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Social Investment Q&As

Why did Council decide to make this funding contestable?

There has been a long history of Council supporting community organisations. A review on how Council provided financial community support through community contracts was carried out in 2014. The review recommended we shift community contract funding into a fully contestable process every three years to:

  • better align with Long term plan outcomes
  • increase the transparency and impact of this investment
  • ensure equitable and uniform processes for awarding contract funding.

Through this work we introduced a contestable process and implemented a wider social investment programme that includes a range of training and collaboration opportunities to build the capacity of the local not-for-profit community sector.

The underlying purpose is to make sure we’re strategic about the limited funds available and ensures that funding support aligns to Council’s own Long term plan.


How does the new contestable funding model differ from the old non-contestable one?

The social investment fund is a contestable model that focuses on outcomes. This differs from the previous non- contestable funding model.

Under the social investment contestable fund model, organisations were invited to participate in a two part procurement process in early 2018 for three years of funding which included:

1)      An expressions of interest (EOI) phase.

2)      Shortlisted EOIs were invited to develop proposals.

Council awarded contracts based on the strategic impact on priorities from proposals submitted.


Priorities for social investment 

The new social investment fund aligns with our Long term plan cycle of three years, and funding is allocated to organisations that meet the following social investment priorities:

  • connected communities,
  • safe communities, and
  • a capable sector.

The priorities were developed after a comprehensive process of considering the range of needs in the community and the most strategic way we could impact those needs. The priorities are consistent with our role in the community. The overall social investment programme has two parts - funding for initiatives contributing to the priorities and support and capacity-building for the whole not-for-profit sector.


When did Council decide to make this funding contestable?

September 2016. Since then, organisations that received community contracts from Council have been working through a transition phase designed to give them time to look at alternative ways to access funding. This has included Council-provided workshops and training for any not-for-profit sector group, not just those who have received funding in the past.


When did the new process start?

This followed a review in 2014 that recommended that our funding for social outcomes should be contestable and more strategically focused.

An Expression of Interest (EOI) period was open from January through to February 2018, and final decisions around successful contracts were made on Thursday 28 June 2018.


How was this process carried out?

We’ve engaged directly with the not-for-profit sector throughout the process. We invited the sector to help develop the priorities and this input was reflected in the priorities we approved and in the guiding principles and procurement process.


Were current contract holders told that the funding was becoming contestable?

Yes. Current contract holders have had a reasonable amount of time (two years) to consider the possible changes to their funding and further help will be provided to help them find alternative funding if they weren’t successful in this round.


How long is approved funding for?

The contracts will be valid for three years from 2018/19 and contestable every three years.


How were the Expressions of Interest (EOIs) assessed?

The EOIs were considered by an independent evaluation panel against comprehensive criteria, including weighted evaluation around:

-           an organisation’s governance and financial strength and performance;

-          contribution to social investment priority; and

-          contribution and alignment with social investment principles.


Organisations that have received funding in the past could be vulnerable if they aren’t funded through this contestable process. What will Council do to recognise that?

We’re aware that this decision will significantly impact the organisations who’ve received non-contestable funding for over 10 years, and we’re prioritising support to help them source alternative funding and build capacity. Tailored support has been offered to all current contractors who weren’t shortlisted.

Organisations that are currently contracted have been kept regularly informed of the change in direction. To ease the transition, their contracts were extended for two 12-month periods (2016-2017 and 2017-2018).


What was the final stage?

We invited shortlisted organisations to develop proposals with input from our staff to ensure the priorities and principles determined by Council were reflected.

An independent panel of five experts in the field reviewed all the proposals in June and made a final recommendation about which organisations will receive contracts at a Council meeting on 28 June.

Capacity-building support for the whole sector will run in parallel to the funding process.


Who are the members of the independent panel who assessed the final-stage proposals?

The proposal evaluation panel members were: Mark Cassidy (form CEO of Wellington Community Trust until 2017; former national business manager Public Trust including managing and developing the granting strategy for the Public Trust's Charitable Trusts; current chair of Mary Potter Hospice and deputy chair of the Skylight Trust), John Hayes (chair of the Kāpiti Coast Older Persons Council), Sharlene Maoate-Davis (has worked in health, education, and social service industries in iwi Māori, private, and public sector; develops competency-based kaupapa Māori training and professional development supervision services alongside non-governmental and government agencies throughout New Zealand; has served on local national boards including Te Kahui Rongoa Trust, The Digital WingsTrust, Te Paepae Arahi Trust, and Te Awhi Paa Trust), Jim Matheson (former senior manager with Ministry of Education, responsible for Ministry relationship with Parliament and with ministers; current trustee on NZ Drug Foundation Board; Tai Wananga Board; deputy chair of Te Reanga Ipurangi: Ōtaki Education Trust), and Kindra Douglas (member of Inspiring Communities; founding chair of the Nelson Tasman Project; former manager of the Victory Urban Village community development).


How much is the total available funding?

$1.03 million over three years, which is being allocated over the three priority areas.


How much money is allocated for emergency services and beach lifeguard services that now sits outside the social investment contestable funding process?

Approximately $88,000 is allocated to these core services.


What are the organisations that will be receiving funding for initiatives for 2018-2021?

  • Kapiti Youth Support: Funding for the He Kākano mentoring programme which aims to empower young people to increase their knowledge, develop skills and build confidence so that they are better able to problem solve, build social competence and resources to manage their relationship with peers, family and community.
  • Energise Ōtaki: Funding for capacity development of Energise Ōtaki for initiatives that address energy poverty, food to waste energy project and other community-led initiatives that deliver social outcomes for the Ōtaki community.
  • Māoriland Charitable Trust: Funding for tikanga Māori based, community led activities which enhance community connectedness and social entrepreneurship opportunities that enable people to positively change their lives.
  • Age Concern Kāpiti: Funding for the development and delivery of an action plan and programme to address social isolation.
  • Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki (umbrella organisation: Raukawa Marae Management Committee): Funding for capacity development of Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki to re-establish Te Ringa Manaaki ō Taaringaroa as a community hub which will enrich, support and deliver a host of community-led activities by and for whānau/ families, hapū and iwi with wider benefits to the community of Ōtaki.
  • Kāpiti Women’s Centre and Kāpiti Living Without Violence:  Funding to provide a joint service to reduce family violence and crime through crisis counselling and working holistically together to reach outcomes.
  • Volunteer Kāpiti and Kāpiti Impact Trust (KIT): Joint funding for the development and implementation of a specific programme to build the capacity of the sector.
  • Challenge 4 Change (umbrella organisation: KIT): Funding for an early intervention strengths based mentoring programme for 9 - 13 year olds.



Recommended funding

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3




Kapiti Youth Support





Energise Ōtaki





Māoriland Charitable Trust





Age Concern Kāpiti





Ngā Hapu o Ōtaki





Kāpiti Women’s Centre & Kāpiti Living Without Violence





Volunteer Kāpiti and Kāpiti Impact Trust





Kāpiti Impact Trust (Challenge 4 Change)





Funding allocation