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Community Trust South - Regional Sports Organisation Fund

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Eligible districts

The Trust's area is the designated Southland province including Queenstown, Glenorchy, Arrowtown, Tapanui and Heriot areas.

Projects outside of this area will not be considered unless there is a clear, demonstrated community benefit to the people of Southland.


Applications are accepted from organisations recognised as the Regional Sports Organisations for our area.
These Regional Sports Organisations need to be:
• An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust. You can check if you are incorporated at Societies & Trusts
• A company with charitable purposes that  is registered with Charities Services 

To apply your RSO also needs to be:
• Undertaking their activities in our area
• Affiliated to the appropriate National Sports Organisation
• Able to provide:
  - documentation of RSO participation activities, detailing all competitions, programmes and development initiatives to show regular participation levels and activities
  - documentation that clearly shows individual participant numbers, including names, addresses and competition/level of participation
  - a strategic plan, a current annual plan and budget
  - annual financial statements
  - demonstrated need for financial assistance

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Community Trust South is the guardian of your community endowment of over $224 million. We help a wide range of groups and people here in the south every year by distributing millions of dollars in grants, scholarships and community loans.
We operate under the Community Trusts Act 1999 as well as our own Trust Deed and distribute funding from our investment's income. We've supported our community with over $186 million since we began in 1988.

Projects funded

This fund supports regional sports organisations to provide programmes and services that encourage active participation and healthy lifestyles.

Regional Sports Organisations can use their funding for whatever areas of their operation are a priority and that are particularly aligned to our Active Lifestyle priorities.
Active Lifestyles Priorities
• Providing grassroots support for life-long active participation and engagement with a focus on:
  - the early years (0-13 years)
  - older persons
  - coaching and volunteering
  - inactive people and those experiencing barriers to participation
• Supporting appropriate and sustainable infrastructure (people, services and facilities) with a focus on:
  - partnering and collaboration
  - consolidation/sharing of services
  - multiuse facilities
• And, while a lesser priority, we also support elite sport with a focus on supporting the development of athletes, coaches and officials to excel and reach their potential, and sporting franchises operating within financially viable models

Funds available


Grants made last year

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Funds available last year

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How to apply

Already Receiving Regional Sports Organisation Funding
Your continued funding depends on you providing us with your annual RSO application by mid-February each year. In November your RSO will be emailed a direct link and instructions on how to access the application.

Applying for Regional Sports Organisation Funding For The First Time
You will need to contact us to make sure you are eligible and for details on the application process.

Information required with your application

To help you prepare, you will need to provide:
• your annual financial statements
• your business plan for the coming year
• your operating budget for the coming year
• a report on your activities for the past year
• your current database detailing individual participants
• evidence of a demonstrated need for funding

Decision time

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply.
We calculate your funding using a set formula that is based on the number of participants in your sporting code:
• Base funding of $3,950
• Plus $10 per participant

How We Define Participants
These are people participating in regular competition or activity of at least 6 weeks duration arranged by the RSO and includes umpires/referees and coaches and whoever pays an affiliation fee or subscription to that RSO. 

How notified

Decisions are made in April each year and the contact person in your application will receive an email letting them know our decision.


Dianne Williams
Grants Manager
The Community Trust of Southland
PO Box 1646
Invercargill 9810
Phone: 0800 500 185 Fax: 0800 500 186