Grants & Funding

The Gore District Council looks after six funding schemes. They are

  • Creative Communities NZ Scheme,
  • Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund,
  • Rural Halls and Domain Scheme,
  • Pioneer Women's Memorial Trust Scholarships
  • the Coster Fund, and
  • the Rural Special Fund.

We also offer two education scholarships each year.

Gore District Council Tertiary Education Scholarships

Applications for 2019 are closed


Each year the Council offers two tertiary education scholarships, valued at $1,000 each. The scholarships are an initiative of the Gore District Youth Council and have been set up for young people from the Gore District who are commencing tertiary study.

Their studies should be in a council relevant area and there is the opportunity for up to 10 weeks paid work experience with the Council during holiday breaks.

The scholarships will be available to young people who

The scholarships are open to school leavers who live in the Gore District and are aged 19 years or under. They must be going on to study at a tertiary level.


Gore Creative Communities Scheme

Applications for the 2020/21 round are open until Thursday 20 August.

We have a partnership with Creative New Zealand to promote, support and increase participation in community arts and cultural activities in the Gore district. Each year Creative New Zealand provides Creative Communities Scheme funding to Council to distribute.

There is no maximum amount you can apply for, however grants usually range between $200 - $2,000.

Any group, organisation or individual that can meet the grant criteria can apply, however, grants are not for individual gain.

Applications are called for twice a year, usually around February and August.

Creative Communities NZ scheme application guide [PDF, 2.6 MB]

2020 CCS Application Form [PDF, 522 KB]


Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund

Applications for the summer 2020 - 2021 second round are open until Friday 28 August.

This fund is designed to subsidise travel for junior teams taking part in local sport competitions. It is open to rural sports clubs and school teams in the Gore District. Those taking part in the sports must be aged between five years and 19 years. The fund is for travel to local sports competition out of school time, and not regional or national events. Applications are called for twice a year, usually around February and August.

SportNZ Travel Fund Form [PDF, 840 KB]

Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund 2018-2020 guidelines [PDF, 396 KB]


Pioneer Women's Memorial Trust Scholarships

We look after these scholarships for the Trust. Each year the Trust offers two educational bursaries, valued at $750 each, to students who are contemplating tertiary education or a trade apprenticeship. They are available to present pupils of Gore High School, St Peter's College, Blue Mountain College and Menzies College.


Applications for 2019 are closed

Restroom Saga [PDF, 1009 KB]


Rural Halls and Domains

Applications are now open until Friday 31 July.

Application form [PDF, 717 KB]

For many rural communities their hall and domain are a focal point, a venue for events that bind and strengthen the community. The Council has funding available via its Rural Halls and Domains Grant Scheme to help with any capital projects and significant work associated with ensuring the long-term future of these important facilities. Everyday running costs are not eligible for the scheme. Applications are called for around May.



Coster Fund

Criteria and application form [PDF, 457 KB]

This fund was created from a bequest by a Mataura resident Claude Coster. Under the funding guidelines the money has to be spent in Mataura on projects that will benefit its people. Only not-for-profit organisations can apply and the maximum grant available is for 50 per cent of a project's total cost. Applications for funding will be publicly notified.


Rural Special Fund

This fund was established from money paid to the Council by the Southland County Council as a result of local government amalgamation in 1989. It was used for grants and loans, as well as subsidising rural rates, for a number of years before being set aside to rebuild. There are no plans in the foreseeable future to resume dispensing money from this fund.

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