community rather than its own membership.
  • Organisations that intend to redistribute funds to recipients at their own discretion.

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 provide funding for:

  • 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 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 has a total contestable pool of $180,000. 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. Calls for applications will be advertised no less than four weeks prior to the closing date for applications.

An Information and Application Form for 2014/2015 will be available in April 2014. 


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

The Council has decided to discontinue the Community Development Fund in its current format. It will be replaced by the Porirua Neighbourhood Matching Fund, which is aimed at local neighbourhoods and streets. The criteria, application and allocation processes for this new fund are still been worked out but once finalised will be announced in the Kapi Mana News.

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 the library databases.