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Air Rescue and Community Services

Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Marlborough regions.


To assist in the provision and development of rescue and medical equipment operated by the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust. Includes, but not limited to, the provision of winch training and helicopter expenses. also, Donations to bona fide charitable, educational, sport, cultural and community organisations within the local community. Excludes payments to professional sports people.

• Completed the entire application form
• Attached your pre-printed bank deposit slip
• Attached your resolution
• Attached AT LEAST 2 quotes
• Attached your certificates from section 4 (if applicable)
• Attached your financial statements if applying for more than $10,000
• Completed the Consent to Audit and Declaration, with TWO authorised signatures

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Air Rescue Services Ltd was incorporated in February 2002 for the purpose of operating gaming machines to raise funds for distribution to charitable and community organisations throughout the Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Marlborough regions of New Zealand.


The company's primary funding objective is to support the vital community work of rescue helicopter services in the Canterbury, West Coast, Otago and Marlborough regions. However grants are also made to other community groups and organisations that qualify for grant assistance under the company's legislated Authorised Purpose.

Projects funded

Authorised purpose:
• Air Rescue Services Ltd may distribute funds to assist in the provision and development of rescue and medical equipment and services supported by the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust. Includes, but is not limited to, the provision of crew training and rescue helicopter expenses.
• Funds may also be distributed to bona fide charitable, educational, sport, cultural and community organisations within the local community. Excludes payments to professional sportspersons.
• Funds may be distributed for stake money and for the provision and maintenance of grounds, buildings and facilities, where these are primarily used for race meetings. Excludes payments to professional jockeys, horse or greyhound owners and trainers and excludes payments for activities or expenses in connection with the breeding of racehorses or greyhounds.
• Air Rescue services Ltd may distribute or apply funds to any of the purposes outlined above that are consistent with the terms of its constitution. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the purchase of land and the development and maintenance of sporting or other facilities that benefit the community; the establishment of academic or sporting scholarships for young persons that are fair, open and equitably assessed or the payment or capitation of other levies to any not-for-profit national body or association.

Excluded projects

Grants payments will not be made retrospectively.

There must be no personal or commercial gain or benefit resulting from an Air Rescue Services Ltd grant. Grant applications which may result in personal or commercial gain will not be considered.

Activities funded

As approved by the Trustees

Excluded activities

• Professional sports people.
• Prizes e.g raffles.

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

No set Upper Limit

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply


All applications for funding must be submitted on the approved Air Rescue Services Ltd Grant Application Form and must comply with the company's Authorised Purpose.

Grant Applications - Conditions and Guidelines:

Grant Application Form:

Information required with your application

• Fully completed and signed application form
• Quotes and invitation to events and/or other supporting material
• Verified True and Correct organisation's resolution to apply for funding
• Deposit slip
• Where applicable, evidence of affiliation to a national body
• Copy of organisation's IRD tax exemption certificate

Decision makers

Air Rescue Ltd Grants Committee.

Decision time

• Grant Applications received by Air Rescue Services Ltd will first be checked for eligibility and to ensure that all necessary information has been provided. If an application is found to be incomplete, the society will be contacted and requested to provide such information as is considered necessary.
• Applications which are found to be ineligible will be returned to the applicant society with a notice in writing.
• The Air Rescue Services Ltd Grants Committee meets around the 20th of each month to discuss and consider all grant applications received. Applications close 5 days prior to each meeting, and any received after this time will be presented for consideration at the following meeting.

• Air Rescue Services Ltd strongly recommends that funding applications be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the planned expenditure. Air Rescue Services Ltd will not approve applications whereby the expenditure has already taken place.
• All decisions on funding allocation will be notified in writing within 5 working days of the Directors/Grants Committee meeting. Grant payments will be made directly to the recipient's bank account by direct credit.
• Societies whose funding applications are declined by the Air Rescue Services Ltd Directors/Grants Committee will be notified in writing within 5 working days of the decision.

How notified

All correspondence will replied to within five working days of the Directors/Grants Committee meeting.

Meetings Schedule:

Note: Dates and times may be revised throughout the year, and are subject to Director availability.

How paid

Direct credit.

Conditions of acceptance

All funding recipients will be required to provide evidence of approved expenditure in the form of supplier invoices and receipts, bank statements and/or any other such information that is requested to confirm that funding has been spent on the purpose for which it was approved. Failture to complete the necessary audit procedures will jeopardise any future funding applications submitted by your organisations, and may result in Air Rescue Service's Ltd request for a full refund of the grant.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has the right to inspect all Air Rescue & Community Services records. Grant recipients need to agree to comply with any requests from an officer of the DIA or ARCS for an inspection or Audit. For larger grants, we may request an external auditor's report confirming that the grant funds have been used for the purpose for which they were approved. For groups, the consent to be audited must be signed by your secretary and another authorised signatory. For schools, signatories must include the Secretary of the Board of Trustees or the school Principal and another authorised signatory.


Accountability Report:

Other information

If you have an enquiry, or wish to make a complaint about the grant distribution process, please submit this in writing via our contact page, fax to (03) 354 4068 or by writing to PO Box 20326, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8543.
Complaints will be assessed by the General Manager and referred to the Directors for prompt resolution. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved by discussion between the parties, independent mediation will be sought to resolve any outstanding issues.


Yvette Cooke
Office Administrator
Air Rescue and Community Services
PO Box 20326
Christchurch 8543
Phone: 03 354 9566