District Economic Stimulus Fund

District Economic Stimulus Fund (DESF)

Westland District Council are calling for Applications to the District Economic Stimulus Fund.  A total of $20,000 is available for allocation.


  • Must meet DESF Criteria below.
  • Are open from Wednesday 19 May 2021 and will close Monday 21 June 2021.
  • Are to be lodged with Westland District Council, Private Bag 704, Hokitika 7842 or emailed to sarah.brown@westlanddc.govt.nz

The officer for enquiries is Sarah Brown, Community Development Advisor -  03 7569047


All projects and proposals must:

  • Comply with the Objects of the Development West Coast (DWC) Deed of Trust (“the Deed”);
  • Provide a minimum of 10% equity pursuant to the Deed;
  • Demonstrate how the project will promote employment opportunities and/or generate sustainable economic benefit for the District;
  • Demonstrate how the project will support business;
  • Must demonstrate leverage of additional funding from other sources;
  • Flow via the respective District Council.


The following projects/proposals will not be eligible for DESF Funding:

  • Projects that have received other DWC funding;
  • Feasibility studies;
  • Compliance and regulatory costs (eg. obtaining certification or resource consent);
  • Public/community projects, such as:
  • Sport and recreational facilities and buildings;
  • Community halls;
  • Theatres;
  • Museums;
  • Art Galleries;
  • Memorials.


Priority will be given to applications that:

  • Have employment opportunities as a direct effect of the distribution;
  • Leverage other funding.