Who may apply for a grant

To assist in an appropriate allocation of grants the WCCT will consider the merits of each application and the benefits received across the community it serves via the following sectors:

  • Art/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health
  • Sport/Recreation
  • Youth


Eligible applications will be from groups and organisations that should be:

  • An incorporated society;
  • A registered charitable trust, or;
  • A body (or club) or other legally constituted body which can demonstrate a formal constitution or rules with accounts and an annual report;
  • Have a wide community benefit;
  • Projects that clearly demonstrate that they have a positive impact in one of the above grant sectors;
  • Are for project related costs – general operational expenses may be
  • Some degree of contribution/fundraising towards the project (i.e. can be in-kind through volunteer labour, etc or financial support from other sources);
  • Directly benefit the West Coast/Te Tai o Poutini region. Grants will not be made to nationally or regionally based organisations unless they have staff based on the West Coast, have a history of servicing the West Coast or where they fall within the Combined Community Trust’s NZ Wide Policy criteria.
Ineligibility includes
  • Projects that do not benefit the communities that the WCCT serves;
  • Endowments or a capital fund;
  • Completed or retrospective projects;
  • Commercial organisations or groups operating for private profit;
  • Projects which the Trustees consider are the primary responsibility of local or central government;
  • Debt repayments;
  • Political and lobbying activities;
  • Religious or faith-based instruction, lobbying or education;
  • Uniforms except for those that have U18 year old participants;
  • Promotion or benefit of an individual;
  • Salaries, wages;
  • Overseas travel;
  • Motor vehicles;
  • Travel costs – Exceptions can be made in special circumstances where the impact of that travel will be of major benefit to the region.

Other Grant Criteria:

a) Groups and organisations seeking funding need to clearly demonstrate how funding support will either:

  • Contribute to community well-being.
  • Provide educational and cultural learning opportunities
  • Other philanthropic or recreational activities and services for the benefit and/or enjoyment of the public
  • Alleviate social problems or reduce the effects of poverty
  • Be otherwise beneficial to the community.

b) Only applications completed online via the WCCT’s website will be considered. Incomplete applications for grants will not be considered.

c) An organisation must use the grant for the purpose for which it has applied and be fully expended within 12 months of the grant funds being received. If a time extension is required, written permission/email must be obtained from the trust. Failure to adhere to these requirements will require the grant to be refunded to the trust and may disqualify the applicant’s organisation from future grants.

d) Any new applicant shall have the support of a recognised agency, community group, national body or local authority. Two letters of support should be provided with an application.

e) In the case of sporting organisations, the grant must be made to assist that sport at junior level (i.e. U18)

f) A grant application will not be considered/approved if the applicant has an outstanding or unsatisfactory Accountability Report

g) An organisation is eligible for one grant within a 12 month period between 1st April and 31st March.

Apply for a Grant:
Grant Categories:

So that grants reach as many people as possible, the Trust donates under six broad categories:

  • Art/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Health
  • Sport/Recreation
  • Youth
Closing Dates:

The trust has two grant rounds with applications closing on:

  • 30th APRIL and
  • 31st OCTOBER

Applications will be considered at each full meeting of the Trust board following the closing dates of grants.

Grant Accountability & Evaluation Report:

Download and fill out the Grant Accountability & Evaluation form  within 12 months of receiving the West Coast Community Trust grant.

Please Note : failure to complete this report may result in your organisation having to refund the donation.