This Fund makes government-funded grants to not-for-profit organisations to help leadership and capability within communities.
This Fund provides government grants to not-for-profit organisations with a national focus, whose primary role is to provide leadership and build capability:
across the whole community and voluntary sector, or
within a specific interest area of the community and voluntary sector.
Ngā Hua / Outcomes
Grants are made to organisations whose requests show how they will achieve and measure these outcomes:
leadership and capability across the sector is strengthened
collaboration and connection across the sector is strengthened
social enterprise is fostered
volunteering is supported
community-led development is supported and enabled.
Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund
The Fund will invest in requests that:
contribute to achieving this Fund’s aims and outcomes, and
align with the priorities of:
supporting collaboration and connection across the sector
Requests for initiatives that expand services or contribute to the community and voluntary sector will be considered.
Eligible organisations may be able to apply for multi-year funding
To be eligible for multi-year funding, community organisations need to meet general Community Leadership Fund (CLF) criteria plus specific multi-year funding criteria. An organisation must:
have been established for at least two years
demonstrate a good grant management history (with the Department and/or other funders)
have evidence of good governance and management systems
have experience in, or can demonstrate experience in running a similar service/activity or project for which funding is requested
be a legal entity if the application is in excess of $10k for any one year.
If you wish to speak to an advisor, please call us on 0800 824 824.
Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund
Grants may not be used for:
repaying or servicing debt
projects or activities to promote commercial, political or religious activities, including political advocacy, employment and/or business initiatives, commercial enterprises or initiatives which look to change legislation
requests from fundraisers, including commercial or professional fundraisers whose purpose is to distribute money to others
requests where there is evidence of a conflict of interest which, in the opinion of the decision-makers, has not been disclosed by those requesting the grant or has not been satisfactorily managed or the risk reduced when the request was made.
If you want to make a positive difference across the Community and Voluntary Sector in Aotearoa we encourage you to start with a clear idea of the outcome (the change or benefits) you are planning to achieve.
Starting with a clear outcome will help you to connect with others and be successful in achieving goals that are important across the sector.
If you would like to work in partnership with us to achieve something in the sector or request a grant you can find out more here about how we work and how you can contact us.
If you already know that a Community Leadership Fund request is right for your community group or organisation then the following steps will help you on your way.
Or if you would like to explore other opportunities to access services and grant funding then return to the menu at the top of the home page for more information.
If you are planning to request a Community Leadership Fund grant then we suggest you start by checking the opening / closing dates here.
To be ready to make a request you can find out more about what you will need here;
If you have been successful in your grant request the grant will be paid into the bank account matching the details provided at the time of your request. Our goal is to have this payment to you within a fortnight of your grant being approved by the committee.
In using your grant we would ask that you
Remember your grant was made for the community purpose outlined in your request. If things have changed then discuss next steps with an Advisor.
We also ask that if you have funds remaining or not able to be used for the purpose you requested these need to be returned so we can continue to make a difference across the community and voluntary sector
Thank you for your work to build strong and resilient communities across Aotearoa.