Funding & grants

Southland District Council provides funding and grants as listed below. For more information or to apply for any of these scholarships contact Shanin Brider: shanin.brider@southlanddc.govt.nz

Outward Bound Scholarship for people aged 18-26 years inclusive (21 day standard course)

Southland District Council will sponsor one person's course and travel fees. Applicants and/or their parents or guardians must currently live in the Southland District Council area and have done so for at least two consecutive years before applying.

Outward Bound Scholarship for people aged 27 years & over (compact 9 day course)

The Southland District Council will sponsor one person in this category. Sponsorship covers course fees only. Recipients are responsible for their own travel arrangements. Applicants and/or their parents or guardians must currently live in the Southland District Council area and have done so for at least two consecutive years before applying.

Download an application form for both age groups [PDF, 177 KB]

Valmai Robertson - Creative New Zealand Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is to encourage and assist Southland district residents who participate in the field of dance to further develop their skills through attending courses, workshops, schools or other. The maximum assistance provided to any individual whether in one grant or cumulatively will not exceed $500.
Applicants and/or their parents or guardians must currently live in the Southland District Council area and have done so for at least two consecutive years before applying.

Download an application form [PDF, 166 KB]

Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund

Grants are available from the Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Fund to support:

  • Activities and facilities used by, or for the benefit of, visitors to Stewart Island.
  • Activities and facilities that mitigate the adverse effects of visitors on the environment of Stewart Island.
  • Salary and wages
  • Multi-year funding, which could be used to service loans such as capital works projects.

Allocation decisions are made by the Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Committee. The committee will give priority to applications for activities or projects that can demonstrate the widest public benefit.

Applications close 31 March.

Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Policy [PDF, 658 KB]

Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy application form [PDF, 222 KB]

Southland District Council Centennial Bursary

The Southland District Council awards two bursaries annually with successful applicants receiving up to $2,000 each. The bursaries can be held for one year only. Applicants must be academically qualified for admission to a tertiary educational institution; no restriction will be placed on the particular course of study followed. Applicants are restricted to those about to start the first year of tertiary education (this includes mature students).
Applicants and/or their parents or guardians must currently live in the Southland District Council area and have done so for at least two consecutive years before applying.

Download an application form [PDF, 171 KB]

Community Partnership Fund

The Community Partnership Fund supports an array of local initiatives and projects.
The Southland District’s nine community boards are responsible for approving grants from their respective funds, and each has developed individual criteria for applications.
Epitomising the concept of community-led development, the funds have a positive impact – in the community, for the community.
Find out more.

Sport New Zealand - Rural Travel Fund

The rural travel fund assists with transport expenses associated with participating in regular local competitions. Sports clubs and school-based clubs with young people aged between 5-19 years are eligible to apply.

Download an application form [PDF, 315 KB]

Download the Travel Fund Guidelines [PDF, 431 KB] 

Southland District Council Creative Communities New Zealand Scheme

The purpose of the Creative Communities Scheme is to:

  • Increase participation in the arts at a local level
  • Increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities

Both groups and individuals involved with arts/culture may apply for a grant subsidy for projects that benefit local communities in the area administered by the Southland District Council.

Download an application form [PDF, 325 KB]

Northern Southland Development Fund

The Northern Southland Development Fund is available for the development of initiatives which benefit the residents of the Northern Southland Development Fund area (represented by the Southland District Council Five Rivers Ward and the Dipton Community Levy area). Examples are:

  • Community facilities, reserves, playgrounds, utilities and other community amenities
  • Community programmes, activities, events and recreational opportunities
  • Community initiatives aimed at developing the social, cultural, environmental, health, safety and general wellbeing of the community
  • The development of amenities which may provide a long term economic benefit for the community.

There is one funding round each year and applications close 31 March.

Download an application form [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Southland District Council - Heritage Fund

Grants are available from the Southland District Heritage Fund to support the conservation of heritage collections and encourage the development and application of professional museum standards to heritage collections held within the Southland District Council boundaries.

The Heritage Fund is available to public benefit entities based within the boundaries of the Southland District Council who hold heritage collections or items. 

The Heritage Fund is available to assist with the day-to-day running of the local museum, heritage centre or similar type organisation including:

  • Operational activities
  • Routine building maintenance
  • The attainment of professional museum standards
  • Staff training

Download an application form [PDF, 196 KB]

District Initiatives Fund

The District Initiatives Fund is available to support the development and implementation of initiatives within the Southland District area that are at a scale that provides benefits to the District as a whole or are of benefit to at least two community board areas.

This includes the following:

  • non council owned facilities and amenities
  • sport and recreational facilities
  • community programmes, activities or events.

Download and application form [PDF, 187 KB]

John Beange Fund

There will be one funding round per annum with applications closing 30 September each year. Although there will be one formal funding round, the committee might accept and consider applications at other times if deemed appropriate.

The purpose of the fund is to provide relief and assistance to people in physical or financial need due to age, illness, congenital defect, accident or other misfortune and the advancement of education and learning.

Community groups or organisations and individuals that live within the Wyndham township or projects that benefit the residents of the township are eligible. 

Download the application  [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Ohai Railway Fund

Applications to this fund are considered twice annually. Applications close on 31 March or 30 September each year.

The purpose of the fund is to provide grants and loans for the benefit of the residents of the former Ohai Railway Board Area - a resident being a person or a descendant of a person whose name appeared on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll in any year from 1960 to 2011 and whose address at the time was within the area of the former board.

Eligible Purposes:

  • The provision of bursaries for tertiary study or adult education
  • To facilitate employment opportunities
  • The development of community facilities, reserves and resources/recreational and leadership opportunities/community programmes, activities, events and charitable purposes

Assistance may also be provided to individuals or groups taking part in events, which reflect credit or provide benefit to the community. Consideration may be given to projects aimed at providing public utilities.

Assistance for other initiatives outside the above categories may be provided at the discretion of the committee.

Download an individual application [PDF, 1.6 MB]
Download an organisation application [PDF, 1.7 MB]