West Wind

West Wind community fund

The West Wind Community Fund provides grants for projects in Makara, South Makara, Makara Beach and Takarau Gorge that support sustainable community development.

Apply for funding

If you meet the selection criteria you can apply online for funding.

Is my project eligible?

You can apply for funding if your project meets at least one of the West Wind Community Fund objectives.

Your project must:

  • promote environmental awareness and programmes that sustain and improve the quality of the environment in the community
  • encourage a safer community
  • contribute to the sustainability of non-profit organisations or volunteer services
  • foster the development of opportunities for sporting, social and recreational activities with a focus on youth
  • promote life-long learning opportunities for all.

Selection criteria

Your proposal must clearly outline what the outcomes and benefits of your project will be, and how your project will:

  • contribute directly to the community
  • generate benefits that do not currently exist
  • contribute long-term solutions to issues
  • foster the development of skills and capacity
  • demonstrate the ability to make effective use of the funds
  • have performance measures that focus on outcomes
  • provide promotional opportunities
  • use the fund to attract additional funding for the project
  • demonstrate a sustainable future for the project beyond the support of the fund.

How do I apply?

Please use our online application form at the link above. We'll review your application during our funding rounds, following which we’ll contact applicants to let them know the outcome.

The next funding round for the West Wind Community Fund is:

  • 11 May 2017 – for applications submitted by 20 April 2017

If you have any questions, phone 04 803 2507 or send us an email.

Splashing out at Makara Model School

In 2010, the Meridian West Wind Community Fund granted $15,800 towards the heating of Makara Model School. Makara is close to our West Wind Farm and an important part of the local community.

“Prior to heating being installed, the pool was so cold the children couldn’t even focus on learning how to swim and float”, says Gail Dewar, Makara Model School Principal. “Now they can learn far more effectively, stay in the pool for longer and make the most of the pool and the experience."

A heating system, cover and removable sun shade was purchased for the pool which is also used by the wider community over the summer months.