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Who can apply for grants?
  • Individual grants

Applicants must be living in Ōtorohanga or have very close associations with Ōtorohanga District.


  • Community group grants

Organisations must be not-for-profit entities based in Ōtorohanga and supporting Ōtorohanga communities


What are our grant priorities?

The Trust makes grants for charitable purposes in the following areas:

Sport and recreation
Health and well-being

Grants are made where there is a clear benefit to the Ōtorohanga District community or to a person living in the District.

We are especially keen on applications which build community cohesion and sustainability (paddling our waka together), connectedness, resilience, vibrancy and inclusion.

We try to do the most good for the most people we can.


What don’t we fund?

We don’t fund the following:

  • For-profit/business organisations or purposes

  • Repayment of debt

  • Personal loans

  • Religious purpose

  • Political advocacy

  • High performance sport or other competition

  • Core education and public health provided by government (e.g. teacher or nurse salaries, core school or medical equipment)

  • Retrospective applications

  • Endowments

  • Fundraising (e.g. costs for a fundraiser, marketing and event costs for fundraising events, raffle prizes)


How do you apply?

Applications will be considered at the following meetings with the associated closing date for applications:

Dates for Trust Meetings and Closing Dates

for Applications – 2023/24

Closing Date for Applications

Trust Meeting Date

Monday 17    April 

Monday 12    June

Monday 14    August​


Tuesday 14    November​

Monday 12    February 2024​

Monday 27    March


Monday 29    May 

Monday 7    August

Monday 30    October

Monday 22     January 2024











We ask you to please read our FAQs before applying to ensure your application is eligible.

The Trust will usually let applicants know the outcome during the week following the Board meeting.

Applications must be made on the Grant Application Form available on the website and emailed to


How do you account for your grant?

After you have used the grant, please email up to one page telling us how you used the grant and what benefits the grant provided.

You can only apply for further grants once you have accounted for any previous grants.

Grants must be used for the purpose you applied for. If the purpose is no longer going ahead, then you must repay the grant to Ōtorohanga Charitable Trust.


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