Community Grassroots

Applications close: 30 June 2023
Decision notified: Approximately one month after application close-off date
Funding period: Grant funds must be spent by 31 March 2024
Funding released: Upon approval
Accountability report due: 31 March 2024
Fund available: Applications will be considered for grant amounts up to $2,000


Who Can Apply

Community grants are available to support local community organisations that provide services, programmes and activities to benefit the Masterton community.

In assessing applications, the Trust will be guided by Section 7 of the Masterton Trust Lands Act 20031. Generally, this may include projects that fall under the following categories:
a) Health and wellbeing for all ages, including mental health and disability.
b) Physical welfare, including recreational and sporting activities and coach development.
c) Art and culture.
d) Community services.
e) Environmental and conservation projects.
Note: Support for educational establishments/activities is provided separately.

Not-for-profit organisations or local branches of national organisations that provide services, programmes and activities that directly benefit people living within the Trust’s defined geographical boundaries:


What can be funded

  • Operating expenses and core service costs (including salaries and wages).
  • Programme and activity costs.
  • Workshops and events.
  • Equipment and resources
  • Training and development.
  • Repairs and maintenance.
  • Support for individuals – only if the application is submitted and fully endorsed by their local club/organisation.

What will NOT be funded

  • Prizes.
  • Projects of a non-specific nature.
  • Expenditure that has already occurred.
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Projects that benefit communities outside the Trust’s defined geographical boundaries.
  • Affiliation or membership fees.
Application Process

Applicants must complete the Community Grant application form (available on our website and submit via the contact details below. A hard copy of the application form is available at the MTLT office located at 189 Queen Street, Masterton.

The application form must be fully completed and include an explanation of why the funding is required, together with the benefits and outcomes that the applicant is aiming to achieve for the community.

If the project is expected to cost more than $2,000, the applicant must demonstrate confirmed funding for the balance. A comprehensive budget must accompany the application.

Decisions on grant applications are made by the board of the Masterton Trust Lands Trust. The decision-making process may take up to a month after the application close-off date.

Grant funds will be paid on approval. Successful applicants will be required to provide a grant invoice to the Trust to initiate payment of the grant funds.

Monitoring & Reporting

Organisations receiving funding will be asked to report on the outcomes of the project and must account for the expenditure of funds, i.e. provide a summary of how the funding was utilised as per the original application and proof of expenditure by 31 March 2024.

The Trust is keen to find out if our funding has made a difference, but we don’t want to make this too difficult. Our accountability report will contain some simple questions and will be available to download from the MTLT website.

Your responsibilities:

  • You must use the grant funds for the purpose that was approved.
  • If you wish to use the funds for any other purpose, you must first seek approval from the Trust.
  • Any funds found not allocated towards the approved purpose will be required to be reimbursed.


To submit a completed application and for questions about eligibility or the purpose and general criteria of the grant fund: Masterton Trust Lands Trust
189 Queen Street, PO Box 90, Masterton 5840
Ph. 06 370 0155
The Masterton District Council Community Development Team are available to assist with completing grant applications: Masterton District Council
Community Development Team Leader
Kelsi Rutene
P. 06 370 6300 | M. 021 541 7842
Professional grantseeker assistance:

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