Latest Grassroots Trust News

02 August 2018

New sports uniforms for Panama Road School

The kids at Panama Road School will look smart and stand proud when wearing their new sports uniforms proudly funded by Grassroots Trust.

Panama Road School is a decile 1A primary school situated between Otahuhu and Mt-Wellington. Established in 1960, the school caters for Years 0-6, and has a very supportive community with parents who have high expectations for their children's education. As a small school, they strive to achieve and reach each student’s potential.

Panama Road School Executive Officer, Vicky Baker said, “Many of our children are very sporty so success on the sports field can be hugely uplifting for them. We want our students to be proud of themselves and their school, and looking smart means a lot to them, and also to those parents who come to support them.”

Speaking of the approved funding, Principal Jane Dold said, “Over the past few years, the staff at Panama Road School have worked towards growing our school PRIDE values, of participation, respect, integrity, determination and empowerment inside and outside class.  It will be great to see students exhibiting this on the sports field too, when they wear their new sports uniform.  It looks smart and will help our students to feel proud when competing and representing our school.  Students are proud of who they are, our school, and our community and now this will be shown in the way we look, as well as by the way we perform”.

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide local funding to local communities. We’re very proud to be able to support Panama Road School”

Grassroots Trust currently operates Class 4 Gambling venues which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

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30 July 2018

New court lights for Bombay Tennis Club

The members at Bombay Tennis Club have recently upgraded their courts lights with the help of funding support from Grassroots Trust.

Founded in 2002, Bombay Tennis Club is a community club with facilities available to promote and encourage the sport of tennis to people of all ages. Playing tennis is a good sport to maintain your health, fitness, strength and agility. As well as the fitness and physical health benefits, tennis is also a great way to meet people.

Speaking of the approved funding, Committee member Geoffrey Dickey said, “We really appreciate the help Grassroots Trust has given us to complete the project. Not only are the new lights more cost effective to run, but less maintenance is also required. With the new lights in we have managed to play 2 nights a week through most of winter. It has also helped with better line calls from some of our matured members”.

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support Bombay Tennis Club”.

Grassroots Trust currently operates three venues in the Franklin community, Edinburgh St, The Kentish Hotel and Barbs Bar and Diner which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Franklin region are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

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27 July 2018

Quality Education Outside the Classroom

30 lucky Year 12 students from James Cook High School were able to experience a four day/overnight sailing trip, thanks to funding support from Grassroots Trust.

James Cook High School is a multicultural, co-educational public secondary school located in Manurewa, South Auckland. The school caters for students from predominantly Maori and Pasifika cultural backgrounds.

The James Cook Year 12 Outdoor Education students experienced a four day/overnight sailing trip aboard the Stein lager 2 with the New Zealand Sailing Trust.  They learnt to navigate, sail, cook on a yacht; and received NCEA credits towards their academic results in risk management analysis, social responsibility, navigation, rules and regulations of the sea. They were also offered the opportunity to complete a day skippers certification.

James Cook High School’s Head of Physical Education & Health, Jenna Reiri said, “Most of our students' families are financially strained and our school struggles to offer quality Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) if large costs are involved. Our students learn the most about themselves and others when we remove them from the environment of a typical school day. Learning to navigate, sail, cook and live on a yacht is truly a unique experience for our students, which would not usually be accessible in their day to day lives.”

Past students expressed that their self-esteem grew and they gained in confidence from the experience. They also said that it was great to get out in an environment that they normally wouldn't experience in everyday life.

Speaking of the approved funding, Principal Grant McMillan said, “This extremely valuable and successful experience would not have been possible without the support we received from Grassroots Trust”.

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support James Cook High School”

Grassroots Trust currently operates five venues in the Manurewa-Papakura-Manukau community, Blacksmiths, Murphy’s Law Irish Bar, Shooters Snooker and Pool, Kiwi Bar and Rewa Bar which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Manurewa-Papakura region are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

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27 July 2018

Grant Recipients for year end 31 March 2018

Grassroots Trust are pleased to announce that we contributed $13,251,578 to sport, education and community groups between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.

We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our August 2018 meeting.

Click here to apply online.

25 July 2018

July 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,282,173.42 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our August 2018 meeting.

Click here to apply online.

25 July 2018

Essential life saving equipment for Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade

Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade now has additional rescue and cutting equipment to expand their rescue capability within the local and extended community; with the help of funding support from Grassroots Trust.

The Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade provides emergency, educational and fire safety community services to the Tauranga area. Due to the location of the Tauranga station, the Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade have a large emergency response area, which include several state highways (2, 2A, 29, 29A and 36]. The additional hydraulic rescue equipment provides the voluntary service with the ability to extricate trapped people from vehicles efficiently.

Speaking of the approved funding, Station Officer Bruce Nilson said, “ The brigade is grateful for the additional capability this new equipment provides for emergency responders in Tauranga and surrounding district”.

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support the Tauranga Volunteer Fire Brigade in the crucial role they play within the community.”

Grassroots Trust currently operates two venues in the Tauranga community, The Flying Mullet Ale House and The Gee C which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Tauranga region are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz

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19 July 2018

Empowering our children to use technology positively

The students of Parawai, Thames South and Thames High Schools are enjoying and benefiting from 180 new Chromebooks, made available through the generous funding support of Grassroots Trust.

IT and digital media competence are important skills for our children to develop, especially as we live in a world where these skills are needed in the workplace. Digital technologies can have many positive impacts on learning and offer challenging activities and opportunities for real world problem-solving activities.

Digital technology is an increasingly important part of the learning programme for students at all levels.  Portable digital technology allows students to access the internet and to use a variety of digital applications to support their learning, as and when it is appropriate.

Thames High School Principal Dave Sim says “Portable digital technologies, combined with the upgrading of the school’s wireless network, means that students have high quality digital resources at their fingertips. Arranging the chromebooks in ‘COWs’ (Computers On Wheels – purpose-designed trolleys which enable easy storage, charging and movement of the devices) means that students throughout the school have access to this learning resource.

“The new devices are really cool – they’re easy to use and reliable.  Now that we have more of them in the school they’re so much easier to access” – student comment

“I don’t know how we would manage without them.  The new chromebooks mean that students can complete and present their work in different ways and to a high standard” – teacher comment

“Thank you to the Grassroots Trust – their generous grant has meant that our students and teachers can enjoy the benefits of new technology, which supports both teaching and learning”. – Dave Sim, Principal

Principal of Parawai School Hayden Iles said, “When we received notice at the end of the 2017 school year that we were being granted $28,000 from Grassroots Trust, we were absolutely over the moon. We never anticipated receiving such generous funding with which we were able to purchase 84 chromebooks and 6 storage trolleys.  These devices are heavily used every day by the students and have had a massive impact on their education.    It is wonderful to be able to go into a classroom and see an entire class all engaged and fully immersed with their learning with the new technology that Grassroots has generously provided.  We are extremely grateful."

Principal of Thames South School Kim Nikora said, “The financial grant of $15,750.00  gave us the opportunity to further increase access for all students in terms of technology as a tool for learning. This boost helped us get one step closer to achieving our goal of one device per student from Year 4 onwards.  The grant from Grassroots Trust has had many positive impacts for our learning community.  Collaboration occurs more effectively between students, student and teacher, student and principal or other teaching staff. We are strengthening our capacity for differentiating and personalising learning for students. This level of provision supports easy access for students who need extra learning support and free access to these tools has shown in student engagement and motivation, especially in writing.”

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to support our local schools to ensure students are able to fully participate in digital learning opportunities at school.”

Grassroots Trust currently operates two venues in the Thames community, Junction Hotel and Imperial Hotel which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Thames region are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

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27 June 2018

June 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,042,207.33 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our July 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

20 June 2018

Changes to our Grants Policy

Grassroots Trust Limited recently completed their annual review of their Grants Policy for 2018.

So what has changed?

Although Grassroots Trust Limited has always been a strong supporter of Community Groups providing Education Services and Schools, their Authorised Purpose has now been updated to reflect this.

Grassroots Trust Limited is authorised to operate gaming machines to raise money for the following authorised purpose:

 a.  Any charitable purpose;

b.  Any non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community.

The above authorised purposes include (but are not limited to):

  • The promotion and development of amateur rugby union football, within rugby provincial unions and clubs affiliated to the New Zealand Rugby Football Union Incorporated deemed to have subscribed to and be bound by the constitution and rules of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union Incorporated;
  • The promotion and development of any other amateur sport through direct support of amateur sporting bodies.  Grants only issued to sports bodies which are formally established and/or legally constituted;
  • Promotion and development of community organisations which are established for charitable, educational or cultural purposes beneficial to the community or a section of it or any other purpose beneficial to the community or a section of it. 

Grants will not be made for the purpose of stake money for any types of races.

So what does this mean for me and my organisation?

The change in Authorised Purpose will have no effect on your organisation.  This merely validates Grassroots Trust Limited’s continued commitment to support Community Groups providing Education Services and Schools.

To see the full Grants Policy that includes the change in Authorised Purpose, please click here

Still have questions?

Our Grants Team is available between 8.30am and 5.00pm weekdays to help you with any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact them on 0800 957 960.

20 June 2018

BMX track becoming a reality

With funding support from Grassroots Trust and countless voluntary hours fundraising, designing and project managing the refurbishment of the BMX track in Te Aroha is starting to pay off.

BMX racing is an exciting sport open to riders of all ages, making it great fun for all the family. Te Aroha BMX Club is a small club with big dreams of getting their track and its surroundings to a tidy and safe standard. The Club is committed to getting the track completed so the community can participate and start benefiting from this great resource. The track will not only benefit the Te Aroha community but also the surrounding communities such as Tatuanui, Morrinsville, Matamata and the national BMX community.

Speaking of the approved funding, Secretary/Treasurer Alana Jenkins said, “Grassroots has been a huge support for our club.  We wouldn't be where we are today without them.  We really appreciate everything they have done."

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support Te Aroha BMX and this very beneficial project and community resource.”

Grassroots Trust currently operates Palace Hotel in Te Aroha, which generates funding to support their local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Matamata-Piako District are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.Te Aroha BMX Track

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 June 2018

Inspiring Kiwis to love badminton for life

Badminton is thriving in New Zealand thanks to the dedicated team at Badminton New Zealand and support from Grassroots Trust. Chris McIvor, Community Manager based in Napier is leading the way by working alongside a number of associations and clubs to foster and support members by delivering programmes and initiatives that not only strengthen the player base but also those that play crucial behind the scene roles.

Badminton New Zealand inspires kiwis to love badminton for life by growing, developing and supporting badminton in all communities across New Zealand. Badminton New Zealand delivers national development programmes for kiwi kids, holds national events for thousands of players and provides a pathway for coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers to engage in badminton.

Speaking of the approved funding, Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock said, “Support and funding from the Grassroots Trust is critical in enabling Badminton New Zealand to grow and develop badminton across communities. We are seeing great results in Hawke’s Bay where we are working with their volunteers and their new Community Development Officer to provide more high-quality badminton experiences to kids in their community. Hawke’s Bay kids love badminton and it’s great to have the support of the Grassroots Trust to be able to provide them and kids from around New Zealand with the opportunity to play.”

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support Badminton New Zealand and the great initiatives they have in place for their membership base across the Hawkes’ Bay Region.”

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Grassroots Trust currently operates Bev Ridges on York which is based in Tamatea, Napier; as well Cru Bar and Level 1 in Hastings Central, which all generate funding to support their local communities.

Sport, education and community groups within the Napier and Hastings communities are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

20 June 2018

New rugby playing kits for Pukekohe Junior Rugby Club

The kids at Pukekohe Junior Rugby Club will look the part this rugby season with new playing kits, with the help of funding support from Grassroots Trust.

Founded in 1953, Pukekohe Junior Boy’s Rugby Football Club was set up to promote and foster the game of Rugby Football.  The club has experienced a large growth in the participation and currently has over 400 junior players registered members aged between five and 13 years of age.

Speaking of the approved funding, President Dale Tucker said, “Pukekohe Junior Rugby is very appreciative for the support from Grassroots Trust and all of our sponsors. The new jerseys look great and the players love them. We are extremely happy to be partnering with Grassroots to support kids in sport.”

Grassroots Trust Chairman Martin Bradley said, “Grassroots Trust aims to provide grants to communities where the funds were generated.  We’re very proud to be able to support Pukekohe Junior Boy’s Rugby Club”.

Grassroots Trust currently operates three venues in the Franklin community, Edinburgh St, The Kentish Hotel and Barbs Bar and Diner which generate funding to support the local community.

Sport, education and community groups within the Franklin region are encouraged to submit an application to Grassroots Trust for funding and can seek further information and apply online at www.grassrootstrust.co.nz.

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23 May 2018

May 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $808,436.36 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our June 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

26 April 2018

April 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,223,848.42 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our May 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

09 April 2018

Gaming in New Zealand pubs highly regulated, industry groups say

An Australian court case about gaming machines in pubs has put the spotlight on gaming in New Zealand and Australia, says the Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand.

Bruce Robertson, Independent Chairman of the Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ), says the landmark court case in Australia attracted international interest as it was the first of its kind in the world.

A federal judge recently dismissed claims made under Australian Consumer Law that gaming machines were inherently unfair to players. Lawyers representing former problem gambler Shonica Guy argued that covert features of the game Dolphin Treasure, also widely used in New Zealand, were designed to be addictive, contributing to her problem gambling. However, Justice Debra Mortimer found no evidence this was the case.

Mr Robertson says the New Zealand gaming industry is highly regulated and recognises some people struggle with gambling, whether it takes the form of Lotto, racing, scratchies or gaming at machines in pubs. New Zealand and Australia have stringent conditions around gaming, he says.

Data shows problem gambling is not a growing issue. The Department of Internal Affairs has just released performance indicatorswhich show there are fewer problem gamblers even though revenue from gaming has increased in recent years. The Ministry of Health estimates 0.3% of the adult population, about 14,000 people (or one in 333 New Zealand adults) is a problem gambler. About half of those say pub or club-based gaming machines is their primary mode of gambling.

The Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI), used internationally and by New Zealand’s Ministry of Health to screen the general population for problem gambling, indicates New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of problem gambling in the world, Mr Robertson says.

That sentiment has been echoed by Hamilton-based Grassroots Trust, which distributes nearly $13 million a year in community funding from gaming machines. The Trust is arguing against a planned Hamilton City Council policy change around gaming machines that would ultimately reduce the amount of money going back into the community.

Grassroots Trust operates 36 gaming venues in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay and returns over 40% of profits from machines to local communities and schools for sport, education and community activities. It is the sixth largest gaming trust in New Zealand and has given out more than $60 million to community organisations and major projects since 2003.

Chairman Martin Bradley says the Trust does not usually seek to put itself in the limelight but feels it must let community organisations know about the potential impact on their ability to deliver outcomes for their communities if Hamilton City Council adopts a dramatically changed policy.

Under a review of the Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy, Hamilton City Council plans to keep its sinking lid policy on gaming venues within Hamilton’s pubs, but will no longer allow gaming venues to move or clubs to merge under the draft policy.

Mr Bradley says the Grassroots Trust board and others will be making a case for retaining the current policy. Under that policy, the council controlled any growth of gaming machines, but allowed for venues to move or clubs to merge under certain circumstances – an important issue given some buildings need to set up elsewhere due to redevelopment, damage or earthquake strengthening.

In the year to March 2017, the Grassroots Trust funded community organisations in the Waikato alone to the tune of $5.1 million, including $155,000 for Hospice; $150,000 to help the World Masters Games; $87,000 for Balloons over Waikato; and $50,000 for the True Colours Charitable Trust. It has previously helped fund major infrastructure projects such as upgrading Seddon Park, destination playgrounds, as well as paying $100,000 to buy new lights for the Christmas tree in Garden Place.

Mr Bradley says $1 million a month goes back into the Trust’s various communities, and for 15 years Grassroots Trust has been a very strong supporter of infrastructure in Hamilton city with millions of dollars spent helping the Council and city.

Grassroots Trust and other organisations will speak in opposition to Hamilton City Council’s proposed changes at public hearings in April.

29 March 2018

March 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,209,214.26 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

28 February 2018

February 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,253,233.40 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our February 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

20 February 2018

Hamilton City Funding At Risk

Grassroots Trust is an integral part of the Hamilton community, and annually we distribute $13 million in community grants to well deserving education, community and sporting groups. Of the $13 million distributed; $5 million is granted directly to Hamilton community groups.

Grassroots Trust is a Class 4 Gambling Trust that operates to distribute its profits to the Community. Grassroots Trust and its venues operate in a highly regulated environment with harm-minimisation a major focus. Without the continued support of our venues and the people playing our gaming machines we would not have any funds available in your community.

So what?

Hamilton City Council has released their proposed Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy for public consultation with feedback open until Monday 5 March 2018.

In short, the policy proposes that Council will not grant venue consent for any new venues nor will it allow any existing venues to relocate within Hamilton City.

So what does this mean for my organisation?

The proposed policy simply means that if a venue ceases to operate, wishes to relocate or is forced to relocate because their lease has come to an end, their Class 4 Gambling license will be revoked, and there will be no funding available for distribution in your community.

So what can we do to help?

Hamilton City Council has opened their public consultation process on their proposed policy and you can have your say by submitting your written feedback by Monday 5 March 2018.

For more information on their proposed policy and to have your say, please visit the Council’s webpage www.hamilton.govt.nz/haveyoursay. There will also be an opportunity to speak to your written feedback at a hearing if you wish to do so. This hearing will take place in April 2018.

The Grassroots Trust Board strongly encourages all Hamilton City based education, community and sporting groups to have their say. This policy will have a detrimental impact on the long term availability of funding within Hamilton City.

Should you wish to discuss this proposed policy change or you require assistance with your submission, please feel free to contact Aby Adams, Grants Manager on 0800 957 960, or email info@grassrootstrust.co.nz

24 January 2018

January 2018 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,095,643.77 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our February 2018 meeting. Click here to apply online.

19 December 2017

New Director for Grassroots Trust Limited

Grassroots Trust Limited is happy to announce the appointment of Gary Troup as a Director on the Grassroots Trust Limited Board.

Gary brings with him extraordinary experience gained through not only his sporting achievements as a NZ Cricket player (Black Cap from 1976 – 1986), his involvement in sports governance, but also as a result of his elected local government roles. Gary has experience in strategic direction and planning, business, commercial and fundraising. He is actively involved in various sporting and community groups within the Auckland Region with a particular focus on youth development. Gary also has a keen interest in Arts and Culture.

13 December 2017

December 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,601,867.04 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our January 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

01 December 2017

Changes to our Grants Policy

Great news! Grassroots Trust Limited has reviewed its Grants Policy and now requires LESS documentation than before. All changes will take effect on 1 December 2017.

So what has changed?

The updated policy now includes:

  • A clause around funding not being available for the purpose of stake money for any types of races.
  • A clear definition on what a Net Proceeds Committee is.
  • A clear definition on what non-compliant means and the process on how this is determined.
  • A clear definition on what retrospective funding is.
  • An updated list of information Applicants must provide when applying for funding.
  • Clarification on what records we keep now that we are online.
  • Clarification around accountability requirements.

To see the full policy, please click here.

So what does this mean for me and my organisation?

You no longer need to provide copies of your minutes, a full list of Committee/Board members, or your governing document i.e. constitution, deed or rules.

Grassroots Trust Limited does however require a little more information in your resolution; including a list of those that attended your meeting and those that were an apology. To see exactly what information is required, and for examples of what an acceptable resolution, affiliation letter or quote looks like,  please see Step 2 of the application process here.

 So what other changes have been made?

We have also updated our website to clearly show our eligibility criteria, the full application process and the most frequently asked questions (FAQ).

Still have questions?

Our Grants Team is available between 8.30am and 5.00pm weekdays to help you with any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact them on 0800 957 960.

22 November 2017

November 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,173,936.58 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our December 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

30 October 2017

Grassroots Trust venue awarded 'Excellence in Gaming'

Grassroots Trust is delighted to announce that one of our venues Square Leg, in Hamilton, was awarded with the 'Excellence in Gaming' award at the recent Hospitality of New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

The criteria for this award is based on the design and décor of the gaming room, the selection of the machines, compliance, operations, and commitment to harm minimisation.

We congratulate the team at Square Leg on this achievement and for their efforts in operating a safe, comfortable and compliant gaming operation.

Grassroots Trust venues Edinburgh St, Pukekohe and Yardhouse, Hamilton were also nominated as finalists in this category.

25 October 2017

October 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $925,371.55 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our November 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

27 September 2017

September 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $994,142.23 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our October 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

23 August 2017

August 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,004,514.16 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our September 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

26 July 2017

July 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,039,772.89 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our June 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

28 June 2017

June 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $957,422.89 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our June 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

24 May 2017

May 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $753,894.16  to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our June 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

26 April 2017

April 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,191,018.63 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our May 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

26 April 2017

Grant Recipients for year end 31 March 2017

Grassroots Trust are happy to announce that we contributed $12,683,365.62 to sport, education and community groups between 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our May 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

22 March 2017

March 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $2,173,891.56 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

15 March 2017

DIA Class 4 Gambling Report

A new report has been released by the Department of Internal Affairs providing key information on Class 4 gambling in an accessible format.

Included in this report is information on Grant Recipients and Beneficiaries, Grant Distribution Venues, Gaming Machines and Operators, Gaming Machine Proceeds and Class 4 Societies.

This is a significant step in establishing increased transparency in how grants are distributed.  It is intended the report will be produced annually.

Click here to view the Class 4 Gambling Report

The Class 4 Gambling Report was produced and released by the Department of Internal Affairs on the 10th March 2017.  

22 February 2017

February 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $776,375.87 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our March 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

25 January 2017

January 2017 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $948,292.20 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors. We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our February 2017 meeting. Click here to apply online.

16 December 2016

December 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,011,283.08 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our January 2016 meeting.  Click here to apply online.

06 December 2016

Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities

A huge number of community organisations benefit from gaming machine proceeds by way of grants.   In the 2015/2016 financial year alone good causes recieved about $260 million in grants, an amount many community groups would struggle to source elsewhere.

The Department of Internal Affairs have recently developed an e-booklet called "Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities."  It tells the stories of 10 organisations helped by gaming funding from Grassroots Trust and other Gaming Trusts in New Zealand - why they applied for a grant, challenges they faced, what the money was put to and tips to other applicants.

If you are a Community Organisation, we recommend reading the booklet to improve your knowledge and build your organisation's confidence in seeking funding.  The booklet also includes tips on how to best apply for gaming grants.

Click here to read the e-booklet Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities

The e-booklet Pokie Proceeds: Building Strong Communities was developed and written by the Department of Internal Affairs.

23 November 2016

November 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,011,211.48 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our December 2016 meeting.  Click here to apply online.

04 November 2016

Grassroots Trust venue awarded 'Excellence in Gaming'

Grassroots Trust is delighted to announce that one of our leading venues Edinburgh St, in Pukekohe, was awarded with the 'Excellence in Gaming' award at the recent Hospitality of New Zealand Awards for Excellence.

The criteria for this award is based on the design and décor of the gaming room, the selection of the machines, compliance, operations, commitment to harm minimization and the level of return to the local community.

We congratulate the team at Edinburgh St on this achievement and for their efforts in operating a safe, comfortable and compliant gaming operation.

Grassroots Trust venues Yardhouse and Five Stags Leamington were also nominated as finalists in this category.

13 October 2016

Grassroots Trust Grant Applications have gone online

Grassroots Trust Grant Applications can be completed online! Click here to Apply Online.

Please note we will only accept hard copy applications until midday 23rd of December 2016, if a grant application is received after this date, it will be returned to the Applicant and will need to be completed online.

28 September 2016

September 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $969,619.55 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

24 August 2016

August 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $919,899.36 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

27 July 2016

July 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,117,571.43 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

22 June 2016

June 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $797,936.60 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

25 May 2016

May 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $978,511.28 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

27 April 2016

April 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $727,992.66 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

31 March 2016

Bay of Plenty Grant Information Evening

Grassroots Trust operates several venues in the Bay of Plenty Region.  This means we have funding available to support sport, community and education organisations in this region.

We are holding a Grant Information Evening in the Bay of Plenty where your organisation can attend and learn more about Grassroots Trust and our funding process.

DATE: Tuesday, 12th April 2016
TIME: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
WHERE: Mako Room, Papamoa Community Centre - 15 Gravatt Road, Papamoa

All are welcome to attend - no RSVP required.  If you have any further enquiries, please contact Tiffany Wood on 0800 957 960 or info@grassrootstrust.co.nz

 

23 March 2016

March 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $1,248,121.94 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our April 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!

02 March 2016

February 2016 Grant Recipients

Grassroots Trust contributed $515,348.36 to sport, education and community groups this month.

Click here to view the Grant Recipients for this month.

Thank you to all groups who applied for funding this month - we received several applications from sport, community and education groups!

Each month, Grassroots Trust approves funding for many grant applications across sport, education and community sectors.  We are currently receiving grant applications for consideration at our March 2016 meeting.  Click here to download a grant application form and submit your funding application for your group today!