The 2021 Community Waikato Tindall Foundation Rural Community Event Fund is now open. This fund is available annually to support rural community-led events.  Applications close on Friday 12 November. 

The development of this fund was inspired by numerous requests for assistance for community-led events such as family fun days, community celebrations and summer picnics along with events that have arisen in response to specific issues, e.g. a community who had experienced a number of tragic events decided to run a Family Fun Day to encourage their community to focus on the ‘good and positive’ about themselves.

Accessible and collaborative community events are an essential part of developing a sense of belonging and community. They encourage neighbourly relationships and establishing links that build and strengthen communities and families overall.

This Rural Community Event Fund has been developed to allow us the flexibility to provide financial support within a short time-frame.

Please note that for eligibility organisations must meet the goals and priority areas of The Tindall Foundation’s Families Funding area. Exclusions include organisations whose primary purpose is education or health focused, research, the arts, sports, leisure and recreation, buildings or land, overseas organisations and animal charities. 

One of the organisations supported by this fund is Bluelight Tokoroa for its Putaruru Children’s day event.

“We had an awesome time watching a movie at our local Plaza.  We had over 300 people turn up to watch the movie.  We thank all our local support groups for helping with this event by volunteering their time and donations.   The look on the children’s faces when they got lots of treats and the movie for free was priceless.  Not much comes free these days, and many of our families are really struggling so it’s so good to be able to do this for the children in our community. The feedback from the community and other groups is that they would like to do this for our kids in our community each school holidays,” said Donna.


Funding Round closes on Friday 12 November 2021. Payments are made mid-December each year. Click here to apply

Fund purpose
Targeted toward small, rural-based organisations who provide events for families, children and their communities. It is not for commercial events. Hamilton based organisations are excluded.

Application Amount
Ten donations of $500 each will be made to successful applicant organisations.

If you have received The Tindall Foundation Rural Community Event Funding you must complete the accountability form to be eligible for any future Tindall Foundation funding.

For further information please contact Sally Ridley at Community Waikato: email