Other Funders

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We feel very privileged to be able to support hundreds of community projects every year which benefit thousands of people who live in Otago.
However, we are not alone. Having a mix of funding sources can help ensure your organisation’s sustainability.
The list we have provided below is not exhaustive but provides a good starting point when looking for support for your organisation.

National Funders

Community Matters

Community Matters is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.  The information and forms on this site are provided to help community and voluntary groups access the community advisory services and funding. 

It provides an overview of all the community advisory service and funding information, funding criteria, funding calendar dates, funding checklists and forms, and Grants Online is the tool used to apply for some of the available funds.

Funding that can be found under Community Matters includes: 


Creative New Zealand

Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency. They aim to be a catalyst in the development of a flourishing arts environment in New Zealand by investing in artists and arts organisations through a number of programmes. 


Sport New Zealand 

Sport New Zealand regularly have funding opportunities available which community groups and organisations may be able to apply for. These include: 


Gaming Trusts

A number of gaming trusts distribute grants to community groups. Information on the different gaming trusts in Otago can be found by using the Department of Internal Affairs website under Funding for Community Groups

A summary of the main gaming trusts operating in Otago is outlined below:

The Lion Foundation funding is shared between the areas of community, which includes arts, culture, heritage and environment, health, sport and education. 


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.  


Pub Charity Limited hosts gaming machines in our member hotels and taverns and distributes donations to worthy community organisations all over New Zealand.


The Dunedin Casinos Charitable Trust invites applications for grants from charitable organisations in the Dunedin and Otago region in November and May each year. 


Grassroots Trust is dedicated to providing local funding to local communities.  They share passion and enthusiasm for amateur sport, education and various charitable community initiatives and happy to help in the areas that they fund out of. 

Grassroots Trust Central Limited operates venues in the East Coast, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington and Otago Regions.

Grassroots Trust operates in accordance with the Gambling Act 2003 and is regulated by The Department of Internal Affairs.


Local Funders

Central Lakes Trust

Funds for charitable purposes in a specific area within Central Otago. The Trust assists many community projects and services, but all must meet charitable criteria. 


Alexander McMillan Trust

The object of the Trust is to provide funds for religious, educational and charitable purposes within Otago. The Trustees welcome applications from the wider provincial area as well as the City of Dunedin. As a matter of policy, the Trustees prefer to assist with capital projects rather than recurring or administrative expenditure. 


Clutha Foundation 

The Clutha Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust set up to inspire and enable generosity in the Clutha District. Established in 2018, the Clutha Foundation is one of the youngest of the many Community Foundations around New Zealand. 


Stonelake Foundation

The Stonelake Foundation is a philanthropic Family Foundation based in the Otago / Southland region of New Zealand that partners with like minded organisations and charities to enable positive change in our communities.


Local Government

A summary of the different funds offered by local councils and the Otago Regional Council in Otago are outlined below:

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.


Queenstown Lakes District Council provides or supports a range of different funding sources for community, sporting or recreation groups.


Family Foundations, Smaller Funders

A summary of various family foundations and smaller granting organisations is outlined below:

The Tindall Foundation is a private philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.


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.


The Vodafone NZ Foundation is one of 27 Vodafone Foundations worldwide. The mission of the fund is to improve the health and well being of young New Zealanders.


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/



Crowdfunding the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. There are hundreds of crowdfunding sites worldwide, and not all of them are open to New Zealand-based projects. Depending on what you’re looking to fund, here are a few of the popular options to consider for New Zealand / Otago based projects. 

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.


Givealittle was founded in 2009 and in 2012 was acquired by the Spark Foundation. It is dedicated to connecting New Zealand causes with generous online donors.


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: