Our General Grants - $100,000 & Under

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects, organisations, services and events that help us to support thriving communities.

We have a simplified process for applications requesting $10,000 and under and decisions are generally made within 6 weeks of receiving your application.

Applications requesting $100,000 and under involve a more detailed process and decisions can take up to 8 weeks from receiving your application.   

Apply: Anytime

We offer a range of other Special Funding Programmes which have separate application forms and processes including:

  • Innovation Fund
  • Regional Sports Organisation Fund
  • Sports, Art and Culture Premier Teams and Events Fund
  • Principals Discretionary Fund
  • Schools and early childhood and  playground funding
  • Kapa haka uniform funding

If you have any further questions about applying for a general grant ring 0800 500 185 or email dianne@communitytrustsouth.nz

Can you apply?

Non-profit organisations that are a legal entity and operating in our area can apply including:

  • An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust. You can check if you are incorporated at Societies & Trusts 
  • A company with charitable purposes that is registered with Charities Services
  • Entities established under the Local Government Act 2002, Maori Trust Boards Act 1955 or Education Act 1989

(Registration with Charities Services doesn’t mean your organisation is a legal entity)

Who can't apply?

  • Commercial and for profit organisations
  • Political or advocacy/lobby groups

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.   

What we fund

Our grants support a wide range of projects, programmes, facilities, services and events across our four pillars. 

Health, Wellbeing & Active Lifestyles

Working with communities to ensure people participate, are supported, empowered and cared for.

Art, Heritage & Culture

Working with communities to ensure people participate, celebrate, and preserve our arts, heritage and culture.

Education

Working with communities to ensure every person has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Community Development & Economic Development

 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.

What we don't fund

  • More than one approved application within a 12 month period
  • Projects/activities outside our area unless there is a clear benefit to our community
  • Repeat requests for the same project such as  increases in project costs or funding shortfalls
  • Projects that have already commenced or have been completed
  • Events or activities that are primarily being held to fundraise
  • Projects that are primarily for private/personal financial benefit
  • Religious instruction, lobbying or education
  • Travel, accommodation and uniforms for sports teams
  • Mowers and other items of capital maintenance equipment for golf and bowling clubs
  • Curriculum activities in schools
  • Boarding school hostels
  • School capital projects (excluding playgroups) and maintenance items
  • Centenaries, jubilees and reunions
  • Earthquake strengthening
  • Debt repayments
  • Sponsorships
  • Endowments

Types of grants

Project Grants

These grants are for specific one-off community projects and generally are between 25-30% of the total project costs.

Operating Grants

These grants are not restricted to a specific project or programme but are for the ongoing day to day costs of running an organisation. Generally they are up to 15% of an organisation’s total annual expenses.

You can also apply for a one-off project grant, but you will need to do this at the same time and on separate application forms.

Multi-Year Operating Grants

These are by invitation only and generally our support is for three years. 

A three-year funding commitment means that it isn’t necessary for you to submit a formal application every year, as funding for Years 2 and 3 is approved in principle and is confirmed each year subject to you submitting accountability reporting.

How to apply

You can receive one grant within 12 months, but if your application is declined you can apply for a different project. The exceptions to this are:

  • Funding Partner organisations making applications on behalf of other groups.
  • Schools who, as well as receiving Principals Discretionary Funding, can also apply for playground funding, kapa haka uniforms or other projects

You can apply anytime for requests under $100,000, but you need to apply before the project has started as we don’t fund projects that have already happened.

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.

As part of your application you will be asked to identify your project’s intended outcomes (the changes or differences you expect your project to make) and, if your application is successful, you will be asked to explain in you accountability reporting whether you were successful. For applications requesting:

  • $10,000 & Under you will need to provide at least one outcome
  • $100,000 & Under you will need to provide at least two outcomes

Register or Apply Now

How we assess applications

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you are able to apply. Our grants staff then review and asses your application to help trustees to make an informed decision and often we'll contact you to ask further questions about your application.

What we look for 

Depending on the size of your request and nature of project, we'll assess your application against some or all of the following:

  • Project alignment with our strategic plan
  • A clear understanding of the identified need, gap or opportunity supported by evidence
  • Awareness of current and future trends in the field the application relates to, such as community demographics
  • Degree to which the project complements other existing initiatives
  • Level of community benefit - projects for the exclusive benefit of a limited number of people will be a lower priority
  • Applicant commitment to the project
  • Credibility and capability of the organisation and ability to deliver
  • Strength of community support
  • Demonstrated connections, consultation and/or partnerships such as  with communities, between organisations, across levels within sectors or across sectors
  • Demonstrated need for funding and provision of a comprehensive and realistic budget
  • Extent that other funding sources have been explored and secured
  • Ongoing viability and sustainability of the project in the longer term
  • Extent that the project demonstrates value for money i.e. extent of community benefit relative to level of grant funding sought
  • Extent of understanding of the likely outcomes and community benefit (i.e. who, how many and likely changes) and how this will be measured
  • Project responsibility
  • Risks associated with project

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.

Our trustees make the final decisions on all applications.

When will you hear back?

Notification of decisions

$10,000 & Under

It takes up to 6 weeks for a decision.

$100,000 & Under

It takes up to 8 weeks for a decision. 

Generally, we are able to meet these timeframes but sometimes when we have a lot of applications, more complex applications or if we haven’t got all the information we need then it may take longer.

Types of decisions

Approved

If your grant is approved it generally includes conditions that need to be met before your grant can be uplifted.

Deferred

Sometimes we need more information before we can fully consider your application or make a decision.

DeCLINED

We will give you a reason why your application was not successful.

The contact person in your application will receive an email letting them know our decision and if your application is successful, the email will outline the amount approved and any funding conditions.

Read Managing Your Funding for more information.

Check out what we've funded lately

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