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  • A registered charity
  • An incorporated society
  • A registered charitable trust
  • A limited liability company fully owned by one of the above, operating for charitable purposes
  • Controlled or coordinated by an arm of central or local government
  • Controlled by an association of persons under an adopted constitution and rules, with acceptable financial accounts and annual reports.

Your organisation must also be located within the Rotorua Trust boundary.

Not eligible:

  • Organisations run for private profit
  • Individuals
  • Items/expenses that have already been paid for

All grant applications are to be submitted online. With the exception of December, applications close on the last day of each month and will have a funding outcome confirmed by the following month. Applications submitted in December will be considered at the Trust’s February meeting.

Note – Rotorua Civic Arts Trust:
– Rotorua Civic Arts Trust considers applications up to a maximum amount of $5,000.
– Amounts over $5,000 should be directed to Rotorua Trust.
– Applications can only be made to either Rotorua Civic Arts Trust or Rotorua Trust.

next step: which funding round does your project fit in?

Grants up to $50,000 are reviewed in the Trust’s monthly funding rounds. Applications submitted by the due date are reviewed at the Trust’s next board meeting, subject to all required documents being provided.

Grants over $50,000 have a longer review period, of a minimum of two months. The applicant will be informed which Board Meeting their application will be brought to. Applications over $50,000 will require additional documentation, such as a business case and/or a meeting with Rotorua Trust.

All grant applications are to be submitted online.

The decision to approve or decline a funding application lies with the Trustees, who meet every month (apart from January) to consider each grant request and the accompanying funding recommendation. Trustees will generally only consider one application from an organisation over 12 months.

All applications are reviewed during the due diligence process, during which we will contact applicants if additional information is required.

We welcome applicants to contact us before applying via

2024 due dates and board meeting dates

Application Due DateBoard Meeting
Wednesday, 31 January 2024Friday, 23 February 2024
Thursday, 29 February 2024Thursday, 28 March 2024
Sunday, 31 March 2024Friday, 26 April 2024
Tuesday, 30 April 2024Friday, 31 May 2024
Friday, 31 May 2024Thursday, 27 June
Sunday, 30 June 2024Friday, 26 July 2024
Wednesday, 31 July 2024Friday, 30 August 2024
Saturday, 31 August 2024Friday, 27 September 2024
Monday, 30 September 2024Friday, 25 October 2024
Thursday, 31 October 2024Friday, 29 November 2024
Monday, 18 NovemberFriday, 13 December 2024

You can view a preview of the application form here. Note: all funding applications must be submitted via the Grants Portal.