What is the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury?
The Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury is a philanthropic trust which donates funding towards the projects of not-for-profit community organisations in the Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury regions.
How long has it been going?
The Community Trust has been in existence since 1988 by Act of Parliament. Initially it was known as the Trust Bank South Canterbury Community Trust and in 1996 was renamed The Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury.
What is the region that it serves?
The Community Trust takes donation applications from organisations that operate within the provinces of Mid and South Canterbury. The Rakaia River in the north, the Waitaki River in the south and the Southern Alps, to the west, are the boundaries. The region includes the local authority districts of Ashburton, Mackenzie, Timaru and Waimate.
Where does the Community Trust get its money from?
Community funds, set aside by the South Canterbury Savings Bank and the Trustee Bank South Canterbury when they closed, have been invested. It is the annual returns from these investments that are used to run the organisation and fund the donations.
Who are the Trustees?
The trustees are respected community-minded members of the local communities within Mid & South Canterbury, appointed because they have the necessary skills to help the Community Trust run its business.
How are the Trustees appointed?
Trustees are appointed by the Minister of Finance, or the Associate Minister of Finance, usually on the advice of local Members of Parliament. They are appointed to 4-year terms filling vacancies on the Community Trust that occur by rotation.
How much is donated each year?
The Community Trust usually donates between $1 million and $1.5 million per year. The level of the donation budget is dependent on the level of investment returns in the preceding year.
What types of groups can apply for donations?
Not-for-profit community groups can apply for funding. They need to have rules, meetings, good decision-making processes and good financial management and reporting processes. Most of the organisations that apply are incorporated societies, incorporated trusts or registered charities, but not all. Some are affiliated to larger organisations that are registered as societies, trusts or charities.
Where does the money come from?
The money donated comes from the earnings from investments.
Can individuals apply for donations?
No, individuals cannot apply for or receive Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury funding.
What types of projects are funded?
Broadly, we fund projects associated with community health and welfare, sport and recreation, culture and heritage, education, and the environment. Check the list of recipients on this website to get a better idea of what we donate to.
What types of groups are NOT funded?
Government and local body organisations are ineligible for funding. For-profit companies and commercial enterprises are also ineligible for funding. Schools, kindergartens and teacher-led community early learning centres cannot apply for general donations, although they do receive a formula-driven annual donation for assisting disadvantaged students.
How do organisations apply?
Organisations need to gather all their supporting information then fill out the online application form.
Can I apply using a paper or PDF form?
No. The Community Trust no longer accepts these old forms as our donations are now managed through an integrated software system which is used for decision making and to process payments. Organisations need to gather all their supporting information then fill out the online application form.
What if I need help with my application?
The Community Relations Manager is happy to assist groups with the application process and give advice.
The 10 Trustees decide which applicant organisations will receive a donation and how much they will get.
There are 12 donation rounds between February and November. Comprising ten monthly rounds February to November to consider applications up to $10,000, and two rounds (in May and November) to consider applications over $10,000. Deadlines for applications fall on the third Friday of the preceding month prior to consideration (for up to $10,000 applications) and on the third Friday of March and September (for over $10,000 applications) which are considered in May and November respectively. More information.
The Trustees review each application prior to their monthly donation round, and then discuss the merits of each application as a group. They compare the merits of each application with other donations made previously and with other applications in the round, always keeping in mind the donation budget for that round. As a group they decide whether an application will receive a donation and how much it will get. The role of the Community Relations Manager is to run due diligence on each application and to seek additional information if required to ensure that Trustees have all they need.
Can an organisation make more than one application per year?
Organisations should generally make only one application within the Community Trust’s financial year, which runs from 1st April to 31st March on an annual cycle. Second applications, within the Community Trust’s financial year, will only be considered in very exceptional circumstances.
Community House – Timaru
Where is Community House situated?
27 Strathallan Street, Timaru, next to the Post Shop.
Where can I park?
The car park spaces next door to Community House, are leased by and for the exclusive use of those organisations that operate from Community House. You will need to find a public park nearby, such as the public car parks in Sophia Street or The Terrace.
What is Community House all about?
Community House is a community support hub – a base for not-for-profit community welfare and support organisations. These organisations share the space and facilities available.
What organisations are in Community House?
There are over 20 different welfare and support organisations that work from Community House. More information.
How do I book a meeting room?
Community House has two interview rooms and two meeting rooms available for occasional hire by community organisations and agencies. Ring 0800 672287 or (03) 6877630 between 9am & 2pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking. More information.
Who owns Community House?
Community House is owned and administered by the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury as a further contribution to community welfare.