Find Other Funding

Local & other funders

There are a range of other local funding opportunities in the south, as well as nationwide. But before applying make sure you check out their priorities and the types of organisations and projects they fund as they may be different to ours.


Invercargill Licensing Trust

ILT Foundation

Mataura Licensing Trust

Clutha Licensing Trust

Central Lakes Trust

Aotearoa Gaming Trust 

Department of Internal Affairs

Perpetual Guardian

Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu

Active Southland - Tū Manawa Active Aotearoa

Clutha Foundation


Department of Internal Affairs' Hāpai Hapori - funding calendar

Working Together More Fund

Funding support for Māori Organisations:

Ministry for Pacific Peoples - have a range of funding for Pacific communities, youth and providers



Community Trusts

We are one of 12 Community Trusts throughout the country and for information about funding opportunities available through other community trusts visit one of the following:

South Island

Useful Resources

Charities Amendment Act - Explanatory Booklet

The Charities Amendment Act 2023 came into force on 5 October 2023 and with the support of some generous philanthropic funding, there has been a booklet created for charities on what they need to know about the changes. The booklet can be found here


The Sports NZ Inclusivity Hub provides a range of resources for organisations and individuals wanting to start or progress on their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) learning journey.

Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Business Continuity Plan

Prepare your organisation to get through a disruption. Follow the steps in the Business Continuity Plan to identify the essential actions required and make a plan in advance.

More information on the Emergency Management Southland website.


Impact Investing Network

If you would like to learn more about impacting investing in Aotearoa New Zealand please visit https://www.impactinvestingnetwork.nz/ecosystem

Good Governance Code - Community Governance Aotearoa

The Community Governance Aotearoa Trust have launched a 'Good Governance Code'.

The Good Governance Code will help guide you through what good governance looks like in Aotearoa New Zealand. More than half a million people serve on the boards of community organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand and the aim is to create a Code of Good Practice for the governance of community organisations in Aotearoa.

Getting your governance right means you will be best placed to achieve the ambitions of your organisation and serve your community. You will have capable, diverse, and engaged board members who can access the code to help our community sector govern well.

Click here to download the Good Governance Code.

Climate Action Shared Resource and Tika Transition Framework

Climate Action Aotearoa has proudly launched a ‘Shared Resource’ and Tika Transition framework to help funders along their climate action journeys. The resource contains a substantial amount of information and encourages users to make the framework their own.

After launching the Funders Commitment, the first action of Climate Action Aotearoa was to create a shared online resource for funders. The resource provides guidance towards a just, equitable and tika transition that reflects our unique Aotearoa context.

Being tika is about taking right action. A tika transition is about embracing tikanga Māori as a source of solutions and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Associate Professor Maria Bargh, 2019).

The shared resource sets out the principles of a tika transition, provides a guide towards a tika transition for each of the seven funder commitments and is packed full of useful information and examples of positive action relating to:

An exploration of climate change and its effects

Actions towards balance on local to international scales

Realising the seven funder commitments

Guidance and resources are also provided on how to implement a tika transition in key aspects of philanthropy: governance, strategy, investment, grantmaking and operations.

“The web-based Shared Resource aims to provide relevant Climate Action intelligence, policy, and implementation guidance to the philanthropy sector as well as helpful information for the community sector,” says Linn Araboglos, Chief Executive of Wellington Community Fund, who chairs the working group. “We believe it will help to inspire co-ordinated and impactful climate action within our regions across Aotearoa.”

We invite you to start your own Tika Transition journey by exploring our shared resource here: www.climateactionaotearoa.co.nz/resources-home

For more information about our commitment to Climate Action please click here

Incorporated Societies Act 2022 - Information Hub

ParryField Lawyers 

Incorporated Societies Act 2022: Information Hub
Kia ora,
We’ve created this Information Hub because all 23,000 Incorporated Societies are going to need to take action under the new Incorporated Societies Act 2022.  Here you will find articles, guides, videos, FAQs, links to upcoming free seminars and more so you can be empowered to take the right next steps.  Check out our other resources too, like the free Charities Legal Handbook and monthly Impact Calls.

We welcome your questions and there is an FAQ with dozens of questions and answers on our website.

Ngā mihi nui
Steven Moe
Member of Charities Services Sector Group, XRB Advisory Panel, EHF Fellow
021 761 292

What to expect from the Incorporated Societies Bill changes

Community Networks Aotearoa Announcement

What to expect from the Incorporated Societies Bill changes...

The Incorporated Societies Bill is soon to become an Act.

Once it passes its third reading in parliament, all that's required is the signature of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro.

The New Zealand Companies Office, which holds the Register of Incorporated Societies has released a simple, and informative document on the key changes contained in the current draft bill.

These are yet to be finalised, but CNA expects little to no change.

Points include:

  • Review how members apply to join their society
  • Members will need to consent to become a member of a society.
    • Societies will need to make sure their processes include asking for, and recording, that consent.
  • Review their committee and officers
    • Each society will need to have a governing body (for example, a committee), it won’t be enough just to have officers.
  • The new law will specify who qualifies to be an officer of a society. 
  • At least 3 officers must be members of the society.
  • Each society will be required to have a contact person whom the Registrar of Incorporated Societies can contact when necessary.
  • Comply with new financial reporting standards
  • Ensure they have documented dispute resolution procedures
  • Review and update their rules
    • You may need to add some new rules or change existing ones so that they match the new requirements.
  • Reregister their incorporated society
    • Currently, the deadline for re-registering with all requirements is Dec, 2024.

CNA will be releasing easy-to-follow steps on what you need to do, where you can go find help, and the deadlines you need to know about.

For more information visit the NZ Companies Office


Community Governance NZ Board Talks 2024

Supporting community governance in Aotearoa

Supporting community governance in Aotearoa.
Te tautoko i ngā mana whakahaere hapori ki Aotearoa.

We're here to support great governance of community organisations across Aotearoa.

Find out more at Community Governance

Strategic Planning - Community Net Aotearoa

Strategic Planning - Community Net Aotearoa

Information about the strategic planning process, analysis tools, and drawing up your strategy. Strategic planning involves defining what you want your group to achieve and making decisions on the best way to get it done.


The Charity Handbook

Charities Services have developed resources to help with the governance and day-to-day running of organisations.

The Charity Handbook has been designed to help charities keep track of the information they need to run their charity.

Download The Charity Handbook 

Chairing the Board - Video Toolkit

Centre for Social Impact has created a new series of four videos that aims to help those who are new to the Chair role and to prepare people who may aspire to take on the position. 

These videos are part of the National Action Plan for Community Governance, created by a group of organisations and community leaders to create resources to support people in board roles in community organisations. The Action Plan has six key outcome areas, one of which is that ‘All Boards are well chaired’.

There is currently little support available to Chairs for the technical knowledge and skill development needed to be an effective Chair. The Plan addresses this initially with free on-line training sessions that will be available to new and aspiring Chairs.

The content for these videos was created with the input of more than 30 experienced board chairs, based on their experiences about what they wished they knew when they got their first chair role. 

The Chairing the Board video toolkit  was launched via Zoom event on 14 April with a line-up of expert speakers and a panel discussion for new and aspiring Chairs of community organisations.







The videos can be accessed here:

  1. Back to Basics 
    This first video is about getting back to basics.  They key things you need to know to get started as Chair – what the role is all about and how to chair a great meeting. 
  2. Board Dynamics
    This second video is about the dynamics around the board table and your role as Chair about ensuring the board gets on and gets working.
  3. Getting Strategic
    This third video is all about your role in helping your board be strategic and develop a great strategy.
  4. Focus on Process
    This fourth and final video is all about your role leading risk, compliance and other good board processes.

Developing Data Capability in Your Not-for-Profit

Smarty Grants created Developing Data Capability in Your Not-for-Profit to help guide you through the six types of data that not-for-profit organisations most often work with — such as fundraising data and program data — and what you can actually do with that data.

It’s a framework intended to be used as a preliminary resource to help get your organisation thinking about data before embarking on data projects.


Keeping our children and young people safe

We are committed to the safety and protection of children and young people and our commitment means we will:

  • Help to raise awareness of this issue amongst the organisations that we support
  • Encourage all organisations to have appropriate policy and practices in place

Resources, Guides & Other Support information


Vulnerable Children Act 2014

This Act helps to protect young people and makes sure services and funded providers have child protection policies and processes.

Child Matters

Is a charitable trust that works throughout New Zealand, educating, supporting and inspiring adults to protect children. They have a range of resources, training and other useful information on their website.

  • Safer organisations safer children - contains good practice advice for organisations about developing high quality child protection policies for identifying and responding to child vulnerability in response to requirements in the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
  • Safe Sport for Children - provides information on how sports organisations can reduce the risk of harm to participating children

Need help with completing your performance report and annual return?

Courtesy of Charities Services this very useful resource is aimed at helping Tier 4 charities to complete their performance reports and annual returns.

How to complete your performance report and annual return


Outcomes and Evaluation

Setting your outcomes is a great user friendly 4 page resource which explains what outcomes are and how to write them.

The following websites contain useful information, resources and tools to help with understanding your impact and how you can develop and measure your outcomes.  

What Works

The What Works website aims to help community groups to show the value of their work by helping people gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes. If you need to reflect on your work, demonstrate effectiveness and keep improving your practice, then What Works is for you.

Evaluation Support Scotland

Their website offers a range of useful evaluation tools including how to set your project's outcomes or how to develop a logic model.


Result Based Accountability (RBA)

RBA offers a practical way in which organisations can evaluate the results of their programmes. A number of government agencies are also preferring that the service providers they are contracting with use RBA as it tracks impact at both ‘performance' (how well something was delivered) and ‘population' levels (the ‘real world' effects).

Asset Maintenance & Management Plans

If you are applying to us for a grant over $75,000 towards a project that involves capital works, the purchase of a building, structure or land, as part of the application we’ll ask you to include an Asset Management and Maintenance Plan.

About Asset Maintenance and Management Plans

Asset Maintenance and Management Plan Template

Governance information for new officers

Courtesy of Charities Services this resource is great for new officers of a charity and helps with understanding your various responsibilities.

Governance information for new officers

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Emily Jagoutz