Funding sources and resources

A range of funding sources and resources for your organisation

The Wheelhouse Project

​​​​​​​The Wheelhouse website enables community groups and individual athletes to easily access a range of funding opportunities by using a search engine to narrow down the funder that is best suited to funding their project or purpose.  Using this method ensures you are dealing with local funders, funders who are aligned to your mission and funders who may be able to support you with the amount you require to achieve your goal.

The Wheelhouse is is an exciting initiative resulting in a collaboration between several organisations committed to the better coordination of training educational opportunities and the provision of resources for community groups.  Therefore, the Wheelhouse is much more that a funding hub but also provides support to clubs and organisations around upskilling, mentoring, research and more.

TOI Foundation

Toi Foundation's purpose is :

To support our communities to build a thriving, inclusive and equitable Taranaki.

Kia toka ia nei te ara whakakaha i te hapori, kia toitū te whenua, kia toitū te tangata, kia toitū te maunga.

Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship

​​​​​​​The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme educates future leaders at the University of Waikato within the values of New Zealand’s greatest adventurer, Sir Edmund Hillary. With a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship, you can pursue your passion while you study. If you have leadership capabilities, excel academically, and have achieved in a sport or creative and performing art, the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme could be for you.  A variety of development opportunities and fee support is provided.

Applications are due by the 31st of August each year prior to planned study starting in March the following year.

Community Organisations Grant Scheme - COGS

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme provides grants to non-profit organisations delivering community-based social services that contribute to achieving locally-determined outcomes.

Lottery Grants Board

Te Puna Tahua - Lottery Grants Board - Distributes the profits made from New Zealand state lotteries, such as Lotto and Instant Kiwi, for the benefit of New Zealand communities.

Taranaki Electricity Trust

The Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) is a charitable trust. TET was formed in 1993 when New Plymouth Energy merged with the Taranaki Electricity Power Board. It receives investment income which is distributed via grants to suitable applicants from the area previously supplied by the Taranaki Electric Power Board.

The Trust area is the area previously supplied by the old Taranaki Electric Power Board and extends to past Uruti in North Taranaki, includes Waitara, Inglewood, Stratford, Eltham and extends as far south as Te Roti. South of the mountain, the west boundary is Awatuna and the eastern boundary extends well inland past Whangamomona.

The Trust district is divided into two wards - Ward A and Ward B. Ward A is that area served by the Trust in the New Plymouth District Council area. Ward B is that area served by the Trust in the Stratford and South Taranaki District Council areas.

New Plymouth District Council Funding and Grants

The New Plymouth District Council Community Partnerships team manage a number of grants which community groups and individuals can apply for.  There has been an increase in community funding in response to COVID-19. Contact the Community Partnerships Team for more information 06 759 6060

South Taranaki District Council Funding and Grants

​​​​​​​There are various funding opportunities available to community organisations provided and administered by South Taranaki District Council.

Taranaki Foundation

Taranaki is a special place. Around our maunga an energy exists — driving passionate people across our rohe to get things done, to improve lives, and create the best regional centre in the world.

Taranaki Foundation is born of this same drive and commitment. A charitable foundation created for the people of Taranaki, by the people of Taranaki,  our vision is to nurture and grow the prosperity of our region through community giving, partnerships and philanthropy.


Variety provides tailored, flexible support to disadvantaged children throughout New Zealand.

We can provide your child with basic essentials like bedding, a school uniform and shoes and access to important life opportunities such as school camp and swimming lessons.

Pokie Proceeds - Gaming Trusts

There are a range of gaming machine (pokie) societies that distribute grants to community groups across New Zealand. A percentage of the profit, which have been generated from people using the pokie machines, is given back to the communities in which they were generated.  Here you will find a list of those societies who give grants in Taranaki. 

Pelorus Trust​​​​​​​

The Pelorus Trust is a charitable trust based in Lower Hutt which raises funds for charitable, philanthropic and sporting purposes through the operation of gaming machines. We are a mid-sized gaming trust operating machines from hotels and taverns between Far North District and Nelson/Marlborough.

Sport New Zealand External Funding Directory

A directory of play, active recreation and sport awards, grants and scholarships

Search the directory to see the many funds offered to help individuals, community groups or organisations support their play, active recreation or sports projects, activities, resources or services.

New Zealand Community Trust

Established in 1998, NZCT is New Zealand's largest gaming trust with 15% of market share. We are proud of the contribution we make to local communities, particularly in the area of amateur sport and active participation.


Spaces and Places Lead

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Sport Tutor Video: Investing against clear benefits.

Sport Tutor is a resource tool provided by Sport New Zealand to enhance people development opportunities for everyone in the sport and active recreation sector. This is a free tool for any sporting or active recreation organisation. Find out more about SportTutor

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