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Significant Community Based Projects Fund

The Significant Community Based Projects Fund (SCBPF) was announced by the Prime Minister in July 2005. The fund has been established to support community-based projects and events of regional and national significance.

The fund is to support major community-based projects, which have significant support and participation from the community. They must have a range of benefits contributing to regional and/or national outcomes with particular reference to:
  • Arts, culture and heritage;
  • Sport and recreation;
  • Tourism;
  • Conservation and the environment; and
  • Economic development.
Additionally, projects funded could generate wider public benefits beyond their primary ones. These benefits may include:
    • increased tourism and employment;
    • education and training;
    • strengthening community relationships and social capital; and
    • improved quality of life and enhanced national identity.
    The Fund should be seen as a mechanism to obtain support when all other avenues have been exhausted. In other words, the Fund may be able to assist with the last bit of funding needed to complete a major project - projects that are funded are likely to be those that have sought (and received) money from a range of government and non-government sources and still cannot obtain sufficient funding to complete their work.

    2005/2006 Funding Round

    For the 2005/2006 funding round, the SCBPF received 74 applications. The applications received were for a wide range of projects. They were based in every region, as well as several large nationwide projects and one in Antarctica. Over one third of the applications were for arts, cultural, or heritage projects, the majority for the restoration of heritage buildings or performing or visual arts venues. Approximately another one third were for sports and recreation facilities/buildings, with most being local rather than regional or national. There were also applications for conservation and environmental initiatives, such as walkways and ecological reserves. A number of initiatives claimed tourism and economic development outcomes in addition to the outcomes listed above.

    The total sought by applicants was over $112 million.

    The Fund has a multi-year appropriation of $32 million for distribution over four years. This was the first funding round. Applications to the Fund opened on 1 September 2005 and closed on 18 December 2005.

    Funding requests received ranged from $30,000 - $7 million, with an average request of $1.5 million.

    An advisory group of officials from a number of government agencies with responsibility for key sectors was established to make recommendations, and provide advice on the respective merits of the applications. The advisory group comprised officials from the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Recreation New Zealand and the Department of Internal Affairs.

    The advisory group had access to independent expert advice to assess some aspects of applications. This was to ensure that projects recommended for funding were robust and sustainable.

    Recipients will be posted here as they are announced:

    2006/2007 Funding Round
    The 2006/2007 funding round will open on Monday, 3 October 2006, and close on Friday, 1 December 2006.

    If you would like us to send you information and application packs when these are available, please click on the email link Alternatively, you can call the National Grants Administration Team on 0800-824-824.

    Information and Fact Sheets for the 2005/2006 funding round, which has now closed, are still available (below). Please note, however, that some of the details in the 2005/2006 Information and Fact Sheets may change for the next funding round in 2006/2007.

    For further information see: *This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

    All general enquiries about the Fund, and requests for application packs and further information, should be directed to the National Grants Administration Team at:

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    Last updated: 29/06/2006