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NZCGT Scholarships 2017

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 7:00PM 31 January 2018 (NZDT).

New Zealand Communities Growth Trust (NZCGT)

Public Trust is the Trustee of the New Zealand Communities Growth Trust (NZCGT). The Trust was established by a Court Order dated 3 April 2000.

A number of scholarships are offered to former Centrepoint residents and their descendants to assist towards tertiary course fees and other course related costs. The value of each scholarship is up to $5,000 per annum for up to 3 years.

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

Important dates

  • Applications open from the 1st of December 2017 with a closing date of 31 January 2018.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 28th of February 2018.


  • At this time the Trustee is only considering applications from former Centrepoint residents and their descendants.
  • The programme of study must be in a recognised tertiary institution and the course must not be less than one year in duration.

Please note

  • The applicant may be required to attend an interview.
  • Public Trust as Trustee of NZCGT reserves the right to pro-rata scholarships for part time study.

Any questions should be directed to


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

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply or of the suitability of your funding request contact us on

Step 2:  Register or login to apply online

  • First time users will need to register.

Hint: you will need an email address to register.  

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 (Full Applications only).

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.

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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.

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

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