Major Grants - Over $100,000

Community Trust of Southland is investing an extra $1.5 million into the community for major grants over $100,000.

The Board have also committed a further $1.5 million  for major grants in 2019/2020 as well which will allow the community to plan ahead for major projects. Dates for the 2019 Major Grants round will announced later in the year. 

What you need to know

  • There are closing dates for the major grants round, which is a two stage process. Please read below for full details and dates.
  • To be considered for a major grant, projects must align with our strategic plans and priorities. Find out more here.
  • Please check if your organisation is eligiblewhere we fund and what we fund 


Timeline 2018/19 

Stage One  
May 2018 Expressions of Interest are called for from community organisations interested in making a major grant application
15 June 2018 Expressions of Interest close
6 July 2018 Applicants advised of outcome of Expression of Interest application, successful applicants will be invited to make a full application
Stage Two  
28 September 2018                                                        Full application due
Early February 2019 Site visits by Trustees and staff, and applicant organisation presentations
Late February 2019 Major grant decisions announced


Application process 

A two stage application process for all groups and organisations seeking to apply:

Stage 1. Expression of Interest: Applicants will need to complete the form, briefly outlining the project and what the grant is for. Community groups and organisations who wish to apply for a grant of over $100,000 must submit an Expression of Interest in order to be considered in the Major Grant funding round. Please go here for an Expression of Interest form.

Stage 2. Major grant full application: Following the board consideration of all Expressions of Interests, invited organisations and groups will then be asked to submit a full grant application.


Decision making process

Grants staff will assess your application and all applications will be considered by the Board, with each application being assessed on individual merits, in the context of other grants being considered and funding available.

Depending on the size of request and nature of the application, your application will be assessed against some or all of the following factors:

  • Alignment with our strategic plan and priorities.
  • Project responsibility i.e. normally would local or central government be responsible for funding.
  • Strength of community support.
  • Evidence of need.
  • Current and future trends in the field the application relates to or in the community e.g. changing demographics.
  • Degree of partnering and collaboration.
  • Level of community benefit - projects which are for the exclusive benefit of a limited number of people will be a lower priority.
  • Likely outcomes and impact.
  • Value for money i.e. extent of community benefit relative to level of request.
  • Ongoing viability and sustainability in the long term.
  • Demonstrated need for funding supported by a comprehensive and realistic budget.
  • Alternative and complementary funding sources.
  • Credibility and capability of the organisation and ability to deliver.

As part of the assessment and decision making process the following may be undertaken:

  • Meetings with applicant organisations and site visits by staff to the applicant's organisation and/or project.
  • Discussions with relevant organisations e.g. other funders, councils, Government departments/agencies etc. 
  • Trustees will also make a site visits to each of the major grant applicant organisations and/or projects.
  • Organisations will have the opportunity to make a presentation to Trustees in support of their application.

If you would like to discuss your project or need help with the major grants application process, please contact our Grants Manager Dianne Williams:

  • Phone 0800 500 185 or (03) 218 2034 or 
  • Email: 

Our staff would love to have a chat to you about your project and discuss any questions you may have.