Community Grants

The Havelock Mussel Festival Incorporated is a registered charity.

One of our objectives is to provide grants to community organisations for charitable purposes, servicing the Rai Valley, Canvastown, Havelock, Okaramio, Linkwater, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sound area, including those organisations that provide:

  • Emergency rescue services,

  • Public amenities, recreation facilities and activities.

  • Public works and services,

  • Services for the protection of the environment,

  • Services for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or  Health and Education

At the close of every financial year after the accountant and auditor have reviewed the financial position of the festival, the committee meet and decide whether a grants process is possible.

A grants process is only possible if the festival has made a profit, that profit is then used for community grants.

We have donated over $315,000 back into the community.

Unfortunately, there were no grants from the 2024 festival. 

2023 Grant Recipients

After the 2023 event, we were able to give back over $15,000 to the local community. See a list of the below of 2023 Grant Recipients for 2023: 

  • Canvastown School

  • Havelock Bowling Club

  • Havelock Museum

  • Havelock Vision

  • Link Pathway Trust

  • Linkwater School

  • Ngakuta Bay C.A.

  • Mt Takorika Track

  • NZ Remembrance Army

  • REAP-Rai Learner Driver Training

  • Tennyson Inlet Boat Club

  • Waitaria Bay School

Please note:

The committee reserves the final discretionary right to approve grant applications. 

On approval of a Havelock Mussel Festival Incorporated Community Grant, the applicant must provide within six months, receipts for proof of purchase for audit purposes. This is to prove that the grant has been used for the purpose in which it was intended.
This information should be emailed to

Historic grants

Below is a list of grants that we have donated back into the community.
It is not the complete list, the list only goes back as far as we have digital records.