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 page here
In general, funds will be distributed in the area in which it was 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.
To see if we have a venue near you, please check here
There is no limit as to how many applications an Organisation can make within a calendar year.
All communication will be by email through our online system. To ensure you do not miss any of our email updates, please ensure you have the following email addresses set up as SAFE SENDERS:
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.
Yes you can apply for salaries; however where Grassroots Trust has not provided funding to a specific role in the past, these salary requests are not a high priority for the Directors.
Yes you can apply for travel and accommodation; however these requests are not a high priority for the Directors.
Yes you can apply for medals and trophies; however these requests are not a high priority for the Directors.
Grassroots Trust does not accept quotes from overseas suppliers, please ensure you submit quotes from a New Zealand based supplier.
You can find a full list of what is required by category in Step 2 of the Application Process here.
Below are some examples:
The following are examples of purposes that are deemed unauthorised for grant consideration. This list is not exhaustive but rather is intended as a sample. Feel free to contact a member of the Grants Team if you have any specific questions.
Yes there are conditions attached to grants. They include:
If there is a need to change suppliers, prior written approval of this change must be sought. A quote that matches the previously approved supplier’s goods or services must be provided for this request to be considered. All change requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If there is a change in staff member for a role that has been funded, prior written approval to use these funds for the new staff member must be sought. A signed employment contract and position description for the new staff member must be provided for this request to be considered. All change requests should be emailed to email@example.com.
No. The Board cannot consider funding any expenses that have been paid prior to their funding approval.
Social activities are not recognised as authorised purposes because they give a personal rather than community benefit. For example, a group of friends or acquaintances going on an annual ski trip are not eligible to apply.
Professional sporting groups cannot apply as it is of a commercial nature.
Sometimes an activity is presented as a sporting activity, but its real nature is entertainment, social, personal gain or commercial.
The Department of Internal Affairs considers a bona fide sport to be one where the activity, club or Organisation:
An incorporated Organisation will usually find it easier to meet these criteria than an unincorporated group.
No, venue operators cannot make any decisions or recommendations about grant applications.
Grants are GST exclusive; however if you are not GST registered, you may apply for the full GST inclusive cost of the goods or service.
No. Some aspects of the application process do not work in other web browsers which can prevent you from successfully submitting your application.
You can download Google Chrome here.
No. Some aspects of the application process do not work through an Apple iPad which can prevent you from successfully submitting your application.
All applications must be authorised by at least two Executive Committee / Board members. If another member of your Organisation has documented authority to apply for funding on behalf of your governing group, for example, a signed delegated authority document or a signed set of minutes, then this evidence must be uploaded to your application to support them being used as an authoriser.
If you leave your application before it has been submitted, you can re-enter it at anytime by using the return link that will be sent to you once you have entered your email details into your application.
You can only save the page if all questions have been completed. Each step must be completed in full before you can save and navigate to another page.
The Grassroots Trust Limited Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each calendar month. The full grant results are uploaded to the Trust’s website by the end of the meeting day; with individual application outcome letters emailed to each Applicant within 48 hours of the meeting. To view previous grant recipients, please click here.
Payment will be direct credited to the recipient Organisation’s bank account within one month of the application being approved.
Your Organisation must provide an accountability report as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than the date outlined in your approval letter. Accountability reports will not be accepted unless the report is completed in full through your Applicant Dashboard. Failure to complete this report will result in Grassroots Trust seeking a full refund of the grant. In the event of payment default, any legal or collection agent costs will be the responsibility of the Applicant.
For activity, project or operational expenses:
Please note that all invoices/expenses must be paid for directly from the applicant’s bank account in which the funds were deposited. No payments can be made as a reimbursement to any member of the organisation; this includes any credit card payments. No money may be transferred to another party to pay for any expenditure. If this occurs a full refund will be requested.
Your Incorporated Societies Number or Organisation Name may be different than what is registered with the Societies or Trust Office. It is recommended that you copy your Organisation’s Name as it listed on the register and paste it into your application. To view the register click here
If you still receive an error select ‘No’ to being either an Incorporated Society or Registered Charity and upload your Certificate of Incorporation or Charities Certificate to supporting documents in Step 7.
If you are a Registered Charity, please answer ‘No’ to being an Incorporated Society.
Grassroots Trust Limited audits 10% of approved applications and may request further information and verification as to how the funds were used. If your Organisation is selected to be audited, a member of the Grants Team will make contact with you.
Grassroots Trust Limited grant records will also be inspected and audited by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). Grassroots Trust Limited is required to provide details of all grants to the DIA. All applications must be made on the understanding that, if a DIA officer requests, the Applicant Organisation must agree to and participate in an inspection/audit.
Yes. A copy of the paper application is here.
Please note that paper applications are no longer accepted as all grant applications are to be submitted online.