The Community Trust of Southland is your community owned grant-making organisation. We support charitable or non-profit groups and organisations, throughout our area, by giving grants for projects or initiatives which benefit the community.

We make grants across a range of sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Community Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health and Social Services
  • Sport and Recreation

We work closely with community groups and organisations to understand your needs and aspirations, and to help enusre you are able to put the best possible case for funding.

We also support and encourage people to achieve their goals through scholarships:


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Leadership Scholarships

Leadership Scholarships

Do you have some leadership experience and want to develop your leadership skills for the benefit of the community? If you are working for or significantly involved in a community organisation then our Leadership Scholarship could be for you. You can apply anytime throughout the year. ... more »

CTOS in Otautau, Ohai & Nightcaps areas 1 May

Dianne our Grants Manager will be in the Otautau, Ohai and Nightcaps areas on Thursday 1 May to meet with groups who are raising funds for a community project. If you would like to meet with Dianne to talk about your project or applying to CTOS call 0800 500 185 or email dianne@ctos.org.nz

Art Scholarships

If you’re extremely talented in the arts, whether it be visual, performing or literary arts a Community Trust of Southland scholarship could be for you. We accept applications anytime throughout the year. ... more »