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Source: Auckland Council

Groups keen to make a difference in the Hibiscus and Bays area can apply for this year’s local board community grants.

Chair Gary Brown says since COVID-19, changes have been made to reflect community feedback and align the grants programme to board priorities.

“The programme aims to empower people to shape where they live. Our focus is on our economy, well-being and social connectedness because resilience for business, communities and the environment, goes hand in hand with economic recovery.”

Deputy chair Victoria Short says grants encourage collaboration and a sense of community.

“They help bring individuals and groups together to deliver events or projects that make our communities even better places to live.”

This year’s programme has been simplified to remove some categories and rounds. For a project this year, applicants should apply by 21 August and for amounts between $2000 and $10,000.

The second round opens on 15 February for projects in 2021. Groups can only receive one grant each financial year.

Programme aims:

  • placemaking, including activities in town centres
  • leisure or sports opportunities encouraging people to be active
  • youth development, participation, engagement
  • family support, activities where older adults can connect and participate
  • artistic and creative opportunities
  • sustainable initiatives that protect and enhance the environment.

For more information and to apply click here.


Our grants team is running two community workshops for prospective applicants.

  • Thursday, 6 August 4-5pm, Sherwood Room, Bays Community Centre, 2 Glen Road, Browns Bay
  • Thursday, 13 August 4-5pm, Small Hall, Ōrewa Community Centre, 40/46 Ōrewa Square, Ōrewa.

You can get help with your application by emailing

The community grants programme is a key initiative in the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Plan, which guides what the board does over the next three years and is open for feedback until 13 August.