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Project Maitai/Mahitahi Community Projects – Match Funding Grant Information 2014-2015


Project Maitai/Mahitahi Community Projects – Match Funding Grant Information 2014-2015

Funding is available for community-driven activities and projects that contribute to the outcomes of Project Maitai/Mahitahi to improve the health of the river and its tributaries (including the Brook and York streams and Saltwater Creek) and the surrounding environment.

In 2014/2015, match funding of $40,000 is available. Grants of $300 – $5,000 can be requested.  Applications can be received throughout the year but all funding must be spent by 30 June 2015.

Match funding requires applicants to demonstrate how they intend to contribute to their project. This contribution needs to match the dollar value of the funds requested from Council. This could include volunteer hours, donations of goods or professional services, and other in-kind support.


Who can apply for funding?

Not-for-profit groups, including schools, Māori/iwi, community groups, partnerships and individuals can apply for funding. However, grants will not be awarded to government agencies, businesses and profit-making organisations, or applicants that have already received Nelson City Council funding for the same project.


What can this fund be used for?

The fund is for new, community-driven activities and projects that are in line with the Project Maitai/Mahitahi goal: to improve the health of the Maitai/Mahitahi and its tributaries so that the community can safely

  • swim in the Maitai/Mahitahi,
  • take kai from the Maitai/Mahitahi,
  • feel proud of the Maitai/Mahitahi  and value it as a taonga (treasure) for our community

It can be used in many ways including the purchase of tools, resources, products and services that support successful delivery of the activity or project. Applicants are encouraged to think creatively.

This fund cannot be used to cover ongoing operational costs such as wages and overheads; the purchase or maintenance of land or buildings; profit making initiatives; travel outside of the Nelson area; funding for works that have already been carries out or expenses already incurred; fundraising initiatives; activities to meet pre-existing legal obligations; or initiatives that have not been through the Project Maitai/Mahitahi match funding process.


How to Apply

  • Contact the Project Maitai/Mahitahi Community Fund team at Nelson City Council by email (Maitai.projects@ncc.govt.nz ) outlining your idea to check if it fits the fund criteria, including a rough estimate of cost


  • If your idea fits the criteria, an application form will be emailed to you. Further information relating to calculating match funding will be included.



Decisions are made by a project team and funding is allocated on a case by case basis. All applicants will be informed of the final decision within one month of receipt of the application.

Successful Applicants

Before starting the project, all successful applicants will need to sign a funding agreement and complete a project safety plan that complies with relevant health and safety legislation.

At the end of the project, all successful applicants will need to complete a reporting form to show how their initiative has made a positive difference to the health of the river or surrounding environment.  Any receipts and invoices for goods or services purchased will need to be included with the form.

If you have any questions about this fund please email them to Maitai.projects@ncc.govt.nz

You can download an application form here:

Maitai Community Projects Match Funding Grant – Application form – 20Aug2014

Maitai Community Projects Fund Matching Grant – Project Health and Safety Plan – 20Aug2014