Funding criteria for Stewart Island/Rakiura


  • funding is available for not-for-profit community groups. They may be a legal entity or an informal group. Regardless of legal status, the group must have their own bank account 
  • funding is not available for individuals
  • applicants may apply for up to 50% of total project costs
  • applications should be aligned with the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board’s outcomes, and may include social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes
  • funding for operational costs will not be considered
  • applications involving capital works will be required to provide two quotes. If this is not possible then an acceptable explanation will be required
  • applicants are encouraged to speak to their application but this is not mandatory.


Stewart Island Rakiura is a connected community that manages growth and has a sustainable future.

Community outcomes

  • a community that has fit for purpose, sustainable infrastructure 
  • a cohesive and connected community, recognising that many of our ratepayers don’t reside on the Island full-time 
  • Kaitiakitanga - guardianship and protection of Stewart Island’s pristine natural environment 
  • a community that plans for it’s future – recognising it’s unique challenges and
  • opportunities 
  • a community that has a strong voice and that holds agencies and organisations accountable for doing what they say they will.

Any queries to:

Kathryn Cowie
Community Liaison Officer


You can submit the form by post to Southland District Council, PO Box 903, Invercargill 9840 or drop it into your nearest SDC office or email it to

Closing date: 31 October each year

2 February 2023

Community Partnership Fund application form