The Grassroots Fund

The “Grassroots Fund” is exactly that. It covers funding for the grassroots organisations in our community. With this fund, we’re carrying on doing what we’ve always done – fund the backbone of our communities.

This fund is where you apply for your operational support, events, programmes, capability and capacity building, and small repairs and maintenance. Applying for this fund follows a simple application process, with a bit of reporting at the other end.

 

Funding Pathways

The Grassroots Fund has four pathways under which organisations can apply for funding: participation, services, development and education. The only instance where individuals can apply for funding is for capacity development under the development pathway.

 

Participation Pathway

This pathway is designed to fund a range of sports, art, culture, recreation, events, activities, and environmental opportunities. It will support community participation for groups who may otherwise face barriers to participation, and celebrate cultural diversity and cross-cultural inclusion.

Activities this pathway will fund include:

  • Operating costs
  • Programme costs
  • Coaching
  • Events
  • Equipment
  • Small assets (like vehicles)
  • Repairs and maintenance (like kitchen or bathroom refurbishment)
  • Grassroots, regional, or local activities

 

It does not include:

  • Affiliation or membership fees
  • Property that doesn’t belong to the organisation
  • Events that offer prize money
  • National-level or elite activities
  • Training and capacity development
  • Funding for individuals

 

Apply for this fund if you are: a sports club, an arts, cultural or environmental organisation, or if you are organising an event that will enhance community participation.

If you’re not sure which is the right pathway for your application, please call us free on: 0800 878 720.

 

 

Service Pathway

This pathway is designed to fund the delivery of community services, extend the delivery and capability of services to meet community need, and support early intervention to address need.

 

Activities this pathway will fund include:

  • Operating costs
  • Programme Costs
  • Events
  • Equipment
  • Small assets (like vehicles)
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Grassroots, regional, or local activities

 

It does not include:

  • Affiliation or membership fees
  • Property that doesn’t belong to the organisation
  • Training
  • Unincorporated groups
  • Activities funded by Government
  • Funding for individuals

 

If you’re not sure which is the right pathway for your application, please call us free on: 0800 878 720.

 

 

Development Pathway

This pathway is designed to fund assistance with community-led consultation and planning, community-based partnerships between communities and other stakeholders, and support community leadership and capacity development. Ideally, these will be project-based activities.

 

Activities this pathway will fund include:

  • Projects focused on youth, community, Māori, or economic development that use a development approach for continued improvement and learning
  • Projects that are possibilities-based and use local leadership approaches
  • Neighbourhood connection projects
  • Training and development projects that increases capacity for individuals and organisations, or has demonstrable wider community benefit
  • Support to get people and communities volunteer-ready, or enable participation in activities that will benefit community capacity in the longer term
  • Workshops
  • Organisational development
  • Research and evaluation

 

It does not include:

  • Operating expenses
  • Overseas conferences or exchange programmes
  • Core training

 

Organisations applying for project-based funding under the development pathway may also apply for operating funding for their normal work under the participation or service pathways.

Talk to us on: 0800 878 720 before applying for funding under this pathway, to ensure it’s the right fit.

 

Education Pathway

This pathway is designed to enhance support to improve education opportunities, and reduce barriers to participating in education.

 

Applications must be from a formal education institution, or educational organisations that are ERO or NZQA audited. Schools must make applications through their Board of Trustees.

Applications under this pathway will only be accepted in November and March for consideration.

Activities this pathway will fund include:

  • Equipment
  • Small assets (like vehicles)
  • Events
  • Collaborative projects

 

It does not include:

  • Capital projects
  • Repairs and maintenance activities
  • Operating costs
  • Salaries
  • Professional development
  • Funding for individuals
  • Transport to and from school
  • Research costs
  • Projects that would reasonably be considered to be the responsibility of central or local government

Apply for this pathway if you are an ERO-reviewed early childhood centre or kohunga reo, school, or NZQA-audited educational organisation.

 

If you have any questions about this pathway and whether your application is the right fit, please call us on: 0800 878 720.

 

Documents required

You will need to provide the following documents with your application:

  • Your latest Annual Accounts
  • Confirmation of your bank account – this can be a pre-printed deposit slip or a verified confirmation from your bank.
  • A signed resolution from your committee, board or governing group confirming your authority to apply to ECCT for funding
  • Any relevant quotes

 

How long will it take?

Apart from the Education pathway, there are no closing dates. Eastern & Central Community Trust aims to provide a decision within three months of receiving a completed application. Organisations can only receive one Grassroots grant in any financial year (April-March).

Ideally, organisations should have spent any previous grants and completed an accountability form before applying again for funding.

 

Reporting back to us

We’re keen to find out if our funding made a difference, but we don’t want it to be too difficult to report back on how you’ve done. We have some simple questions for you  on how you did with your project, and we will need to have that submitted before you can apply again for your next grant. When this report is due to be completed, it will appear in Fluxx.