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. The list we have provided below is not exhaustive but provides a good starting point when looking for support for your organisation.
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.
COGS is a community-driven fund that provides grants to non-profit community organisations that deliver community-based social services.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 gaming venues across the country have been closed. The vast majority of the below gaming trusts are therefore unable to process any grant applications in the COVID-19 environment. Contact individual gaming trusts to check on their status.
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 - Click Here
The Lion Foundation funding is shared between the areas of community, which includes arts, culture, heritage and environment, health, sport and education.
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 Southern Trust is a proud funding sponsor of a full range of community groups and charitable causes. The Southern Trust provides funding to amateur sport, education, community purposes, welfare organizations and arts and culture.
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.
Lottery grants are available for different types of projects and services.
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.
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.
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:
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 checklists and forms, and Grants Online is the tool used to apply for some of the available funds.
Community Research New Zealand gather research about New Zealand’s tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, share it with a broader audience, create a hub for researchers, iwi and community organisations to share their ideas, and advocate for good practice methods in community research.
What Works is an online resouces site which aims to help people gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes. If you need to reflect on your work, demonstrate its effectiveness and keep improving your practice this site is for you.
Volunteering New Zealand and local Volunteering Chapters have a wealth of information, advice and training to help community groups and organisations achieve their objectives.
www.volunteeringotago.org.nz for Greater Dunedin
www.volunteeringcentral.org.nz for Alexandra, Cromwell, Queenstown, Wanaka
www.otago.ac.nz/volunteer for the University Volunteer Centre (UVC) who connect UniCrew volunteers with community organisations
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.
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.