As a community funder, we believe it is important to help strengthen organisations so they can better make a difference in their communities.
Purpose of the Capability Funding:
- 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.
Capability Funding is not available for:
- 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.
Our Capability Fund's:
Otago Community Trust has three Capability Funds focused on capability building:
- Arts & Culture Capability Fund
- Social Services Capability Fund
- Tamariki & Rangatahi Sector Capability Fund
Arts & Culture Capability Fund
This contestable fund is jointly run with the Dunedin City Council and is only available to Arts & Culture organisations based in the Dunedin City boundary which are committed to supporting and contributing to Ara Toi Otepoti: Our Creative Future - Dunedin’s Arts and Culture Strategy.
Organisations may apply for up to $10,000 for assistance with arts capability building. The fund’s priority will be to support organisations that are interested in collaborating with others and to support the sustainability, development and innovation of arts and culture groups across the city.
Applying for capability building assistance does not prevent organisations from making a regular grant application to the Otago Community Trust or a grant funding application to the Dunedin City Council.
Fund Opens: 31st May 2022
Fund Closes: 31st August 2022, with outcomes announced in October.
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.
Fund Opens: 31st July 2022
Fund Closes: 30th of September 2022, with outcomes announced in early December.
Applying for capability building assistance does not prevent organisations from making a regular grant application to the Otago Community Trust.
Contact: For further information or if you are planning a larger capability building project please call us on 0800 10 12 40 or email email@example.com
Tamariki & Rangatahi Sector Capability Fund
This fund is a part of the Otago Community Trust’s funding suite to support our Tamariki and Rangatahi Strategy. This Capability fund is designed to strengthen the tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) sector to allow organisations to grow and succeed.
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to $10,000 for projects that develop organisational capability. Larger amounts may be considered if the project has potential for signifcant and wide-reaching impact, is a collaboration of several youth organisations and will impact a large number of staff/volunteers.
Fund Opens - 1st July 2022
Fund Closes - 30th September 2022, with outcomes announced late October 2022.
Detailed information on the Tamariki & Rangatahi Sector Capability Fund can be found HERE
Contact: For further information interested organisations can contact:
Liz Harburg - Community Engagement Advisor
Phone: 0800 10 12 40
Grants Manager - Sue Stewart
Phone: 03) 479 0994