Who can apply?

Any non profit legal entity that meets one of the following criteria and is operating in our area can apply for a grant:

  • an incorporated society, 
  • an incorporated charitable trust, or
  • a company with charitable purposes which is registered with Charities Services.

(You can check your registration at either Societies & Trusts or the Charities Services

Non profit organisations established under the:

  • Local Government Act 2002
  • Maori Trust Boards Act 1955
  • Education Act 1989

 Please note:

  • Non-profit organisations that are unincorporated legal entities can apply for up to $2,000, otherwise they need to work with a Funding Partner (i.e. who must meet the eligibility criteria detailed above) to apply on their behalf.
  • Registration as a charity with Charities Services does not mean your entity is incorporated.
  • Organisations such as service clubs, school fundraising associations and ad hoc committees who raise funds for community purposes are not themselves eligible for a grant, although an application made on behalf of the intended recipient of the fundraising would be considered if they meet the above eligibility criteria.

Grants for projects outside of our area will not be considered unless there is a clear, demonstrated community benefit to the people of Southland.

Who can't apply?

The following types of organisations are not eligible to apply for grant funding:

  • Commercial and for profit;
  • Political or Advocacy/Lobby Groups;
  • Individuals (although individuals may be able to apply for scholarships).

Where we fund

We provide funding throughout the Southern region from Stewart Island to Glenorchy, Te Anau to Tapanui and all the places in between.

Click here for a more detailed overview of our funding area.

How often can you apply?

An organisation is only eligible for one grant within a 12month period, however if an application is submitted and declined, this will not preclude another different application from the same organisation within a 12 month period. The following exceptions however apply:

  • Funding partner organisations which are making applications on behalf of other groups;
  • Schools which are eligible to receive Principals Discretionary Funding may also apply for playground funding.
  • Innovation fund applicants.

Other funders

You can find out about other funders here.

The Community Trust of Southland is committed to the safety and protection of children and young people. This commitment means that we will help to raise awareness of this issue amongst the organisations that we grant to and encourage organisations, through a range of supporting activities funded by the Trust, to have appropriate policy and practices in place - find out more here