Community Wellbeing Fund

The Community Wellbeing Fund was initially established in November, 2020.

As part of its response to Covid-19, Council has reviewed its community funding with the aim of making it easier to apply and to introduce a more strategic approach to supporting the community. 

The Community Wellbeing Fund replaced the previous Council funds, the Community Grants Fund, the Neighbourhood Fund, the Iconic Events and the Development Events Fund. This fund will distribute up to $565,000 each year across six funding rounds.

What is Wellbeing from a Council perspective?
Council is working to support the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of our community as we work towards our vision to create “Our City with Heart – He Ngākau Aroha”. Through the Community Wellbeing Fund, Council supports activities and events that contribute to these four wellbeings. Applications are scored on their merits within each wellbeing, and this information, along with the other fund criteria, is used in funding decisions.


Recently Funded Projects

Need funding?

Do you have an idea for an activity that supports wellbeing in Invercargill?

Applications are invited from groups and organisations seeking funds for a project or event which aligns with Council’s vision.


  • 2023/2024 Funding year:

    Round 1 closes 7 July 2023

    Round 2 closes 8 September 2023

    Round 3 closes 10 November 2023

    Round 4 closes 12 January 2024

    Round 5 closes 1 March 2024

    Round 6 closes 10 May 2024

  • 2024/2025 Funding year:

    Round 1 closes 12 July 2024

    Round 2 closes 6 September 2024

    Round 3 closes 8 November 2024

Committee assessment dates

Community Wellbeing Fund Subcommittee sitting dates can be found on the Council Meeting Schedule available to view here: Meeting Agendas | Invercargill City)


Applying to the Community Wellbeing Fund

📝 Apply now!

You can also print and complete an application form.


Key documents

For further information about this fund or for any queries you may have regarding applications, please contact Gemma Crawford, Engagement and Partnerships Officer +64 021 678 181 or 03 2111 798



Did you receive funding for an activity that was held within the last 2 months? We require accountability to show how the money received has been spent and what the outcomes of the activity were. Please click here to fill in the accountability online or download and print our pdf.


Funding 2022/2023 overview

Six funding rounds took place in the 2022/2023 year. During this period:

  • 60 applications were recieved
  • 41 were allocated funding
  • 2 were deferred
  • 5 were withdrawn

The 13 applications which did not receive funding were declined for various reasons, primarily due to the requested investment and outcomes not being sufficiently aligned to the Council’s priorities and vision. No projects were cancelled.

Applications were more likely to be highly scored on liveability (social and cultural wellbeing) and for economic wellbeing to the city.  Fewer applications were seen which scored highly on enhancing city centre vibrancy and environmental wellbeing.

Refer to the document below for a full list of the applications and their funding outcomes:







  Number of projects % of possible points % funding allocated towards a wellbeing
City centre 21 18% 55%
Economic wellbeing 25 22% 84%
Liveability (social and cultural wellbeing) 41 62% 100%
Environmental wellbeing 15 18% 33%