The Otago Community Trust has two Capability Funds – “Social Services” and Art & Culture”.
Social Services Capability Fund – this fund is aimed at strengthening the systems of service delivery for not-for-profit Social Service Organisations across Otago. Organisations may apply for up to $5,000 for assistance with social services capability building.
Art & Culture Capability Fund – this fund is jointly run with the Dunedin City Council and is only available to Arts & Culture organisations based in the Dunedin City boundary. Organisations may apply for up to $10,000 for assistance with arts capability building.
Building skills and abilities in organisations (both at management and/or governance level);
Development of business planning which supports long term sustainability;
Development of collaborative partnerships which contribute to financial sustainability and innovation.
Examples of Capability Building Projects
Developing systems or processes that improve the governance and/or operational effectiveness of an organisation;
Developing and using decision making tools such as strategic plans, feasibility studies, evaluation frameworks, communications or marketing / promotional plans;
Increasing an organisation’s impact in its community, strategy development and/or to deepen/strengthening relationships;
Building strategic partnerships with other organisations;
Professional development and training for management, staff, governance groups and volunteers including succession planning;
Quality improvement such as examining organisational policies and practices.
Increasing capability by hiring staff for regular operations;
Capital expenditure (construction, renovations or repairs, assets such as computers);
Subsidising shortfalls or other operational funding;
Allowances, wages or personal expenses for staff, governance groups or volunteers.
Capability Funding is a contestable fund, available annually.
Social Services close end of July, with outcomes announced in September;
Art & Culture closes at the end of September, with outcomes announced early December.
Applying for capability building assistance does not prevent organisations from making a regular donation application to the Otago Community Trust or a grant funding application to the Dunedin City Council.
For further information or if you are planning a larger capability building project please call us on 0800 10 12 40 or email firstname.lastname@example.org