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NZ Community Trust

Always open for applications?


Eligible districts



• if we have gaming machines generating funds in your community, then we are likely to have funds available for distribution.

• all applicants must be registered entities, for example, under the Charities Act, Charitable Trust Act or Incorporated Societies Act, or, in some circumstances, not‐for-profit organisations registered under the Companies Act.

• the grant purposes must comply with the Gambling Act 2003, Gambling Regulations 2004 and NZCT's licence conditions.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


The Trust was formed 17/8/98.


To maximise funds returned to the New Zealand community principally through amateur sport.

Projects funded

• arts
• culture
• children
• local communities
• education
• health
• sport & recreation
• youth
• elderly

Excluded projects

• professionalism
• retrospective costs
• individuals
• closed groups where membership is discretionary
• private (rather than public) purposes
• trade tournaments
• commercial gain
• fundraisers
• political candidates or parties
• travel and accommodation costs for teams attending tournaments in New Zealand will be considered, provided costs are actual and reasonable and an official invitation or itinerary endorsed by the host's national body is supplied. 

Activities funded

• most expense items necessary to play a sport
• ground maintenance
• sports equipment
• first aid kits
• coaching

Motor vehicles:
• grants to help buy vehicles will generally be considered only in exceptional circumstances and generally only for disadvantaged groups that need a vehicle to help their members.

• grants for wages and salaries may be considered providing that the payment of a wage is necessary to achieve an authorised purpose and will clearly result in the development of the applicant organisation.

Social activities:
• the only social activities that may be eligible for a grant are those that directly benefit disadvantaged groups or are considered by NZCT's Net Proceeds Committee to be for the benefit of the wider community:
• public concerts
• seasonal community parades or festivals

• advertising to encourage participation in amateur sport 
• promotion of public amenities, such as parks or museums 
• advertising for charitable appeals  
• advertising for non-profit cultural events.

Educational purposes:
• grants for essential, safety-related or sporting equipment for educational or training organisations, including kindergartens, play centres and schools will be considered on case by case.
• grants for scholarships for further education, or personal development leading to a wider community or sporting benefit, will be considered on case by case.
• generally, any approved grant would be made to the education provider rather than an individual.

Excluded activities

• overseas travel
• professional sports, apart from where a professional is involved in coaching, training or development of junior sport
• grants to non-affiliated or social sports clubs or teams, including those playing in corporate leagues  
• trade tournaments or sporting events staged primarily for commercial publicity and/or the benefit of a select industry group 
• affiliation fees, individual or team memberships and subscriptions   
• dress uniforms, footwear, training uniforms and personal gear bags    
• laundry costs, commercial gym fees and major medical costs
• cash prizes or large non-cash prizes
• grants to any sports facility run for commercial profit, such as 10 pin bowling centres, billiard parlours, 'country clubs' for golf, or clubs with closed memberships
• trips for supporters and spectators, or after-match functions
• grants to clubs that use commercial gaming machine hotel sites as a clubroom or sporting venue
• privately owned organisations or ventures for personal gain

Motor vehicles:
• purchase or subsidy of vehicles intended for purposes associated with social functions   
• tyres, servicing costs or repairs to motor vehicles
• vehicles that are used for commercial or private activities      
• mileage claims

Social activities:
• events that are principally social in nature (e.g. after-match functions, parties and balls)  
• provision and maintenance of facilities set up to provide social activities  
• the purchase of alcohol, food and refreshments, paying staff for bar work, and maintenance or provision of bar facilities
• family reunions
• entertainment in pubs or clubs    
• sporting trips for supporters or spectators

• commercial advertising that does not have a clear community benefit

Educational purposes:
• educational resources, building projects or other items that would generally be regarded as core educational needs and the responsibility of the Ministry of Education
• training that will result in commercial gain or career-oriented qualifications, e.g. tertiary studies for individuals

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application

No set upper limit

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

With the move to COVID-19 Alert Level 1, NZCT is once again welcoming grant applications.
Please advise in your application what, if any, relief funding packages you received during COVID-19 and how they were applied to your sustainability. It would be useful to also advise us of any material changes to organisational structure and/or events programmes as a result of COVID-19.
A big thank you to everyone who assisted us to survive during these unprecedented and challenging times.
He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

Apply ONLINE at:
If you're registering as a new organisation you'll need:
• your organisation's bank account number
• contact details for key people in your organisation
• if GST registered, your organisation's GST number
• if your organisation has charitable status, your organisation's IRD number.

You will be able to upload these documents to the grants portal as you complete your registration. Therefore, we suggest that you have these scanned and saved on your computer before you begin. You can also email or post these documents to us within two weeks of registering your organisation.

Information required with your application

New Grant Application:

For each new grant application you'll need two quotes from competitive suppliers (or a signed employment contract and job description).

Where only one quote is possible, you'll be asked to provide a reason for this.

You will be able to upload these documents as you complete your application. Therefore, we suggest that you have these scanned and saved on your computer before you begin. You can also email or post these documents to us after completing your application.

Decision makers

Net Proceeds Committee (NPC)

Decision time

Provided your application contains all the information we need, applications received by the 15th of each month will be discussed at the following month’s Net Proceeds Committee (NPC) meeting, which is usually four weeks later.

How notified


How paid

Direct Credit.

Conditions of acceptance

NZCT has a legal obligation to check the grant funds we've distributed have been used properly. Therefore we require all grant recipients to send us copies of appropriate documents which show us how and when their grant money was spent. We call this our 'accountability' documentation.

For all questions about accounting for your grant or to send documents to our accountability team:


NZ Community Trust
PO Box 10 857
Wellington 6143
Phone: 0800 44 69 28