Before You Apply

We have certain requirements that all applicants need to be able to meet. Where you are based, what your organisation's legal status is and financial requirements are all important. Please make sure that you read below to make sure you are eligible for Community Trust South funding.

We've also included handy information about closing dates for funding and how you can get answers to all those tricky funding questions. 

Are you based in our area?

We provide funding throughout the south covering Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas.

We can only consider applications from organisations or for projects outside of this area if there is a very clear and demonstrated benefit for our people and our communities.

Can You Apply?

Grants

To be considered for our grant funding your organisation needs to be:

  • An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust (check your registration at Societies & Trusts
  • A company with charitable purposes that  is registered with Charities Services 
  • Established under the Local Government Act 2002, Maori Trust Boards Act 1955 or Education Act 1989
  • Operating in our area

What if you aren’t a legal entity?

You can apply for up to $2,000 and you will need to have a set of rules, minutes of meetings and have a bank account in your group’s name. Otherwise you will need to work with a Funding Partner to apply – contact us to talk about your options.  

Scholarships

To be considered for our scholarship funding you need to be:

  • At least 15 years old
  • A New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident
  • Currently living in our area (including Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas) and have done so for three years or more

In addition, there are some specific requirements relating to each scholarship type.

Financial Statements and Audit Requirements

If your annual operating expenditure for your last financial year is: 

Greater than $1 million

Then we need your audited annual financial statements*

Greater than $500,000 and up to $1 million

Then we need your audited or reviewed annual financial statements*

$500,000 or below

Then we need your annual financial statements - these don't need to be audited or reviewed unless your organisation's Constitution or Trust Deed requires you to do so.

* Will need to be undertaken by an independent qualified accountant

Closing dates

General Grants

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision:
Up to 6 weeks for requests $2,000 & Under and $10,000 & Under
Up to 8 weeks for requests $100,000 & Under

Major Grants

$100,000 & OVER

Expressions of interest: Open 1 December 2018, Close 30 April 2019
Notification of decision: 30 May 2019

Full Applications (by invite only): Open 1 June 2019, Close 15 August 2019
Notification of decision: 21 November 2019

Guarantee Against Loss

Applications: Anytime
Notification of decision:
Up to 6 weeks for requests $2,000 & Under and $10,000 & Under
Up to 8 weeks for requests $100,000 & Under

Community Loans

Apply: By invitation only

Innovation Fund

Apply: Anytime up until 31 March 2019
Notification of decision: Up to 8 weeks

Regional Sports Organisations Fund

Applications: Open 1 November 2018, Close 15 February 2019
Notification of decision: April 2019

First Time Regional Sports Organisations 

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision: Up to 6 weeks

Sport, Art & Culture Premier Teams and Events Fund

Applications: Open 1 November 2018, Close 15 February 2019
Notification of decision: April 2019

Principals Discretionary Fund

Applications: Open 30 January 2019, Close 20 February 2019
Notification of decision: March 2019

Playground Funding

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision:
Up to 6 weeks for requests $2,000 & Under and $10,000 & Under
Up to 8 weeks for requests $100,000 & Under

Kapa Haka Uniforms

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision:
Up to 6 weeks for requests $2,000 & Under and $10,000 & Under
Up to 8 weeks for requests $100,000 & Under

Create

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision: Up to 6 weeks

Sport Scholarships

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision: Up to 6 weeks

Leadership Scholarships

Apply: Anytime
Notification of decision: Up to 6 weeks

* Our ability to process and assess applications in these timeframes is dependent on the number and complexity of applications at any one time.

Getting Help

We know applying for funding can be daunting, particularly if you haven’t applied before. Here are a few ways we can help. 

Community Visits

Our staff are often out and about in the community. If you need some funding advice or want to discuss your project or idea you can make a time to meet with us or we can arrange to come and see you. To find out when we are coming to your community see News & Events or follow us on Facebook.

Funding Information Sessions

We get together with other funders to hold funding information sessions – this is a chance to share your project with a range of funders and to understand more about the different funding opportunities available.  Head to our News & Eventsto find out when and where our next funding information sessions are being held or follow us on Facebook.

General Funding Queries & Assistance

We’re here to help so if you have anything you want to know or need help with please give us a call on 0800 500 185 or you can email your query to info@communitytrustsouth.nz

Helpful Resources

There are a range of useful links and resources available under Resources.