Principals' Discretionary Fund


The Community Trust allocates funding to all 96 primary, intermediate and secondary schools in our area through our Principals' Discretionary Fund.

The purpose of the fund is to ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

The fund is made up of two components with the following goals:

  • Part A: To enable students experiencing financial hardship to participate in school activities.
  • Part B: To support schools to raise student achievement, address inequalities and/or reduce barriers to participation across specific education, sport, art and culture priorities of the Trust.

A total of $510,000 per annum is available for allocation to schools consisting of:

  • Part A = $110,000
  • Part B = $400,000


Snapshot report of the fund

An annual snapshot  is available reporting on the Principals' Discretionary Fund, highlighting the activities funded, number of students benefiting, outcomes achieved and feedback received from principals.


Who can apply?

The fund is available to all primary, intermediate and secondary schools in the Trust’s area regardless of the ownership/operation or registration status of each school, but will not be available to homeschooled students.


About Part A funding

Is available to be used, at the Principal’s discretion, towards resources and/or extra curricular activities (not normally considered payable from schools’ operational funding), for an individual student whose family financial circumstance might preclude them from otherwise taking part.

The funds may be used, in whole or part, for the following purposes:

  • to ensure that individual students can be involved in all curricula activities, including out of the classroom education e.g. school camps or trips;
  • to pay scholastic fees where no other financial assistance exists, in order that the student may gain appropriate qualifications.  
  • to provide essential support equipment for an  individual student where there is no other funding available e.g. personal items such as reading glasses or sports equipment to enable them to participate in a school team.
  • Other e.g. school uniforms, stationery, meals for a student.

Part A funding cannot however be used to purchase school equipment.


About Part B funding

Is available to be used, at the Principal’s discretion, in pursuit of any of the following Community Trust priorities:


  • Raising the achievement of identified under achieving year 1-8 students
  • Addressing issues of inequality that present barriers to learning and participating
  • Students identified by their school as being at risk of disengaging
  • The preparation of students for life after their school, with a particular focus on:
    • life skills and financial literacy
    • careers education
    • effective transitions/pathways
    • linkages between education and industry

Active Lifestyles

  • Provide grassroots support for life long active participation and engagement with a focus on:
    • children (0-13 years),
    • coaching and volunteering,
    • inactive people and those experiencing barriers to participation

Arts & Culture

  • Increase awareness of and access to arts, heritage and culture; and to support active participation in artistic, cultural and heritage activities; with a particular focus on children and youth.    

Part B funding cannot however be used for capital items or for facilities.


How to apply

Applications need to be made online and in early April each year schools will be emailed a direct link through which they can apply for their Principals' Discretionary Funding allocation.


Closing date for applications

Applications for 2017 have now closed. Application closing dates for 2018 will be confirmed closer to the time.


Accountability and reporting

To receive future Principals' Discretionary Fund payments, Principals will be required to account for how their discretionary funding allocation (Part A & Part B) was utilised including detailing:

  • purpose for which the funding was used i.e. which of the CTOS permitted activities or priorities the funding aligned with;
  • amounts of funding spent on various activities/purposes;
  • number of students benefiting;
  • outcomes.


Unspent funds

Where a school does not fully utilise their Part A and/or Part B funding allocation, the unspent funds will be deducted from the following year's allocation.


Need to know more or if you have any questions

Please contact Ngaire on 0800 500 185 or email