Funding, awards, grants

The Council is involved – directly or indirectly – with many types of community funding. This page has information about funding, awards and scholarships.



Civic Theatre Artists’ Court Performing Arts Awards

These triennial 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. Nominations closed on 3 June 2016.



The O’Byrne/Jones Memorial Scholarship is for Southland students of piano to pursue advanced studies. The  Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship is for Southland students of music wishing to pursue advanced studies (preference for a string player).

James Hargest College student Finn Bodkin, who received the 2016 Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship, plans to study for a Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) on the oboe. He was involved in the 2016 Invercargill Musical Theatre Company’s production of Mary Poppins.

William Swan, who received the 2016 O’Byrne/Jones Memorial Scholarship, has represented Southland at the Performing Arts Competition Association New Zealand in 2015 on the clarinet and in 2016 on the piano.

The next round of funding will open in September 2017.

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. It is administered by the Invercargill City Council on behalf of the former Southland Community Arts Council.

Alex Lindsay Memorial Scholarship: The scholarship is open to students  attending a music course at a tertiary level who play the violin or another string instrument or to players of other orchestral instruments who want to pursue advanced studies. Applicants must either currently live in Southland or have resided in Southland for a substantial period of time.



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 Exective.



Active Communities Funding Scheme

Funding in the form of a subsidy 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  March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15. 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 by an elected representative of clubs or organisations. The information is used to assist the Invercargill City Council, and to help the Assessment Committee plan for future funding.



Creative Communities Invercargill Funding Scheme

The Creative Communities scheme is for arts and cultural projects and is administered by the Council on behalf of Creative New Zealand.

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.”

Invercargill City Council funding

Applications for community funding are being accepted by the Invercargill City Council for organisations that do the following:

  • Address community needs.
  • Align with Council’s vision.
  • Are collaborative and involve community engagement.
  • Are not solely reliant on Council funding.

To ensure that the funding fits within Local Government Act requirements, applications for Council funding must fit the following criteria:

  • Take place in the Invercargill City District.
  • Be for a specific project or service and the application must clearly identify a benefit to the community.
  • Demonstrate the contribution the project will make to the Council’s vision and/or the Annual and Long Term Plan for the City.
  • Assistance must be for organisations. Applications from individuals will not be considered.
  • Projects seeking funding must not be the responsibility of Central Government or other agencies

Click the highlighted text for more details and an application form.
NOTE: Applications close each year on February 28.