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The David Ellison Charitable Trust 2020 Grant Round

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 15 May 2020 (NZST).

The David Ellison Charitable Trust

2020 Grant Round

Applications are open from 2 March 2020 to 15 May 2020 (5pm). Due to the Covid-19 lock down, the closing date for applications has been extended from 30 April 2020 to 15 May 2020. The outcome of the applications will be advised by the end of June 2020.  Please note that these dates are subject to change if the period of isolation of all New Zealanders is extended beyond 4 weeks. 

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

Applicants should carefully consider the criteria which may be varied from time to time.

Who is eligible? The Trust looks to promote and advance charitable purposes in New Zealand and overseas or other charitable causes through New Zealand charitable organisations (registered with Charities Services), with a primary focus on the Christchurch/Canterbury region and who meet the objectives of the Trust as outlined below:

To assist New Zealand charitable organisations to build strong, inclusive and supportive communities,that:

  • Maintain and improve children’s health, education and well-being both in New Zealand and overseas.
  • Work to provide preventative education and support and improve the quality of life for at risk families within New Zealand.
  • Maintain and improve the quality of life and health aid for families and poverty stricken communities.
  • Through New Zealand charitable organisations - provide disaster relief and aid in crisis situations.

Preference will be given to those of a Christian focus, but applications without this focus will also be considered.

This may be through grant making that compliments other funding sources or targets when alternative sources of funding are not available. Applications from controlling bodies are preferred. Applicants are expected to have made endeavours to raise funds independently, with any Government funding taken into consideration. Applications for religious purposes will be considered only when the organisation is providing full and general secular education or a social service.

Individuals, sports organisations and service clubs are not eligible to apply to the Trust.

How much funding is available? The maximum amount you can apply for is $10,000.

How are decisions made? All grant applications are considered by the Advisory Trustees. It is important that all details on the application form are concise and easy to read. Decisions relating to grant applications are made on the information provided in the application and other general enquiries. Application forms that are not completed in full will not be accepted. The Advisory Trustees may approve a grant subject to certain conditions, in such circumstances, the funds will normally be held by the Trustee until the conditions have been met. The decision is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

Important dates

The applications are to be completed and submitted via Public Trust’s online Granting System ‘Smarty Grants’.

  • Applications are open from 9am 2 March 2020 and closing 15 May 2020 at 5pm
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the end of June 2020

Late applications will not be accepted

Contact us: Any questions should be directed to Public Trust by email to or phone us on 0800 371 471.

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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • Please ensure you have read the Trust’s Funding Eligibility Criteria on the Public Trust website.
  • If you are unsure if your organisation is eligible to apply or of the suitability of your funding request contact us on 0800 371 471 or

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

  • First time users will need to register.

Hint: you will need an email address to register.  If your organisation has a ‘generic’ email (e.g. using this may allow other staff members to use the same login in future (as long as they know the password).

Your login can be used for any Trust managed by Public Trust granting via SmartyGrants and can be used in future grant rounds.

Note: Please store your login details in a safe place for future reference.

  • Once registered, you can login to the system and start your application.

Step 3: Complete your Application

  • The application is best viewed/completed on a non-mobile device.
  • Complete all of the required questions – mandatory questions are marked with an *
  • Attach all required supporting documents.

Note: Our preferred format for attachments is PDF, Excel, Word or JPG.  Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.

Hint: Save your work regularly so it is not lost if you time out or lose your connection.

You can save your application at any stage and return to it later.

Make sure the spell checker is switched on in your browser to prevent spelling errors.

Step 4: Review and submit your Application

  • When you are satisfied with your application press the review button to ensure that all required sections of the application have been completed (you must do this before the submit button is enabled).
  • Submit your application.

  Note: Once you have submitted your application no further editing or uploading of supporting documents is possible.

Step 5: What happens next?

  • You will receive an automated email confirming your submission with a copy of your application attached and information about how/when your Application will be assessed.  This will be sent to the email you used to register.

If you do not receive a confirmation email then your Application has not been successfully submitted (don’t forget to check your spam email folder when looking for the email).

  • We will contact you if we require any further information to consider your Application.
  • We will contact you after the Board Meeting has been held to consider the Appliactions either successful/unsuccessful.

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

If you have any technical difficulties using the online SmartyGrants portal email