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Blue Sky Community Trust

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Always open for applications?


Eligible districts

BlueSky’s gaming venues are located across the country. It gives priority to grant applicants based in the Auckland & Palmerston North region.


Please read through the information on the application form and ensure:
• the application fits within the Authorised Purpose of BlueSky Community Trust Ltd. 
• the applicant is a non-profit body.
• the grant is to be applied to specific and future purposes; no retrospective grants can be made.
• the application is made on the correct form, and is complete.
If the application does not meet the above requirements, the application will not be considered by the BlueSky Community Trust Ltd.

Grant Forms:
 Grants will not be approved unless the application is on BlueSky Community Trust’s grant application form and includes:
• the applicant's name and contact details;
• the purpose of the applicant and the name and contact details (including a street address) of contact person;
• specific reasons for the grant application;
• the total amount of money sought;
• evidence supporting the total amount sought (for example, competitive quotes for goods or services to be paid for by the grant);
• whether the applicant has applied for funds for the same specific purpose from another source;
• whether the applicant is registered for GST and, if so, its GST number;
• the applicant's bank account details;
   - a declaration by 2 representatives of the applicant confirming that -
   - the information provided in the application form is true and correct to the best of their knowledge; and
   - they have the authority to make the application on behalf of the applicant.
   - the application form must include space for BlueSky Community Trust to record:
       - the amount approved;
       - the date of the approval;
       - the cheque number or details of the direct debit;
       - the grant number; and
       - the signature of BlueSky Community Trust’s officer.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


BlueSky Community Trust Limited is a non-profit company that operates gaming machines to raise funds for the community.  

Projects funded

• general public education.
• education scholarships (provided the students are selected in a fair and open manner after public advertising, and are overseen by a recognised educational authority or school board, and provided that they are limited to primary and  secondary level).
• non-profit community cultural or arts festivals.
• the promotion of public amenities such as parks or museums.
• grants to recognised charitable organisations (e.g. Plunket, Salvation Army or Red Cross) to further the objectives of these groups.
• public sports facilities (e.g. a stadium) provided that the facilities are not used primarily for professional sport.
• supporting non-commercial emergency rescue services.
• amateur sport.
• amateur sports coaches for specific short-term coaching courses and coaching clinics for junior sports people.
• ground maintenance  for amateur sporting facilities.
• overseas travel to genuine amateur sporting tournaments.
• trophies and modest non-cash prizes.
• wages and salaries where the employing body has an entirely non-commercial community or charitable purpose and  provided that the payment of a wage is necessar y to achieve the authorised purpose.

Excluded projects

• groups or individuals standing for an election to public office.
• social events, e.g. school balls, family reunions, entertainment in pubs or clubs, sporting trips for supporters or spectators, or after match functions for sporting groups.
• lobby groups or action/pressure groups (e.g. Greenpeace, or Sensible Sentencing Trust).
• personal or commercial gain.
• professional sport.
• non-affiliated “social” sports clubs (such as corporate leagues)

Funds available

Information not available

Upper limit per grant application

No Upper Limit

Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Grant Policy

To download a grant application form click here.
The cut-off date for applications is the 10th day of each month.  Applications are normally considered on the last Sunday of each month (subject to change).

Please post all completed grant application forms and supporting documents to BlueSky Community Trust Ltd, PO Box 41470, St Lukes, Auckland 1346. Please print your email address clearly on the application form, as all correspondence and outcome letters are sent via email.

Decision makers

Grants will only be made in accordance with BlueSky Community Trust’s Authorised Purpose.

Decision time

Decision by Net Proceeds Committee:
• all final funding decisions are made by BlueSky Community Trust’s net proceeds committee (the “Committee”).
• grant applications found to be non-compliant will not be approved. In this context, “non-compliant” means grant applications that do not contain all the relevant information, are retrospective, where previous audit information has not been received, where a refund has not been returned, where there is a conflict of interest, where it does not comply with the authorised purpose of the BlueSky Community Trust, or where there is information that the applicant has received funding from other source(s) for the full amount needed for the purpose applied for here.

Conditions of acceptance

Conditions of Grant
• the grant must be used only for the specific purpose for which the application was made and spent within 3 months of the grant being made.
• copies of invoices, receipts and bank statements must be provided to BlueSky Community Trust within 3 months of the grant being made to verify that the grant has been used in accordance with the purpose approved. Please refer to Auditing Procedure.
• any grant money which is not spent on the purpose approved must be returned to BlueSky Community Trust within 3 months of the grant being made. 

• The following records shall be kept in a database format:
     - the date the grant application was received;
     - the date of the meeting/decision;
     - the name and contact details of the grant applicant;
     - the name and contact details of the person completing the grant application;
     - the purpose of the grant;
     - the amount of the grant;
     - the cheque number or direct bank payment transaction details;
     - grant Request ID number.

Other information

Grant applicants will be provided with reasons for BlueSky Community Trust’s decision if BlueSky Community Trust decides to decline a grant application.
• complaints can be made to BlueSky Community Trust’s Managing Director by writing to the Trust.
• complaints about the conduct of BlueSky Community Trust may also be made to the Secretary of the Department of Internal Affairs at: PO Box 10-095, Wellington.


Kristen Liu
Grant Administrator
Bluesky Community Trust Ltd
PO Box 41470
St Lukes
Auckland 1346
Phone: 09 522 9585