Community Grants

Our community grants support local community organisations that provide vital services, programmes, and activities to benefit the Masterton community.

Applications are accepted from Masterton-based non-profit organisations (including local branches of national organisations).

We offer two types of community grants – grassroots for smaller projects and impact for larger initiatives.

All community grant applications are assessed with criteria that align with the Masterton Trust Lands Act 2003. During the process of assessing applications, Trustees examine how funding can contribute to community good for:

  • Art and culture
  • Community services
  • Environmental and conservation projects
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Physical welfare

Community grants can fund:

  • 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 – if the application is submitted and fully endorsed by their local club/organisation.

The Trust does not fund:

  • Affiliation or membership fees
  • Expenditure that has already occurred
  • Non-specific projects
  • Prizes
  • Projects that benefit communities outside the Trust district
  • Purchase of vehicles.
Community Grassroots
up to $5,000, apply mid-May - 30 June

Successful applicants will need to complete a simple accountability report to show how the project made a difference to the people of Masterton.

Our FAQs can guide you.

Community Impact
up to $20,000, apply mid-May - 30 June

Applications need to include a robust explanation of why the funding is required and what outcomes the funding will contribute to. Successful applicants will need to complete a thorough accountability report that measures expenditure and demonstrates benefits to the community.

Our FAQs can guide you.

Grant Stories

Summer Hummer

Summer Hummer

The Trust contributed $5,000 to support the revival of Summer Hummer – a Masterton music tradition initiated 25 years ago. The family friendly music event at Queen Elizabeth II Park featured well known Kiwi bands and the chance to hear local college bands. The Trust’s grant helped keep entry costs affordable for locals.

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Community Christmas Tree spreads joy

Community Christmas Tree spreads joy

In the spirit of giving, Masterton Trust Lands Trust (MTLT) has joined with Eastwood Motor Group to spread a little joy this festive season. Trust Chair Christine Brewster launched the Community Christmas Tree initiative last year. “The Trust is...

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