Capacity Building

The Selwyn District Council is committed to building community capability and capacity within our District. We look to support our local not-for-profits, community groups, organisations and clubs by offering support in developing their skillsets to help them operate in our district.

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Future Topics and Events

Grant Writing


Volunteer Management

Event planning


Social media

If you have any ideas on topics that you would like to see, contact the team at

Online Resources

Selwyn District Council Webinar Series

As part of Selwyn District Council's capacity building initiative, the team has been hosting a wide range of informative webinars covering topics such as Online Purchasing and eCommerce for business, supporting older persons during Covid-19, funding and much more. Each of these webinars have been recorded and uploaded to Council's YouTube channel under the Webinar playlist. These can be viewed at any time.

NZ Navigator

NZ Navigator is an online self-assessment designed for community organisations to assess themselves across nine domains of operation including governance, strategic direction, finances, people management and communications.

Try out this tool out to assess how you can enhance your skillsets and continue to provide great services for your community!

CommunityNet Aotearoa

CommunityNet Aotearoa is an online hub where you can find and share resources designed to strengthen community organisations.

Looking through Google search results and browsing multiple websites can be time consuming and frustrating. CommunityNet Aotearoa puts quality resources in one place making it easy for community organisations to search and discover the best resources for them.

An easy search function on the homepage helps you quickly find what you are looking for and you can add your favourite resources to your Toolkit.

Volunteering Canterbury

Through this link you will find a number of free resources that will assist on all things volunteering. These resources will can help you whether you are a volunteer yourself or a manager/leader of volunteers.

The topics covered are Volunteer Management, Not For Profit Management and other articles of interest.

Generosity NZ is the largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa. They have created three search tools that connect people to funding opportunities.

Selwyn District Council Libraries have free access to this useful tool. If you'd like to know more about the funding options available for you or your organisation, head down to one of the local Selwyn Libraries and give this tool a go.

Useful Documents

The Selwyn Event Planning Guide [PDF, 8019 KB] is designed to help you plan your events. This Event Planning Guide is partnered with Event Planning Resources, a book full of checklists and forms that will act as useful tools when you're planning your events. Together, this toolkit takes the stress out of event planning and provides you with a step-by-step guide to success!