The Council is involved – directly or indirectly – with many types of community funding. This page has information about funding, awards and scholarships.
Funding Allocation Committees
The Council administers two funds on behalf of other organisations. The committees which consider these applications are required to have community representatives involved in the assessment and decision making process.
Appointments to these assessment committees are usually for a three year term
which coincides with each triennial local government election. We are seeking applications from Invercargill residents who have a broad interest or background in either the arts and cultural sector or the physical activity sector. The positions are voluntary. No costs involved with being a member are able to be reimbursed.
The Council allocates community funding through the Community Grants & the neighbourhood Funds. “We are aware that we are not always the best-placed to deliver projects within the community,” Community Development Manager Mary Napper said. “Through financial assistance we can assist the wider community to be a catalyst for positive change.”
Community Grants Fund
NOTE: The Community Grants funding closes on 31 July and 31 March each year. Related links:
The Neighbourhood Fund will have four funding rounds each year; you are welcome to apply at any time. Related links:
Applications can be:
Emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invercargill City Council
Community Funding – Attention Mary Napper
Private Bag 90104
Delivered to: Helpdesk, Invercargill City Council, 101 Esk Street, Invercargill or to
Bluff Service Centre, 98 Gore Street, Bluff
Active Communities Funding Scheme
Funding in the form of a grant or loan is available for sport, fitness and active leisure activities. Priority is given to activities that train volunteers and increase participation in activities.
Applications for projects seeking less than $1000 close at noon on the 15th of each month; applications for projects requesting $1000 or more close at noon on 31 March and 27 September, June 12 and December 13. This scheme is administered by the Council on behalf of the Invercargill Community Sport and Recreation Charitable Trust.
Active Communities Evaluation and Accountability Report
This form is to be completed following the completion of each project which receives an Active Communities Grant. The information is used to assist the Invercargill City Council, and to help the Assessment Committee plan for future funding.
The Creative Communities scheme is for arts and cultural projects and is administered by the Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand.
Closing dates for the 2019/2020 financial year are: September 27 2019, December 13 2019, March 31 2020 and June 15 2020.
Council Community Development Manager Mary Napper says: “If you are unsure about whether your project is suitable to apply for either funding programme then please phone me – (03) 211 1669 – and I can help.”
The Council recognises the positive contribution that events make to the city. As part of its vision to support vibrant and strong communities and contribute to a thriving economy the Council has funding available to support events that have a citywide focus. Visit the Events Funding page for details and forms.
Civic Theatre Artists’ Court Performing Arts Awards
These awards honour Invercargill performers who have achieved national and international recognition in performing arts. The awards are restricted to Invercargill performing artists in one or more of these categories: dance, drama, film, music, radio, singing and television.
The successful recipients have their names engraved on plaques placed in the Civic Theatre Artists’ Court at the east entrance courtyard of the Civic.
For more information phone Community Development: (03) 211 1669 .
Civic Honours awards
Any person who has provided meritorious voluntary service in the Invercargill City District in one or more the recreation, youth activities, social welfare, education, cultural services, religious affairs or community affairs is eligible if nominated by any two Invercargill citizens. Recipients of the triennial awards are honoured at a joint ceremony in which they are presented with a certificate and a silver civic award pin. The 2016 Awards went to:
- Marion Miller: New Zealand Order of Merit recipient, Suffrage Medal for Services to Women recipient, Commemorative Medal for Service recipient, Justice of the Peace, Environment Southland Councillor, family and relationship mediator.
- Karen Purdue: Rotary Board Member.
- John Husband: Artist, radio announcer, musician, author and former board member of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
- Reginald McLeod: Salvation Army Store and Hospice worker.
For more information email Michelle Chapman, Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive.
The ICC administers a music scholarship on behalf of the former Southland Community Arts Council. The next round of funding will open in August 2020.
O’Byrne/Jones Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship of $1,000 is available to students of the piano who want to pursue advanced studies. Southland students or students who have resided in Southland for a substantial period of time and who have attained Grade VIII qualifications are eligible to apply. Applications close on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship: The Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship is no longer available, The fund has been allocated.
Scholarships allocated in 2019
O’Byrne/Jones Memorial Scholarship
Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship
Bluff Community Board Bursary
Applications are invited from Bluff residents for the Bluff Community Board Bursary. The Bursary is $2000 per annum for three years for:
- Candidates enrolled for a full-time course of study at a university or other agreed establishment within New Zealand.
- Candidates who are making applications for admission to a university or other agreed establishment within
New Zealand for a full-time course of study in the coming year.
Further information and application forms can be obtained from the Bluff Service Centre Manager with whom applications close on 17 January 2020.