Funding for Individuals


In 2019, the Trust commissioned, in partnership with the Koha Kai Charitable Trust, an external evaluation to identify and document the outcomes associated with Koha Kai and to support Koha Kai to become more sustainable.

Community Trust South has been a significant funder of Koha Kai since 2017, initially through its Innovation Fund and more recently through general granting.

Community Trust South would like to acknowledge the support of Janice Lee, her team and all the trainees, whānau and stakeholders who participated in this evaluation.

Thank you also to Sue Quinn of Te Pūtahitanga and her evaluation team for the work on this report.

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Summary Report - view

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Full Evaluation Report

Sport Scholarships

We provide this funding to all 96 primary, intermediate and secondary schools in our area so school students are supported to achieve their potential.

The fund is made up of three parts:

Part A

Enables students experiencing financial hardship to participate in school activities.

Part B

Supports schools to raise student achievement, address inequalities and/or reduce barriers to participation across specific education, sport, art and culture priorities of the Trust.

Part C

Enables schools and students in isolated areas to have equity of opportunity to take part in educational, sporting and cultural opportunities.

Total Fund: $600,000 per annum

Principals Discretionary Fund - Snapshot

The following snapshots highlight the activities funding, the number of students benefiting and outcomes achieved from the Fund.

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PDF Snapshot 2019

PDF Snapshot 2018

PDF Snapshot 2017

PDF Snapshot 2016

Community Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships encourage and develop leadership potential and capacity in our community and in community organisations by supporting people to enhance their skill and knowledge.

Total fund: $20,000 per annum

Apply:  Anytime - but you do need to apply before your activity has started

Can You Apply?

Applications are accepted from people who are:

  • At least 15 years of age
  • New Zealand citizens or a permanent resident
  • Currently living in our area - Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas and have done so for three years or more
  • Working in or significantly involved in a:
    • community organisation
    • Iwi/Maori organisations
    • not for profit organisation in our area

You will need to:

  • Have some leadership experience and be either an emerging leader or mid-career leader
  • Have the support of your organisation such as your Manager, CEO, Executive Committee or Governance Board
  • Show evidence of your:
    • personal character and capacity for leadership
    • accomplishments and commitment and motivation to the community non-profit sector and to serve the our area
    • community involvement in our area such as membership of external organisations, committees or boards

You can only receive one leadership scholarship in a 12-month period and a lifetime maximum of five Leadership Scholarships.

What We Fund

Funding can cover such things as course fees and related administration costs, costs incurred in transport and travel for study or course materials.

Types of programmes/courses considered include:

  • Leadership workshops and courses
  • University of Otago Executive Education Programmes
  • Outward Bound or Aoraki Bound
  • Graduate Diploma in Not For Profit Management
  • Leadership New Zealand programmes
  • NZ Institute of Management and Leadership programmes

What We Don't Fund

  • People applying:
    • from outside our area
    • as an employee or councillor of local government or as an employee of a central government department or agency (including schools and school boards).
    • as part of a Service Club
    • from a for profit organization
  • People already participating in a leadership related programme/ course
  • Trustees and staff of Community Trust South and their immediate families including: partners, parents, children, step children, grandchildren, grandparents and siblings interest
  • Retrospective projects and activities i.e. an activity that had already started or completed
  • Professional development without a leadership focus
  • Professional development deemed to be the responsibility of your organisation or employer

How To Apply

If you are under 18 years of age you will need to include a completed Parent/Guardian Consent form as part of their application.

Applications are made online and if you haven’t applied before you need to register by providing your name and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment.

Once registered you can log in at any time to start an application or to access it again later, so you can work on it over time. 

To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.

Apply now

How We Assess Applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply and our staff then review your application to help trustees to make an informed decision.

We may also contact you to ask further questions about your project or application.

When Will You Hear Back?

It takes up to 8 weeks for a decision to be made and you’ll be sent an email telling you the outcome.

If your application is successful, the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions. Read our Managing Your Funding for more information.

If your application is unsuccessful the email will outline the reasons for your application being declined.

If you have any further questions about our community leadership scholarships ring 0800 500 185 or email