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Key funding criteria

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

It is recommended that groups speak to an advisor on 0800 824 824 before making a request for funding to ensure your organisation meets the key funding criteria.

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.

Important dates for the Community Leadership Fund

The next opening and closing dates for Community Leadership Fund requests and the advisory panel meeting date are listed at the link below:

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
  • social enterprise
  • volunteering
  • community-led development.

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.

Ngā kaupapa kāore e tautokona ā-pūtea / What we don't fund

Grants may not be used for:

  • repaying or servicing debt
  • generating profits
  • 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.

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