New Community-Led Development Programme announced

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Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo Goodhew has announced a new Community-Led Development Programme (CLDP).

The new programme will be phased in over three years, replacing the Community Development Scheme and the Community-Led Development pilot.

According to the Department of Internal Affairs "Funding for existing Community Development Scheme projects will continue for the full period of their grants."

Ms Goodhew said “As the pilot Community Led Development Programme draws to a close on 30 June, it is timely to announce the CLDP which will build on the pilot’s success and facilitate a larger number of communities taking a similar approach.”

Communities of place, interest or attribute who receive funding through the new programme will partner with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), other government agencies, local government, private funders, businesses and local iwi to achieve their goals. The programme will provide support for up to five years through DIA advisory support and investment of Crown funds.

The Programme's key elements include:

  • "Paid community development workers;
  • A partnership approach and a joint commitment to adhere to Community–Led Development principles;
  • Promotion of community leadership;
  • Intensive advisory support from Internal Affairs;
  • Holistic and flexible funding;
  • Wide community engagement and support; and
  • Sustainable and measurable action plans to support progress of the collective community vision."

DIA expects to invite expressions of Interest starting in September 2016. 

More information will be released on the DIA website:


The Community-led fund is now inviting communities to indicate interest. For more information see the Community-Led Development Programme webpage and information on the how the programme works.