We are excited to announce the inaugural Love Wānaka Community Fund Grant Round, with applications for funding open from April 04 – May 16 2024.

Read on for all the information you need, then click the link below to apply!

What funding is available?

Love Wānaka raises funds to support local environmental action. Each year, funds will be available on an annual, contestable basis to local charitable entities who work in the climate, conservation, and biodiversity spaces and who will deliver tangible benefits for the environment – both now and into the future. 

This year, organisations can apply for funding between $5,000 – $10,000.

How will funding be allocated?

Our independent distribution committee will oversee the allocation of charitable funds, assessing all funding applications and making recommendations to the Wakatipu Community Foundation (our charitable partner) to allocate these funds on behalf of Love Wānaka.

The Wakatipu Community Foundation provides oversight and input into all funding decisions to ensure charitable intent is upheld across the entirety of the grant process.

Neither Lake Wānaka Tourism nor Destination Queenstown are able to dictate or influence how or where funds are allocated.

What type of funding can we apply for?

Organisations can apply for funding to support one of the following:

Programme costs
A component of the broader work provided by an organisation, generally with a specific, targeted impact.

Project costs
Time-bound, one-off activities that have a clear budget and deliverables.

Operational costs
The core costs associated with the ongoing operations of an organisation, programme, or initiative.

Social enterprise models
A commercial venture, established by a charitable organisation, to support its mission and move the organisation toward financial sustainability. Funds can be used for the associated operational costs but are not to be taken for private benefit.

Eligibility Checklist

To be eligible for funding, organisations must meet the below criteria:

Localised benefit
Funds are allocated per their area of origin. The geographic boundaries are in keeping with the Regional Tourism Organisation’s operating boundaries.
Love Wānaka exclusively serves the Lake Wānaka region, bound by the Haast Pass in the North and the Cardrona Saddle in the South, including Hāwea, Luggate, Albert Town, Cardrona and Makarora. Funded projects or organisations must create benefit within this geographical area.

Charitable registration
To be eligible for funding, you must apply on behalf of a registered charitable entity and demonstrate both charitable intent and public benefit. Funding cannot be used to further the private financial interest of individuals or other non-charitable organisations.

Environmental impact
To be eligible for funding, your organisation and / or initiative must demonstrate how it will benefit this region’s environment. This includes, but is not limited to: native revegetation efforts, biodiversity enhancement projects, pest and exotics control, waterway health and protection initiatives, waste minimisation efforts, and more.

Special consideration will be given to initiatives that will provide –

Long-term benefit;

Opportunities for locals and visitors to engage in, connect over, or contribute to;

Opportunities for locals and visitors to see and understand the benefit (of the funded project);

Opportunities for collaboration and / or complimentary benefit to other projects, initiatives or organisations in the region.

Timeline and Process

Applications for the inaugural Love Wānaka funding round are open from April 04 – May 16 2024.

Applications will be assessed by our independent distribution committee, with support from the Wakatipu Community Foundation.

Applicants will be notified of the success of their application prior to June 30.

More information

Preview the grant application form and download the terms and conditions here.

If you have any additional questions or need support with your application, please reach out to Ash Bickley, Community Funds Coordinator.

Apply now!

Applications are open from 04 April – 16 May 2024.