Community Amenities Fund 

The round is closed for 2023

Community Amenities Fund for applications between $100,000 to $500,000

Rationale:  This fund supports capital projects that will facilitate and enable the delivery of new, or the expansion/preservation of existing Community and Environmental Assets that align with BayTrust’s Priorities. Community and Environmental Assets are defined as intergenerational assets where most of the below elements are present. 


i.      assets that meet an identified current and future community need;

ii.     an accessible and multi–use public component;

iii.    broad community support (the amenity reflects the interests of a high % of the community);

iv.    local community and volunteer involvement in the project and in the ongoing operation of the amenity;

v.     strong local significance or recognised historical/cultural importance;

vi.    where BayTrust funding will make a material difference (>5% of total funding) to the project;

vii.   that have material economic development spin-offs.

viii.  that it has demonstrable value to Māori

iv.    if an environmental project, must be able to demonstrate long-term, inter-generational positive impact on the environment.

The Community Amenities Fund has a staged business case application process including an initial discussion with Trust staff, followed by an expression of interest (EOI), shortlist and then a business case application with greater weight given to projects that deliver in a number of BayTrust Focus Areas and have Baywide benefits. 

1.    Applications between $100,000 and $500,000 will be considered; 

2.    Applications will be decided on an annual basis by the BayTrust Board;

3.    Organisations will be required to contact BayTrust staff to discuss projects prior to being provided with a link to submit their EOI;

4.    The application process will be through an expression of interest with those applicants shortlisted by Trustees invited to complete a full business case;

5.    BayTrust will generally only fund up to 50% of the total project costs;

6.    At the time of submitting an EOI, projects must have sufficient committed funds or applications in progress that will enable the project to be completed as well as have obtained reliable and independent estimates for the work programme; 

7.    Projects that are not “investment ready” may be supported through a smaller grant to assist with feasibility research and other related costs to enable them to become investment ready for a future round.  Such funding will not exceed a maximum of 10% of the total CAF budget for each CAF round;

8.    To receive funding, all projects must have:

a)    committed funding sufficient to enable completion of project;
b)    a contractually committed start date that within 24 months from the EOI being submitted – after which time the approved grant lapses;

c)    Clear evidence of organisational capability to deliver the project; 

9.    Groups can only apply for one initiative in each Community Amenities funding round;

10.    Groups that have applied for or received funding within the past 12 months from BayTrust may apply, if the application is for a different project;

11.    Funds may be released as progress payments;

12.    Funding can be directed towards a permanent new community asset, a significant upgrade of an existing community asset or preservation of a community asset with strong local significance or historical importance.  These assets are expected to be long lasting with intergenerational benefits and demonstrate they have sufficient ongoing financial support to cover ongoing maintenance and operating costs;

13.    Funding cannot be used retrospectively;

14.    Projects that have already commenced may be given leave to apply under the provision that any funding is used to complete the project;

15.    The indicative annual timeline for the Community Amenities Fund is:

a)    EOI opens – 1st April; 

b)    EOI closes – 29th April;

c)    Shortlist applications – June Board meeting;

d)    Trustees review business case and make a decision in September Board meeting.

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Thank you for showing interest in applying for funding. We fund programmes and projects that work towards achieving our Outcomes and Priorities and contain the Attributes we require. These Outcomes, Priorities and Attributes are listed below.

Strengthened Whanau - Babies and Youth

Rationale: BayTrust recognises the importance of family and whanau as the basic unit in communities – when the family unit is strong, it follows that our communities will be healthy and strong. Our priorities in this area are:

​The first 1000 days of Child’s Life

The first 1000 days of a child’s life is the best time to make an investment into a child, and addressing the needs of a baby means effectively addressing the needs of the family. Evidence supports the value of investment into this phase of a child’s development as cost beneficial


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of families and children, e.g. parenting programmes, especially where addressing those identified at risk or with high needs;
  2. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, be based on sound practice and show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research.


BayTrust believes that when Youth are involved and engaged within their community – through a range of activities (work, sport, volunteerism, education) they are more likely to lead productive lives and become good citizens that will provide leadership for our communities in the future.


  1. Activities that support youth engagement;
  2. Youth support services and programmes that encourage youth to be productive members of the community, that are strengths based, have identified outcomes and a long term approach, are based on sound practice and can show strong alignment to the effective interventions identified in our research;
  3. That facilitate youth into post-secondary education, training or employment.

Vulnerable families and children

For a variety of reasons, some families, children and parents need assistance to reach their full potential, improve their lives, or recover from setbacks. Supporting family members to become strong will lead to strong communities.  


  1. Programmes addressing the needs of children, especially those who are at risk or vulnerable, to help them overcome difficulties and thrive
  2. Programmes or activities that support adults/parents who are vulnerable, at risk or disadvantaged
  3. Programmes should have identified outcomes and a long term approach, and be based on sound practice.

Inclusive Communities

Rationale: BayTrust has a role in fostering acceptance of community diversity and assisting those at a disadvantage to participate in and contribute to the community to the best of their ability. 


  1. Programmes that promote general health and wellbeing for those who are disadvantaged – through illness, inequality, age, disability or geographical situation;
  2. Effects of demographic changes on people and activities that focus on how to reduce the negative impacts of these changes, especially those that take a regional perspective;
  3. Activities that promote the acceptance of diversity within our communities

Safe communities

Rationale: Feeling safe within communities is necessary to personal wellbeing and enjoyment of our natural resources.


  1. Lifesaving, Coastguard, water survival and safety organisations and activities;
  2. Search and Rescue operations and organisations;
  3. Community Policing activities and organisations

Healthy Sustainable Housing

Rationale: We recognise the importance of healthy, sustainable housing in enabling people and families to lead healthy, productive lives.


  1. Programmes that address issues of sub-standard housing and or lack of social housing;
  2. Retrofitting insulation programmes where there is a community approach to the programme.


Rationale: Community development encourages communities to address their own issues, build on their own strengths and natural advantages. This builds cohesion, enhances the lives of people within communities and increases their sense of belonging, wellbeing and happiness.  Economic vibrancy, prosperity and jobs that provide a sustainable wage or better, plus all year round employment are essential to retain citizens and enable communities to thrive.


  1. Community organisations and activities that facilitate community development at a community level, encourage community cohesion and pride, volunteerism and equity amongst citizens;
  2. Activities that seek to address economic challenges, or improve economic welfare; the creation of sustainable employment opportunities;
  3. Activities that encourage or support the creation and enhancement of social enterprises.


Rationale: BayTrust recognises the benefit of sport and recreational activities in contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of community members, and the role sport plays in providing a mechanism for inclusion of individuals in a community. BayTrust believes the most strategic manner it can contribute to sport is through its involvement in the CoachForce programme which is delivered across 19 sporting codes across the BOP region by our strategic partner Sport BOP, and achieves recognisable community outcomes.


  1. CoachForce programme due to its wide coverage and identified community benefits;
  2. Other sports and recreational activities that are not supported by CoachForce where the activity is an important part of that community, is well supported by the community and is easily accessible to all.


Rationale: BayTrust believes involvement in arts, culture and heritage, community activities and events enriches people’s lives and increases their sense of wellbeing and connectedness.


  1. Applications for community driven arts, cultural and heritage opportunities / activities that enrich the lives of communities through active participation and that ideally work in a collaborative manner reflecting community priorities e.g. community arts programmes.
  2. Contributions to capital costs (generally up to a maximum of 20%) for buildings or assets where they are of strong local significance or historical importance with considerable wider community benefit.
  3. Events up to $15,000 maximum where the majority of the below elements are present:
  • a free to the public component;
  • high community appeal (the event reflects the interests of a high % of the community);
  • outreach to schools or youth involvement;
  • local community involvement in the organisation and delivery of the event;
  • high volunteer involvement;
  • where BayTrust funding will make a material difference to the event;
  • that have material economic development spin offs.

Tū Māori mai

  1. Activities or programmes that promote a strong Māori cultural identity (including Te Reo and tikanga) and contribute to a range of positive outcomes,
  2. Activities or programmes that help build knowledge of local Māori histories that help build understanding and positive collective futures
  3. Contributions to capital projects on Marae (up to $15k).


Rationale: We need strong community organisations and strong community leaders to deliver good quality programmes and activities that address community needs and aspirations.


  1. Activities that build the capacity and capability of community organisations or social enterprises, especially those that drive greater sustainability; support evaluative practices, service improvement and collaborative practices;
  2. Activities that support and enable community leaders;
  3. Activities that encourage and support volunteerism.


Rationale: The natural environment is fundamental to the sustainability and future of BOP.


  1. Community led natural environmental initiatives;
  2. Activities that promote community involvement in sustainability practices or raise awareness of environmental issues at a community level;
  3. Activities that recognise the natural environment as a cornerstone of sustainable communities and support those that show leadership within this space.


To help determine the likelihood of
funding success BayTrust will apply
its funding strategically by investing
in programmes and activities that
contain the following attributes:

1. Are BOP wide or BOP replicable, and are
       community led.

2. Contain measurable outcomes and
       embedded evaluative practices.

3. Build capacity and capability of
       community groups and individuals who
       are potential community leaders

4. Support those in the BOP who have the
       greatest need

5. Incorporate a Partnership approach

6. Foster Youth engagement and early child

7. Deliver innovative solutions to social issues

Note: the more of these attributes that an application can demonstrate it meets, the more likelihood of funding and the greater the funding that can be accesses.

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