We offer major grant rounds subject to our investment returns, capital rebuild and our annual grants budget. We decide annually whether a major grants round will be held in our next financial year. There will not be a major grants round for 2022.
Major grant rounds are announced as widely as possible, so we encourage you to keep an eye on our News & Events and follow us on Facebook.
These grants are for applications requesting over $75,000 and are for significant community projects and services that help us to support thriving communities.
There is a two-stage application process:
If your organisation is considering or planning a major future capital project and would be requesting funding over $75,000, you can let us know through Heads Up.
Non-profit organisations that are a legal entity and operating in our area - Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas can apply including;
(Registration with Charities Services does not mean your organisation is a legal entity)
The following organisations can't apply:
Major grants support significant community projects that strongly align with at least one or more of our funding priorities, that are about the people, communities and activities we want our funding to support. Your application will be stronger if you can meet some of these.
Working with communities to ensure people participate, are supported, empowered and cared for.
Working with communities to ensure people participate, celebrate, and preserve our arts, heritage and culture.
Working with communities to ensure every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Working with communities to ensure they are connected, successful, resilient and dynamic.
Within these four pillars we have specific priorities we want our funding to support, and your application will be stronger if you can meet some of these.
Please see Our Strategic Vision for details on our priorities in each pillar.
Check out Our Grant & Scholarship Recipients to see what we’ve funded recently.
Expression of Interest - Now Closed
Applications are made online and if you haven’t applied before you need to register by providing your name, organisation and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment.
Once registered you can log in anytime to start an application or to access your application 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.
Major Grants is a two stage process, after submitting your Expression of Interest you will need to be invited to complete the full application.
We carry out an initial review of your EOI to make sure you can apply. After considering all EOIs, decisions are made by trustees on which organisations and projects will be invited to submit a full application.
Our staff review your application to help trustees to make an informed decision.
We’ll contact you to ask further questions about your project and also:
We aim to treat and assess all applications fairly, based on their individual merits and in the context of other grants being considered and funding available. There is generally a lot of interest in our Major Grants Rounds and we generally receive a large number of applications creating pressure on the limited funding available. Trustees will carefully consider any project against the Trust’s current priorities. It is important to note that capital projects are currently only a priority when strong evidence can be provided that they will stimulate recovery and/or have a community or regional social or economic outcome, i.e. create or retain jobs or leverage additional funding into the region.
Our trustees make the final decision on all applications.
If you've been invited to submit a Major Grant application 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.