Grant FAQ

Are we eligible to apply?

If you are a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation, a school or a group that is affiliated to a regional or national body you are eligible to apply. For more detail, please refer to the Eligibility and Criteria page here.

Do you have funding in our area?

In general, funds will be distributed in the area in which they were generated. This is typically defined by territorial local authority (TLA) boundaries. The Directors may however at their discretion, apply and distribute funds from one TLA to another, or toward a National project. To see if we have a venue near you, please click here.

Where can we get a grant application form?

We no longer accept paper applications. You can apply online via our online grants system here.

When do applications close?

The Board generally meets every month to review grant applications. Application closing dates can be found here. These dates can change without notice; therefore it is recommended that you check our website on a regular basis when applying for funding.

How long will it take to process our application?

Once the current funding round closes, your application will be assessed and if additional information is required to make your application compliant, an assessor will contact you via email to request this information. The full grant results will be uploaded to our website within 48 hours of any Board meeting, and individual outcome letters emailed to each Applicant within one week of the meeting.

How often can we apply?

There is no limit as to how many applications an Organisation can make within a calendar year; however, only one application must be submitted to any given funding round.

What is a professional applicant?

A professional applicant is an independent party (not staff or volunteer) being remunerated to prepare an application on behalf of the applying Organisation.

Please note: should the application be successful, no portion of the grant can be used to pay any party for assisting in making an application or completing the accountability report.

How much can we apply for?

There is no limit to the amount you can apply for. If the Board wishes to support your application but does not have sufficient funds, they have the ability to partially fund.

Can we be reimbursed for expenses that have already been paid?

No. The Board cannot consider funding any costs that have been paid prior to their funding approval.

Can we purchase goods from overseas?

No. All grants must be used for goods and services purchased within New Zealand.

Can we apply to other funders for the same purpose?

Yes, you can apply to multiple Organisations for the same purpose but you must declare this in your application form. If you receive funds from more than one funder for the same purpose, you must repay any portion of the grant that exceeds the total amount required.

Can we reapply after my application has been declined?

You can apply for funding as many times as you wish, unless your application was declined due to the Trust not having any funding in your area.

Are there conditions attached to grants?

Yes, there are conditions attached to grants. For more detail, please refer to the Grant Conditions page here.

Can we apply for overseas travel and accommodation?

Yes, however overseas travel and accommodation is considered a low priority.

Do we need to keep receipts for goods and services purchased?

Yes. You will be required to account for your funding as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than the date outlined in your approval letter. For more detail, please refer to the Audit & Accountability page here.

How will the grant be paid?

Payment will be direct credited to the recipient Organisation’s bank account within one month of the application being approved.

Need help?

Please feel free to contact a member of our Grants Team on 0800 957 960.