Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity
The Community Trust South is pleased to announce an open call for its General Grants Program.
They offer a range of other special funding programmes which have separate application forms and processes including:
- Regional Sports Organisation Fund
- Compete Fund
- Principals Discretionary Fund
- Schools and early childhood and playground funding
- Kapa haka uniform funding
- Funding for Individuals
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.
- 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.
Types of Grants
- These grants are for specific one-off community projects.
- For projects with total project costs of under $20,000 a grant of between 15-40% will generally be considered
- For projects with total project costs of over $20,000 a grant of between 20-30% will generally be considered
- The Trust will approve only one project grant for an organisation made under general grants, within any 12-month period
- 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 from time to time, but you will need to do this at the same time as your operating grant and on a separate application form.
Multi-Year Operating Grants
- These are by invitation only and generally their 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.
- Grants of up to $75,000 are available for projects, organisations, services and events that help them to support thriving communities.
- They 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 between $10,000 and $75,000 involve a more detailed process and decisions can take up to 8 weeks from receiving your application.
What they look for?
- Project alignment with their 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
Non-profit organisations that are a legal entity and operating in their area – Southland, Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas can apply including:
- An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust
- A company with charitable purposes that is registered with Charities Services
- Non profit organisations established under the Local Government Act 2002, Maori Trust Boards Act 1955 or Education Act 1989
- 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.
- Commercial and for profit organisations
- Political or advocacy/lobby groups
For mor information, visit Community Trust South.
For more information, visit https://www.communitytrustsouth.nz/what-we-fund/general-grants/