Useful Websites and Information


Charities Commission
A new website to inform about the changes for charitable organisations and their responsibilities, including a Guide to the Charities Bill. Check the FAQ for a good overview.
Freephone: 0508 CHARITIES (0508 242 748)

COGS and Lottery Online
Information on Community Development - Department of Internal Affairs.  Updated information sheets, application forms and guidelines for those seeking funding, and Closing Dates for applications.

CommunityNet Aotearoa
See ‘How to Guides’.  Information about running a group, funding, getting ‘incorporated’, promoting your group, volunteers – as well as lots of other interesting information.

Department of Internal Affairs
Excellent online publication ‘Community Development Resource Kit’ found under Resources, for help to set up your organisation.  See also ‘Funding’ chapter.

Exult - Practical Training for Community Groups
We facilitate a range of workshops on varying topics and at varying lengths, so can adapt what we have to offer to suit individual groups. 
Our most common workshops are Sustainable Funding, Marketing for Community Groups, and The Secret of Sponsorship. Each of these workshops usually run for 3 hours, and we often combine the Marketing and Sponsorship workshops to create a whole day package. You can find out more about these workshops by visiting our website.

Funding Information Service
See ‘Guidelines’ for information you can print off on seeking funding, putting together applications and sponsorship proposals, how to run your meetings etc.

Hamilton City Council

‘Funding Hamilton & Waikato Region ' offers a Waikato-wide list of funders – available mid-February.  Hard copy books are available from HCC ($15) or download free: see HAMILTON CITY COUNCIL, Publications and Plans, Community Reference Books.  Includes funders for specific groups or purposes, i.e. disability, youth, employment initiatives, environmental, awards, Maori and Pacific Island group initiatives.

Inland Revenue Department
‘Charitable Organisations’  A useful guide on your tax obligations, available at no cost, or available on line: Web:  and type in ‘ IR255’ in the Search box. 
Inland Revenue - Ph: 0800 377 774

Ministry of Social Development - Managing Well
This comprehensive  catalogue lists over 100 resources to help you set-up or run a community organisation or project in New Zealand. You will find references or links to manuals, websites, information sheets, books, and organisations that can help.

NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations
See ‘Publications’ for available books on managing volunteers, legal responsibilities, running a voluntary agency.  Useful books for medium to larger groups.
‘Keeping it Legal’ is a new on-line resource brimming with practical information on the legal requirements and responsibilities of all voluntary and not-for-profit organisations.  Well worth checking!

North Shore Community and Social Services (NSCSS)

An Auckland organisation that offers a wide range of reasonably priced resource booklets/fact sheets and videos for community groups.  Some examples are:
‘Guide to Funding Applications’, ‘Funding Series’, ‘Committee Series’
To order resources or obtain a full list of their publications contact:
NSCSS, P O Box 33284, Takapuna, North Shore City, Auckland
Ph: 09 486 4820

Social Services Waikato
An organisation to support, strengthen and advocate for community-based social service groups. Offers workshops and training, scholarships for those studying in the sector – check their website to see what is currently on offer, or ask if their Advisors can assist your group.
Phone: 07 838 1583 Hamilton

Societies and Trusts
NZ Government website where you can register on-line as a charitable trust or to become incorporated, or check your or other charitable organisations details.

Trust Waikato

‘The Grant Seekers Guide to successful funding applications’
A detailed step-by-step guide to assist groups in submitting funding applications.
Available at no cost from:
Trust Waikato, PO Box 391, Hamilton
Freephone 0800 436 628     
Or download from under ‘Obtaining Funds’ – Grant Seekers Guide.

Fundraising ideas

Web sites can offer a variety of fresh fundraising ideas. ‘Google’ or ‘Search’ fundraising ideas (pages from New Zealand) for local sites or check others overseas such as -  A free guide and free monthly newsletters are available online.


Environment and Conservation

NZ Biodiversity
Funding for groups and individuals protecting NZ’s landscape. Information on current projects being funded.

NZ Water Environment Research Foundation
NZWERF provides grants to schools and community groups for environmental projects with a water focus.

Sustainable Management Fund – Ministry for the Environment
Funding of up to 80% of project costs is available to community and iwi groups. Applications open in September with a staged timeline of project outline submission, application submission and with funding approved by April the following year.



Sport Waikato

Sport Waikato have staff who can assist sports clubs in assessing and improving their club structure and management, planning, financial accountability, marketing, sponsorship, volunteer recruitment and selection - and more.  Useful publications are also available.

Making Money’ - getting sponsors, gaming machine funds, community trusts, lottery grants. ‘How Well is Your Club?’ - a self-examination checklist and supporting information on how effectively your group is operating.

Contact: Gilly Alexander – South Waikato District Sport Coordinator, Swanson Street, Tokoroa, Phone: 027 4715968, Web:

Especially for sports and recreation funding, linked to Fundview’s directory. You can enter specific details in the search criteria to bring up the best options of where to seek funding for your sport club’s needs.
Also look in Publications.  There are many useful guides to assist your group and its management.

Health Sponsorship Council
See ‘Corporate Site’ - Sponsorship Guidelines


Arts and Heritage

Creative New Zealand
National arts development organisation.  See links to ‘Funding’.   In addition to the ‘Creative Communities’ scheme (administered by South Waikato District Council), there are other funds available for a variety of arts and cultural purposes.  See the website for full details, criteria and Closing Dates.

Film New Zealand
National film locations office, providing information, introductions and support to filmmakers both nationally and internationally.

History Research Trust Fund
This fund provides grants to researchers and writers of projects relating to New Zealand history. All historical areas are eligible, but priority is given to projects that significantly improve our understanding of New Zealand’s past.

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Provider of advice and services to government in the areas of culture and heritage.
A complete online catalogue of major cultural sector awards, scholarships and residencies; nationally available to NZ artists and cultural workers.
P O Box 5364, Wellington
Ph:  04 499 4229

NZ Historic Places Trust
The national Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by the NZ Historic Places Trust, provides funding assistance to encourage conservation of nationally significant
heritage places in private ownership.  For further information see website or contact:
NZ Historic Places Trust
Northern Regional Office
Private Bag 105 291
Ph: 09 307 8896