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


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


Funding allocations for 2021–2022

Funding is allocated across six rounds spread throughout the year.

Summary of Community Wellbeing Fund applications 2021-2022



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 2020/2021 overview

Three funding rounds took place in the 2020/2021 year. During this period:

  • 52 applications were received
  • 35 were allocated funding
  • 2 were deferred

Those applications which did not receive funding were declined for a number of reasons, primarily due to the requested investment and outcomes not being sufficiently aligned to the Council’s priorities and vision.

Applications were more likely to be highly scored on liveability and for taking place within the city centre.  Fewer applications were seen which scored highly on promoting economic 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 33% 55%
Economic wellbeing 25 19% 80%
Liveability (social and cultural wellbeing) 35 63% 100%
Environmental wellbeing 21 34% 64%