Community Funding

E hiahia ana koe ki te kuhu mai ki ngā mahi whakapaipai i tō tātou awa, i ōna hikuawa rānei?

Do you want to contribute to improve the state of our awa, or it’s tributaries?

Since the formation of the Accord Horizons Regional Council has run an annual community project funding process. The Manawatū River Leaders’ Accord runs a contestable community funding programme once a year with the support of Horizons Regional Council. This year the fund has been expanded with help from Manawatū District Council and the Ministry for the Environment, through the Freshwater Improvement Fund. From 2018, for the next five years there is $100,000 of available funding for community projects.

The programme provides an opportunity for our communities to engage positively and constructively by helping to improve the quality of our awa. These improvements could be in direct relation to water quality, or in the way people connect with the waterways in the Manawatū Catchment. The Accord looks to empower community groups or individuals, by holding information sessions and providing access to resources enabling them to complete projects which will assist in achieving the goals of the Accord.

Applications normally open in August and are open for a month each year, the successful applicants this year have just been selected. This year’s projects and successful applicants are:

  • B & P Drysdale and Te Kauru – continuation of riparian fencing and planting of the Source of the Manawatū River;
  • New Zealand Landcare Trust – Riparian fencing and planting in the Stoney Creek catchment;
  • Mangaone West Landcare Group – Riparian fencing and planting in the Mangaone West catchment;
  • Dannevirke Host Lions Club – growing rata to be planted in riparian zones;
  • Save Our River Trust – Feasibility study for the construction of a wetland to treat water discharged from Kings canal prior to entering the Foxton Loop;
  • Oroua River Catchment Care Group – Riparian enhancement and weed control in Timona Park;
  • Te Rangimarie Marae – feasibility study into creating an accessway to the Oroua awa from the Marae;
  • Manawatū Source to Sea – Education and removal of plastic from water; and
  • Ngā Kaitiaki ō te Rerenga Rauropi – Restoration of Pioneer Highway Stream.
Ko wai ka āhei ki te tono?

Who can apply?

Non-profit organisations such as community groups, schools, early childhood centres, iwi/hapu groups, and individuals or landowners are eligible for our funding.

The project must be non-profit making.

To find out more about the guidelines set for projects, please read the funding eligibility criteria. If you’re still unsure whether your project would be eligible get in touch with Horizons’ freshwater team on freephone 0508 800 800.

Ko ngā rā e āhei ai ki te tono

Community funding timeframes

Applications for funding are currently closed, the next round will be open in 2019.

Kua rite ki te tono?

Ready to apply?

Download the application form here. This can be either printed and filled out, or you can edit the document and submit by email.

Tukuna mai tō tono

Sending in your application

Once you’ve completed the application you can either email it through to or post your hardcopy application to:

Manawatu River Accord Grants Programme
c/o Horizons Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatu Mail Centre 4442

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Have a project in mind but not sure if its up the right track? Have a read of some succesful past applicants’ projects.