Other sources of Community Funding


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The following are some useful links to other funding organisations. ​

Central Lakes Trust

The Central Lakes Trust​ was established to grant funds for community charitable purposes. The Trust fund was created when the Otago Central Electric Power Board bestowed Central Lakes Trust with assets valued at $155 million from the consumer trust OCEPT (Otago Central Electric Power Trust) in November 2000. The Trust has had a significant impact on many community groups since its inception, having approved grants totalling almost $70 million to 31 March 2014.

Central Lakes Trust supports arts and culture, education, heritage and environment, recreation and sport, and welfare and health through both projects grants and operational grants.  More targeted funding schemes Central Lakes Trust supports include:

  • the Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme (known as CLASS), which is administered by local community arts councils
  • Funding of WW100 projects, activities and commemorations 
  • the Defibrillator Project (in association with the Order of St John) 
  • Tertiary Education Scholarships​​​​​​​​

​Lottery Grants Board and Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)​

​Lottery grants are available for different types of projects and services, including community, WWI commemorations, environment and heritage, health research, community sector research, individuals with disabilities, outdoo​r safety, community facilities and significant projects.
Find out more about Lottery Grants​.

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme is a community-driven fund that provides grants to non-profit community organisations that deliver community-based social services.
Find out more about COGS funding.​

Otago Community Trust

The Otago Community Trust provides donations across the diverse sectors of arts and culture, heritage, events, environment, education, sport and recreation, community activity and community well-being. Each year the Trust invests between $4-$7 million in communities across Otago. Applications for funding can be made at any time, unless you are applying for a donation of more than $100,000 as there are specific cut-off dates for major donations. 


  • The aim of the​ TrustPower Rotary Lend a Hand Foundation​ is to assist small charitable organisations and individuals by providing funding, mentoring or through the provision of goods/services. The Foundation is administered by the Central Otago Lend a Hand Foundation Trust, which is made up of representatives from the Rotary Clubs of Alexandra, Cromwell and Roxburgh.
  • Vince Ashworth Education Charitable Trust​ - is administered by the Rotary Club of Alexandra​ and provides grants and scholarships to help young people experiencing hardship.​

Sport Otago

Sport Otago funding opportunities include:

  • the Sporting Chance​ programme that provides financial assistance to children from disadvantaged circumstances take part in sport
  • KiwiSport funding for new initiatives aimed at getting more school aged children involved in organised sport
  • Skeggs Foundation funding for elite or aspiring elite athletes and coaches living within the Otago region or representing Otago in sport
  • the Halberg Sport Opportunity​ programme, which aims to ensure that people with a disability receive equal opportunities to participate, enjoy and achieve in their choice of sport.

Otago Science Into Action

​Up to $20,000 in funding and scientific expertise is available to help community groups turn their ideas into reality through the Participatory Science Platform funding scheme. In Otago this scheme is supported by Otago Museum (lead/host institution), Ngai Tahu, University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and the NZ International Science Festival. There are two types of funding - seed funding and funding for grassroots driven science projects.

Funding Information Databases

Check out Fundview ​(for groups) and GiVME ​(for individuals - formerly called Breakout). These two website services provide specific information about different types of funding. There is a cost to access these websites directly, however public libraries - including our Central Otago District Libraries - provide this search service FREE of charge. 

Page reviewed: 06 Jun 2018 3:28pm