Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Partnership Fund



  • 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


Download and complete the application form [PDF, 500 KB].

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