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On April 30th 2018 Otago Community Trust launched its new Grants Portal.  The portal will give you greater visibility of the funding process. You will be able to view applications in progress, grants approved and payments made and be able to complete the post-grant accountability all in one place.

Before you start - What you need to know

1. Existing / Returning Users

Existing / returning users will need to access the new Otago Community Trust Grants Portal with the email address that you have previously used when submitting an application to the Trust. Your user name is your e-mail address, click re-set or create password and you will be sent a password.

If you don't know or can't remember that email address, please contact us and we will check your organisation details for you. We might need you to send us an email at - so we can check our records. 

It is important to note that a registration is linked to a person and not an organisation. You will need to register as a new user if you have not applied before with your email address. We can then link you to the organisation that has previously applied to us.

2. New Users

If your organisation has never applied to Otago Community Trust before, first ensure that your organisation is eligible for a grant from the Trust. Our website has clear information on Who we FundWhat we Fund, How we Fund and What we do not generally fund.

In order to be considered for funding we need to know a little more about your organisation; please complete our New Organisation Eligibility Quiz.  If you are eligible you will be taken to our Registration Form.  Please complete all the questions and submit your request. 

It is important to note that there is no save option at this stage of the registration process you need to fully complete this step.

Your New User log-in details will be emailed to you.


To help you through the process you can download our Applying Online Guide HERE


You are Ready to Apply

Work your way through the online application, answering all questions as you go. 

Remember to save your application regularly, as the forms do not auto-save.

The questions in the new online applications are very similar to those you have answered before.

We do have a Handy Tips section on the new Grants Portal and encourage you to read this.

Before you submit your application: 

  • double-check you have completed your application questions fully;
  • ensure you have included / uploaded all the supporting documents required, you won't be able to submit your application if you have missing information;
  • make sure you have copies handy of any hard-copy documents you send as we may ask questions about these

We recognise that any changes can take some time to get used to. In order to help you get to know the new Grants Portal and new online application process we will be preparing a user guide to support your transition.

If you experience any issues with your online application please call us on freephone 0800 10 12 40 or email


Start your application now