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 its 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. Last year the fund was expanded with help from Manawatū District Council and the Ministry for the Environment, through the Freshwater Improvement Fund. From 2021, for the next two years there is $110,000 of available funding for community projects that meet the Accords goals. Two year must have a final deliverable date of June 2022.

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.

Please note that applications for the next round will open in 2022.

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

The next round of funding will open in 2022.

Kua rite ki te tono?

Ready to apply?

Download the application form below. 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:

Manawatū River Accord Grants Programme
c/o Horizons Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatū 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 successful past applicants’ projects.