The Aotearoa Gaming Trust (formerly Southern Trust) is a proud funding sponsor of a full range of community groups and charitable causes. The Trust provides funding to amateur sport, education, community purposes, welfare organizations and arts and culture.
New Zealand Community Trust primary focus is sport but they also provide funds for charitable purposes such as rescue and life-saving services, education, health, the arts, cultural and community groups.
The Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation provides funding to any charitable or philantropic organisation this includes cultural, amateur sporting, bona fide youth or education organisations.
The Dunedin Casinos Charitable Trust invites applications for grants from charitable organisations in the Dunedin and Otago region in November and May each year.
The Dunedin City Council has grants covering a wide range of areas; heritage projects, biodiversity, environmental and waste minimisation projects, arts, events and community support. For information on the grants and grant criteria go to:
Otago Regional Council contributes $250,000.00 every year to the ECO Fund, and this is split into two funding rounds. The ECO Fund supports community-driven projects that protect, enhance and promote Otago's environment.
Community Group Grants (CGG) have been established by Waitaki District Council to assist non-profit organisations and groups based in the Waitaki District with projects. A project may include one-off programmes, services or activities that benefit the community.
Clutha District Council has a number of different funding schemes to access to assist non-profit organisations and groups based in the Clutha District.
Central Otago District supports a number of initiatives each year through community grants. The grant funds are allocated to initiatives that meet identified community needs and strengthen communities.
The Todd Foundation is a philanthropic family foundation. They provide funding and support to organisations that add to their vision of ‘An inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand where all families, children and young people can thrive and contribute’.
The J R McKenzie Trust is a philanthropic family trust that has been grantmaking in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1940. Known for funding groups and initiatives that often struggle to get grants elsewhere, J R McKenzie Trust distribute allocated funds through a variety of approaches and mechanisms to organisations that align with our vision of a socially just and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.
You can apply for funding from a list of charitable trusts. You will need to search by region and sector. Each trust has specific application criteria and process, so view the details to see if you meet the criteria.
The Rural Communities Trust was established to provide financial assistance to groups, families and individuals in small rural areas who due to their location may otherwise be disadvantaged.
Trustees of the Rural Communities Trust meet twice annually to allocate grants.The closing dates for applications are:
- 31 March
- 30 September
As a general rule, the Trust does not fund travel (national or international), wages and salaries, vehicle purchases, set-up costs or general expenses.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels.
Local rotary clubs often help with small community projects:
Rotary Club of Dunedin - dunedinrotary.org.nz/
Dunedin Central - dunedincentralrotary.club/
Rotary Club of Mosgiel - portal.clubrunner.ca/13189
Rotary Club of Balclutha - balclutharotary.club/
Rotary Club of Wanaka - www.wanakarotary.club/
Rotary Club of Oamaru - oamarurotary.club/
Boosted was founded in 2013 in Auckland, it provides the platform to bring artists together with potential donors. Boosted also provides learning opportunities for those in the arts community to help them be more effective around their fundraising efforts. It is backed by the Arts Foundation, New Zealand’s leading arts philanthropic organisation.
BoostedSport is Aotearoa’s only crowdfunding platform dedicated to getting homegrown play, active recreation and sport off the ground. BoostedSport is managed by The New Zealand Sports Foundation Charitable Trust – dedicated to honouring active New Zealanders.
Together, BoostedSport and The New Zealand Sports Foundation Charitable Trust work hard to make private giving to the play, active recreation and sport sector both simple and accessible.
PledgeMe helps Kiwis fund projects, through crowdfunding campaigns. Project campaigns enable anyone to turn an idea into reality by posting a project campaign and asking their crowd for support. If the campaign meets its target, the project is funded and the pledges are rewarded.
Other Funding Information
Generosity NZ is a comprehensive funding information database, includes givME (for individuals), givUS (for community organisations), givER (for connecting business to community groups). This is a subscription based database, you can opt to either subscripe or ask your school, university or public library if they have a subscription for you to use. Some local councils have made the decision to purchase such resources for their ratepayers: