Tauranga City Council has set aside $30,000 so iwi and hapu can tell officials how they want land in their tribal areas developed.
The information will help the local governing body put together documents such as its city plan.
The management fund gives iwi the chance to detail their aspirations for land use, including papakainga or extended family homestead development and sites of significance.
Local tribes have until mid August to apply for the money.
The council says the fund will help foster better relationships with iwi and hapu, and help them become more proactive.
Its kaiarahi Maori or Maori advisor, Keren Paekau, hopes tribes will take advantage of the fund.
She says the information provided by iwi - will help ensure the council and tribes are on the same page about the way land should be used in the future.