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TSB Community Trust - Operational Grants

Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Taranaki region - Southern boundary is the Manawapou River, the Northern Boundary is Mokau and the eastern boundary is slightly east of Tahora.


The following types of organisations may be eligible to apply:
• Community Organisations – structured, established not for profit groups – e.g. sports clubs, art groups, support groups
• Regional Organisations – regionally focused not for profit organisations – e.g. regional sports organisations, regionally focused charitable trusts
• Not for profit Early Childhood Organisations, Kindergartens, Kōhanga Reo, Kura Kaupapa Māori and Schools

As per the TSB Community Trust’s Trust Deed, applicants must have charitable, cultural, philanthropic, recreational, and other purposes being beneficial to the
community principally in the TSB Community Trust’s “Specified Area” – from Mokau in the north, to Tahora in the East and Manawapou River in the South.

The Trust will give preference and priority to organisations and individuals that have core banking – i.e. transactional, loans and investments with the TSB Bank Ltd.

Political lobby groups are not eligible to apply.

The main entity or governing body of each organisation must be the applicant.
Applications will not be accepted from sub-groups of entities (such as jubilee committees, men’s, women’s, or juniors sections).

Applications must be received from the entity that will govern, and/or manage the activity being applied for.

It's important to find out whether you are eligible to apply - to learn about our eligibility criteria you take the eligibility quiz on our website home page and read the Trust's Eligibility Criteria Policy.
Refer to our 2019 Community Funding Guidelines for further information about eligibility and grant limits.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


The TSB Community Trust was established as a charitable trust in 1988.  Each year the Trust receives a dividend from its assets, including the TSB Bank Ltd, that it can apply towards supporting towards charitable, cultural, philanthropic, recreational and other purposes beneficial to the community within the Trust's specified area. The Trust offers a range of grants to eligible community organisations and individuals.


To be a champion of positive opportunities and an agent of beneficial change for Taranaki and its people now and in the future.
Kia tū hei kaihāpai ki te whakatairanga i ngā kōwhiringa, ā, hei kaiwhakawhanake i ngā iwi o Taranaki ki ānamata.
With a focus on Child and Youth Wellbeing.

Projects funded

An Operational Grant provides support for the on-going day to day costs of running a not for profit organisation that has core objectives that align with at least one of the following Trust’s Funding Areas:
• Learning - facilitating improved educational outcomes for people in our region including innovative projects and lifelong learning
• Recreation and Sport - supporting participation in recreation, sport and providing for development and excellence
• Community Wellbeing - actively working towards improving the wellbeing of our communities
• Arts, Culture and Heritage - fostering access to, engagement with and experience in arts and culture and/ or that preserve and promote the physical and cultural heritage of our region
• Health and Rescue Services - supporting and strengthening at a local and regional level organisations that provide rescue services and improve the health of the people in our region
• Environment - protecting and enhancing the environment in which we live

An Operational Grant may be granted once per financial year towards general operational costs.

Excluded projects

An Operation Grant cannot be granted in the same year as a Programme and Event Grant but can be granted in the same year as a Capital Grant (the operational costs of running a programme or event can be incorporated into a Ptrogramme and Event Grant).

The Trust will not generally provide grants which are for the purpose of fundraising or re-gifting.

Excluded activities

The Trust does not fund retrospectively, the activity being considered for funding must not start prior to a grant being made.

Group travel is not generally funded.

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

starting from $200

Grants made last year

Information not available

Funds available last year

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How to apply

Please visit Operational Grants

NOTE: Our online application portal will function in the following browsers - Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 11+
Check Your Eligibility and Register for an Account
1. Before completing an online application for the first time you must register - go to our Apply Here page.
2. Complete the eligibility quiz questions - then (if eligible) select the ‘Organisation’ option if you are applying for an AnnualCapital or Programme and Event Grant on behalf of your organisation, or select the ‘Individual’ registration option if you are applying for an Individual Grant.
3. Complete the online registration form - this includes entering your basic contact information and individual/ organisation details.
4. On receipt of your registration request you will be sent an email to confirm your username and password and activate your account, to the email address you have entered
5. Please allow up to ten working days to receive your registration notification from the Trust.
6. You/ your organisation will only ever need to register once. We suggest that you complete this step as early as possible, so that when you are ready to apply, your account is set up.
7. Once you have activated your account with us and have received your username and password you can log in at
NOTE: Your username and password is unique to you and the email address you registered. If you need to update the primary contact person or change email address or password details you can do this in the application portal under ‘Users’.

Complete Your Application
1. On the ‘Home’ page of the online application portal you will have access to all the application forms to begin your application.
2. Work your way through the online application form, answering all questions as you go.
3. Documents required as part of your application can be uploaded directly into the portal.
4. There is also an option to save your application part way through and finish it at a later time.
5. Once your application is complete you must submit it online.

Information required with your application


Decision makers

Trustees of the TSB Community Trust.

Decision time

In setting the amount the Trust will base operational grants on group comparisons and will consider equitable levels for organisations and groups of similar type,
scope and size. This will include assessment factors such as population served, membership, roll numbers, access to other funding, ability to fundraise, community access, community contribution, and socio-economic factors. From time to time other factors may also be considered.

How notified

In writing.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

Depending on the activity funded and level of funding an Outcome or Accountability report may be required as part of the grant conditions. Refer to your grant letter for details.

Other information

An Operational Grant cannot be granted in the same year as a Programme and Event Grant but can be granted in the same year as a Capital Grant (the operational costs of running a programme or event can be incorporated into a Programme and Event Grant).


TSB Community Trust
PO Box 667
New Plymouth 4340