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Community Development Small Grants Fund


About the Fund

Palmerston North Community Services Council manages the Community Development Small Grants Fund on behalf of the Palmerston North City Council, who provide these funds. This fund is to provide essential administration expenses to enable local not-for-profit community organisations to operate. 

Groups may apply for grants up to $5000 to cover costs related to audit or financial review, communication, energy, insurance, volunteer expenses, rent or stationery.

Organisations seeking funding must contribute to either the Creative and Liveable Strategy, Connected Community Strategy, or the Eco City Strategy set out by PNCC.


Applications for this round are now closed. We anticipate applications for the 2022 round will be open in May.


If you received a grant from this fund last year, please submit through SmartyGrants this before submitting your new application.


If you have any questions about the Small Grants Fund, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will be happy to help.


Community Development Emergency Grant

There is an Emergency Grant available to any group who meets the same criteria as the Community Development Small Grants Fund, and who are struggling to continue their operation due to financial issues. 

Emergency Grants can only be used for the same administration costs as the small grants fund and is for organisations. Funding will not be considered for specific projects and wages.

To apply for an Emergency Grant, please write to us outlining you situation and the nature of the emergency. There is a very small amount available in this fund for each financial year.

We will require copies of the following documents:

  • Last audited accounts
  • Current bank statements of all operational bank accounts
  • Current Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet reports
  • Any other material to support your request

We will endeavour to consider your application within two weeks of the request, and we may require you to meet with us to state your case.

To discuss an Emergency Grant, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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