General Grants - $5,000 and Under

Submissions are now being accepted.

About general grants

Who can apply?

Any incorporated non profit legal entity currently registered with the Companies Office and operating in our area can apply for a grant including:

  • 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 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 our area will not be considered unless there is a clear, demonstrated community benefit to the people of our region.

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.

What we don't fund 

While we try to help as many organisations and projects as possible, there are some things that we don’t fund through grants or that are not current priorities for Community Trust funding, these are detailed on our website.

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.

Before you begin please read this information - it will help make applying easier and quicker 

1. Uploading Supporting Documents/Attachments

You will need to have the following documents/information as these need to be uploaded as part of your application (where applicable)  

  • AGM minutes, or if no AGM your latest Committee/Meeting minutes relevant to the application.
  • latest annual financial statements.
  • for one off projects - quotes (if applicable).
  • your organisation’s bank account name and number and verification (i.e. bank coded deposit slip or bank verified account details)
  • for operating grants - annual operating budget for the forthcoming year
  • any other supporting documents you may wish to provide.

2. Navigating (Moving Through) The Form

On the right hand side of every screen you will see a navigation box which links directly to each page of the application – click the link to move directly to the page you want.

To move forward or backward through the application click 'next page' or 'previous page'.

Remember to save often so that you don’t lose any information you’ve entered – just click on ‘save progress’ at the top or bottom of each page.

3. Saving Your Draft Application

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you’ll find a list of any started or submitted applications. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download' button at the bottom of the application navigation panel.

4. Submitting Your Application

There is a ‘Review and Submit’ button at the bottom of the navigation box. You need to review your application before you can submit it i.e. you will not be able to submit your application until all required questions (marked with an *) are completed. Once reviewed you can submit your application by clicking on 'Submit' at the top of the screen or on the navigation box.

Once submitted, no further editing of your application or uploading of support material is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. If you don't receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your application has NOT been submitted.

5. Completing An Application In A Group/Team

A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. But do ensure you save as you go.

6. Further Help

You can download the Help Guide for Applicants or don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 500 185 during office hours (Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pmor email info@ctos.org.nz