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Community Trust South - Compete 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.


Non-profit organisations that are a legal entity and operating in our area can apply including;
• An incorporated society or an incorporated charitable trust (check your registration at Societies & Trusts)
• A company with charitable purposes that  is registered with Charities Services
• Entities established under the Local Government Act 2002, Maori Trust Boards Act 1955 or Education Act 1989.

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

These grants support premier and elite sport, art and cultural groups to meet the costs of competing outside the region, as well as assisting with attracting and hosting premier events in our region.

Activities funded

Premier Teams & Groups
Assistance towards a premier team/group competing at National, Trans-Tasman or International competitions (maximum of two teams/groups per sport code or artform).
Costs considered are limited to travel, accommodation, transport (i.e.  mini van and fuel), food and competition entry fee.
Generally grants are between 15-20% of costs, with a grant cap of $6,000.

Premier Events
Assistance towards costs associated with hosting a premier South Island, National, Trans-Tasman or International event in our area.

Funds available


Upper limit per grant application


Grants made last year

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Funds available last year

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How to apply

Applications are made online and, if you haven’t applied before, you need to register by providing your name, organisation and email address as well as creating a password – it only takes a moment.
Once registered, you can log in at any time to start an application or to access it again later, so you can work on it over time.  To help you prepare you can also download the application form so you can see the questions we ask.
If you’re applying for two teams/groups these applications need to be completed on separate forms.

Decision time

We carry out an initial review of your application to make sure you can apply.  Our staff then review applications to help trustees to make informed decisions. We will often contact you to ask further questions about your application.
Decisions are made in April each year.
If applying outside of the annual round please allow up to 6 weeks for a decision.

How notified

The contact person in your application will receive an email letting them know the decision.


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