Innovative Project Grant

This innovative grant round has a two stage application process.

Stage 1

Expressions of Interest will open annually beginning September, closing at 5pm on the 31 October.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Expressions of Interest by the end of November.
Successful expressions of interest will then be invited to complete a full application.
To apply for the Innovative Project grant round click here.

Stage 2

Full applications will open annually beginning April, closing at 5.00pm on 30 April.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their full application by the end of May.
The successful expression of interest applicants will be sent a direct link to apply online.

Applicants can apply for:

  • A three year innovative project for funding up to $30,000 per annum
    (Year 1: $30,000, Year 2: $30,000, Year 3: $30,000. Total over three years: $90,000).
  • At the end of the three year period it is expected that the organisation(s) will have found other funding sources, a government contract or will be able to stand alone.

The Innovative Project grant may provide the bridge to enable programmes to be established or continue to be run including organisations working together.

About the Innovative Project

As a new initiative the Trust would like to invite registered charitable organisations based in Christchurch or supporting services in Christchurch who are looking to introduce a new programme or project and/or looking to collaborate with other charitable organisations to support in any of the following areas:

  • Disadvantaged children
  • Youth
  • The elderly
  • At risk families.

Funding Eligibility Criteria 

  • The organisation needs to be a registered charity.
  • Be introducing a new programme(s) / project(s).
  • Be based in or supporting services in Christchurch.
  • Organisations must outline in the expressions of interest how they have determined:
    • As to how they will meet this need
    • That there is a need for their service
    • On what basis they have determined this need.

The purpose of the Innovative Project Grant is to give organisations an opportunity to develop a project that is new and innovative. Projects are expected to support individuals, groups and or communities to make a positive difference in line with the Trust’s Mission Statement. Projects that have a preventive approach are of particular interest to the Trust (the opportunity to consider what they can do before a problem is emerges)

The Innovative Project Grant will support:

  • Salaries
  • Project costs
  • Programme costs

Funding will not cover

  • Capital expenses – purchase of land, buildings or vehicles
  • The promotion of religion
  • Overseas travel
  • Projects already completed

The Trust does not generally support

  • Individuals
  • Sporting groups unless this covers health and wellbeing for the community
  • Schools and early childhood centres
  • Environmental groups
  • Well established, uniformed youth groups.

Organisations/groups must show that they have the capacity and capability to undertake such a project/programme.

A six month accountability report will be required:

  • Actuals against budget
  • Who is being supported
  • Number being supported
  • What is working
  • What is not working
  • Any further information called for by the Advisory Board

Expressions of Interest:

A one page document uploaded to the Smarty Grants system allowing applicants to apply online.  The Expression of Interest will request the following information:

  • Purpose and activities of the organisation
  • A brief outline of the project and its intended outcome
  • How the organisation determined the need for this project
  • On what basis did the organisation determine this need
  • Cost of the project
  • Funds Sought from the Trust
  • Other funding sources
  • Charities registration will automatically be included in the online granting system

Expressions of Interest will open beginning September and closing at 5pm on the 31 October. The Trustee will notify the unsuccessful/successful Expressions of Interest by 30 November 2020. Successful Expressions of Interest will then be invited to complete a full application.

Full Application

  • Organisations will be asked to supply:
  • Their latest set of financial statements
  • A budget for the programme
  • Full details of the project
  • Any further information called for by the Advisory Board
  • Where they will source other funding if required
  • Will the programme commence if the organisation does not have sufficient funding, and or other funding is not forthcoming.

Full Applications will close at 5.00pm on the 30 April 2021

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their full application by 31 May 2021.