Funding Clarification, Funding Priorities & Ineligible Funding Requests
As more than two thirds of applications received by the Trust are from sporting clubs, teams and organisations; the Trust considers it is worthwhile commenting on purposes commonly applied for.
We will not fund fees or subscriptions levied by clubs on teams or individuals within the club. The Trust may still fund club (not team) affiliation or capitation fees to a regional or national sports body upon receipt of an appropriate quote/invoice; however you should note that funding affiliation fees is not a high priority for the Trust, and it is unlikely that a request will be successful.
We may fund playing uniforms (excluding footwear) for sports teams or clubs. We may fund a wet weather training shell jacket or tracksuit. We will not fund any casual team gear such as polo shirts, t-shirts, beanies, fleece jackets or dress uniforms, unless the polo or t-shirts are the playing uniform.
SOCIAL SPORTS TEAMS:
This means teams that form to play sports such as touch rugby, dragon boating, indoor volleyball, netball or cricket, or similar 'social' sports. These teams are usually not incorporated societies and they may or may not be affiliated to a national association. Such teams may apply to the Trust for funding, however any such applications will not be granted a high priority by the Trustees, and again, it is unlikely you will be successful. The Trust may consider an overall funding request that may benefit an event or module (touch rugby) if made by a reputable association.
The Trust may fund a motorsport or car-club for costs associated with running an event, for example, safety marshals or time-keepers. The Trust will not fund an individual or racing team for racing costs such as tyres, fuel, or protective gear.
We cannot grant funds to professional sports people or professional teams or clubs playing in a professional or semi-professional league or competition. However a funding request where a professional sportsperson provides coaching or training to amateur players or clubs may be considered.
We do not fund trips that are social in nature. This includes end of year/season 'away' trips for rugby or other sports teams.
FOOD & DRINK:
We do not fund the cost of food or beverage. The exception to this is funding Christmas parties or similar functions for elderly or special needs children.
We do not fund any league or competition that is hotel based. Inter hotel darts/pool/fishing or bowls tournaments are ineligible for funding.
We will consider applications to fund trophies, ribbons or other awards that recognise merit or success. We may fund reasonable non-cash prizes for open access sporting or community events. Although the term 'reasonable' is subjective the Trust will consider the scale of the event as a whole when considering appropriate prize levels.
SALARIES OR PROFESSIONAL FEES:
Salaries are not an authorized purpose for the Trust. We would much prefer applications to concentrate on other priorities such as equipment, chattels, programme delivery or improvement or maintenance of facilities.
The Trust will not fund the reimbursement of electricity, gas, telephone or other utility costs for a club or community organisation. We may consider funding the cost of renting or leasing premises.
The Trust may fund transport costs for teams or organisations to travel within NZ for tournaments or similar reasons. Applications for vehicle hire, flights, ferries etc will all be considered if accompanied by competitive quotes. However, petrol costs or mileage will not be funded.
This may be considered by the Trust so long as the applicant group is attending a bona fide tournament or event. However you should note that funding overseas travel is not a high priority for the Trust, and it is unlikely that a request will be successful. You must provide evidence such as an itinerary, event entry form or letter of invitation from the host, to support any funding request of this type. All quotes must be from New Zealand travel agents or companies.
The Trust is not permitted to grant funds to any individual, such as a young tennis player needing funds to travel to compete in a tournament. We may fund that player's club for travel assistance on his/her behalf. By applying through a club, or local/national association the necessary audit trail and independent scrutiny is provided.
The Trust cannot fund educational purposes that would normally be funded by the Ministry of Education, such as teachers' salaries, and general school running costs.
The Trust may fund an academic or sporting scholarship that may be openly contested, assessed against established criteria, and independently adjudicated and awarded. The Trust will not fund the payment of academic fees or course costs that may enhance the career or educational development of any individual.
The Trust does not fund family, school or sports club reunions.
Direct Community Benefit
The Trust may only grant funds that accrue a direct and immediate community benefit. This means we cannot fund prizes for a lottery that will raise funds for a charity (e.g., CANTEEN). However, we can grant funds directly to the charity for teenage cancer sufferers.
We cannot fund any activity or organisation that is a lobby group or seeks to use funds to change government or any other institutional policy.
As previously mentioned (Educational Purposes) the Trust is unlikely to fund any purpose that is already funded by central or local government Vote money, or in the opinion of the Trust, should be funded by the central or local government. This usually includes funding of a health or welfare nature, and would normally be funded by ACC, Dept of Health, WINZ or other Ministries.
EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES OR ORGANISATIONS
We are unable to fund trusts or other similar organisations who specialise in providing employment opportunities for individuals. Funding training schemes for people that would enable them to seek employment are also ineligible
If you are unsure whether your intended application meets all of the criteria, you may contact us by email (see contact page for details).