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David Ellison Charitable Trust - Innovative Grant Round 2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 30 October 2020 (NZDT).

The David Ellison Charitable Trust

Innovative Project Funding - 2020 Grant Round

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

  • Disadvantage children
  • Youth
  • The elderly  
  • At risk families

Funding Eligibility Criteria

To apply for funding to the Innovative Project Grant;

  • Your organisation needs to be a registered charity
  • Introduce a new programme(s) or project(s)
  • Based in or supporting services in Christchurch

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 preventative approach are of particular interest to the Trust (the opportunity to consider what they can do before a problem emerges).

Applicants can apply for:

  • A three year innovative project for funding up to $30,000 per annum ( Year 1: $30k, Year 2: $30k, Year 3: $30k, Total over 3 years: $90k)
  • At the end of the three year period it is expected that the organisation 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.

Stage 1 - Expressions of interest close at 5pm on Friday 30 October 2020 - Late applications will not be accepted. The Advisory Board will meet to review the Expressions of Interest advising the outcome to applicants by 30 November 2020.

Stage 2 – Successful Expression of Interest will be invited to complete a full application which will then be considered for a grant. Full Applications will open 1 April 2021 and close on 30 April 2021 and the outcome of these will be advised to applicants by the end of May 2021.

For further enquiries, contact

Public Trust 

Telephone 0800 371 471 or Email:

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Step 1: Determine eligibility

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

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