Support for your Organisation Hei tautoko i tō rōpū whakahaere


Along with providing opportunities for your organisation through our own funding programme, we are committed to supporting you by sharing information on other philanthropic groups and central and local government agencies which may be a good source of funding or advice for your project and assist you to achieve your goals.


The list we have provided below is not exhaustive but is a good starting point when looking for support for your organisation.

Government Agencies

DIA provide advice, information, support and resources to assist the development of resilient and prosperous communities, hapū and iwi. They have community advisors in 16 regional offices throughout New Zealand.

Community Net Aotearoa is a free DIA hosted source of information on everything to help community organisations achieve great things within their community.

Charities Services promote public trust and confidence in the charitable sector and encourage the effective use of charitable resources.

CERA Funding

Rotary has been asked by CERA to help strengthen communities and they have a web site at

They have been established to support locally initiated projects that contribute towards improving wellbeing and building resilient communities and neighbourhoods’. Applicants to the fund can apply for up to $500 for small neighbourhood events and up to $4,000 for larger community events.

Lottery Ministers Discretionary Fund

Includes provision for training for financial planning and/or good governance. Community organisations need to demonstrate the community benefit of the organisation or any members receiving training. To find out more and to apply:


Generosity, which operates the funding information service, is a search tool that lists other organisations that provide funding). You can usually access the tool for free at a public library.

Philanthropy New Zealand is the hub of philanthropy in New Zealand. They provide thought leadership and practical help for everyone with an interest in giving to make the world a better place.

The Ākina Foundation is growing social enterprise across New Zealand. Their mission is to grow the emerging New Zealand social enterprise sector by building capacity, supporting high potential social enterprises, and facilitating investment opportunities. The vision is for a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive world.

Community Mentors NZ is associated with Business Mentors NZ. The Community Mentors are experienced, successful New Zealand business people who know what it feels like to either govern, manage or operate a not for profit or social enterprise. They also have extensive commercial business experience which will also add value to any not for profit organisation.

Community Research New Zealand gather research about New Zealand’s tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector, share it with a broader audience, create a hub for researchers, iwi and community organisations to share their ideas, and advocate for good practice methods in community research.

The local Volunteering Chapters have a wealth of information, advice and training to help you achieve your objectives. for Volunteer Canterbury for Volunteer Nelson for Volunteer Marlborough

Local Bodies

The Christchurch City Council can help with funding through its Community Funding Programme. Their Community Development Advisors can help connect you too.

Nelson City Council has some funding options for community groups

Tasman District Council supports community groups through funding

Selwyn District Council provides options for funding support.

Marlborough District Council provides options for funding support.

Hurunui District Council provides options for funding support.


Crowdfunding is a great way to galvanise your community and show real support for your project. It is an increasingly popular way of raising money. By definition it is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. There are a few platform options:


Do you have an arts project on the go but need funding to bring it to life? Boosted provides the platform to bring artists together with potential donors. Boosted also provides learning opportunities for those in the arts community to help them be more effective around their fundraising efforts. It is backed by the Arts Foundation, New Zealand’s leading arts philanthropic organisation.


Givealittle has been around since 2008 and in 2012 was acquired by Spark Foundation. It is a zero fees online fundraising platform for all New Zealanders.


PledgeMe helps Kiwis fund projects, through crowdfunding campaigns. Project campaigns enable anyone to turn an idea into reality by posting a project campaign and asking their crowd for support. If the campaign meets its target, the project is funded and the pledges are rewarded. It’s that easy.

Other Funders and Philanthropic Organisations

Creative New Zealand is the national arts development agency. They aim to be a catalyst in the development of a flourishing arts environment in New Zealand by investing in artists and arts organisations through a number of programmes.

The Todd Foundation is a private family philanthropy based in Wellington New Zealand. They look to provide funding to New Zealand organisations which contribute towards a vision of ‘inclusive communities where all families, children and young people can thrive and contribute’.

They are a philanthropic family Foundation working throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand. They want to help build a stronger, sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand so families, communities and our natural environment thrive now and in the future.

The Vodafone NZ Foundation is one of 27 Vodafone Foundations worldwide. The mission of the fund is to improve the health and well being of young New Zealanders.

Te Putahitanga invests in whānau, entrepreneurs, non-profits and businesses which harness the spirit of Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga and dare to create change. Maui Tikitiki-a-Taranga caught the sun, fished up an island and reclaimed fire. He was the pōtiki who dared to live his dreams and change the world.

The CPIT Foundation has the aim of promoting and supporting the applied vocational, educational and research activities of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.

The Lion Foundation funding is shared between the areas of community, which includes arts, culture, heritage and environment (30%), health (15%), sport (40%) and education (15%).

New Zealand Community Trust primary focus is sport but they also provide funds for charitable purposes such as rescue and life-saving services, education, health, the arts, cultural and community groups.

Canterbury Based Capacity Building

Community Law Canterbury Voluntary Sector Service

Christchurch Community Accounting

Social Equity and Wellbeing Network in Christchurch

Christchurch Community House

Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre

Ministry of Awesome

Community Mentoring Service

Community Mentors recognises that many organisations lack commercial business acumen and are further challenged by the reduction of grants from traditional sources – such as government, trusts and foundations.They also understand that although there are incubation services, what has been lacking is an organised mentoring structure to support social enterprise and social investment. 

The Community Mentoring Programme is for not for profit organisations, social enterprise groups, charities (both registered and un-registered) and NGOs based in New Zealand.   We are grateful to Business Mentors for their support of Community Mentors.  

If you or your business could benefit from this mentoring service please visit for more information.

Canterbury Innovation Ecosystem Map

Canterbury Innovation Ecosystem Map - Use this map to find out which organisations can support your innovation project at all stages of development.


Leadership in the Community - LinC project

LinC is founded on the principle that people thrive in communities, which thrive with leaders, who thrive with support.  The LinC project is a strengths based leadership programme for individuals from communities across Greater Christchurch.   Check out their website

Workshop and Training

Webinar of new Charity Financial Reporting Standards NZ

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have released a webinar on the new Charity Financial Reporting standards, available here: which will be available online until 1 July 2017.

Volunteer Co-ordinators’ Network Meetings - Volunteer Canterbury

If you support volunteers at your organisation, Volunteering Canterbury has a programme throughout the year which will provide you with information and networking opportunities.  Events such as these can energise, inspire or just confirm you are on the right track!  Monthly Network meetings are held at Christchurch Community House (301 Tuam Street) and run from 1-2pm – bring your lunch, we will put the kettle on!  Here’s what’s coming up:

Thursday 20th April:  Project Management:  Getting it Right   presentations from organisations which organise regular ‘events’ in the community, including Yvonne Palmer, Age Concern, who co-ordinates the annual Positive Ageing Expo.


Better Boards: Get the Governance your Not-for-Profit Deserves - Volunteer Canterbury workshop

A Workshop with Garth Nowland-Foreman, who for 25 years has led a consulting business working with not-for-profits, especially on governance, strategy and evaluation.  Garth has taught in a graduate programme on not-for-profit management for the last 18 years and is currently a director of LEaD Centre for Not for Profit Leadership.  As not-for-profits we need our boards to be high performing and adding real value to the organisation.  Garth will share practical insider’s tips, and draw on his own considerable practical experience as a not-for-profit board member in this interactive workshop.

Wednesday 22 March 2017, 9am – 12 noon

Meeting Room Two, Christchurch Community House

Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi, 301 Tuam Street

(please note there is no on-site parking – nearest parking site corner Barbadoes/Tuam Streets)

Fee: $90 first attendee (Volunteering Canterbury member); $120 first attendee (non-Volunteering Canterbury member).  Additional attendees from same organisation SAVE at just $30 per person.

Registration forms available online soon ( or email

Toxic Environments and Difficult Conversations - Volunteer Canterbury Workshop

A Workshop with Chris Beardsley who has over 30 years’ experience working as a facilitator, coach, trainer, manager, and conflict resolver.  She aims to provide a safe yet stimulating learning environment and encourage participants to feel confident about using their new knowledge and skills back on the job.  Chris has worked with volunteer groups for over three decades and provided coaching to volunteers in a number of settings during that time.

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 9am – 12 noon

Meeting Room 2, Christchurch Community House

Te Whakaruruhau ki Otautahi, 301 Tuam Street

(please note there is no on-site parking – nearest parking site corner Barbadoes/Tuam Streets)

Fee: $55 first attendee (Volunteering Canterbury member); $85 first attendee (non-Volunteering Canterbury member).  Additional attendees from same organisation SAVE at just $25 per person.

Registration forms available online soon ( or email


Community Law - Privacy Workshop

The law requires that your group handles personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act and the Privacy Principles. This means that you have to take particular care when collecting, sharing, storing, using or disposing of the personal information you hold about your clients, volunteers, staff and members. It also requires that your group has a Privacy Officer – someone whose role it is to deal with any privacy-related requests. We'll also look at how the proposed new incorporated societies laws will affect your privacy obligations.

Please note: this workshop will not cover the Health Information Privacy Code (a specialist set of privacy principles which apply to those providing health services). However, it will apply to other groups.

This 90 minute workshop will cover

  • membership, client and HR records – privacy rules about collecting, storing, sharing and disposal of personal information
  • what to do if your group inadvertently breaches the privacy of a client or member

Recommended for:       managers and volunteer co-ordinators of Christchurch non-profits

Date:                           Tuesday 21 March

Time:                           10.00 - 11.30 am         

Location:                     Christchurch

Cost:                            $20

Some housekeeping:

Limited space:  These workshops usually fill quickly.  To help make the training available to as many groups as possible, attendance is limited to two people from each group, and space is made available only to volunteer Board members and managers.

How to register:  You can register for one or more of these workshops by emailing us at and letting us know your name and your group's name.  We'll then check available space before contacting you to confirm your registration.  We'll send through further details at that stage.

Time and venue details:  Yes, we do realise all the exact details aren't included here!  We've had past difficulties with people showing up without booking (which can be a bit of an administrative nightmare in terms of last minute photocopying and lolly counting).   For this reason, we no longer advertise the workshop venues - we just give you enough details to work out whether the timing might suit you. Rest assured, we'll let you know specific details once you've contacted us.

Other training:

Subject to resourcing and criteria, Community Law Canterbury can provide training for individual Boards/Committees. If your Board wants training on governance issues tailored specifically for your group, you're welcome to contact us to find out more.

Our general education service can also provide training on a wide range of legal topics. To find out more about the training we can offer for your staff and/or general service volunteers, please contact

We'll be partnering with Volunteering Canterbury in February 2016 to deliver a workshop on complaints and volunteers. If your volunteer co-ordinator/manager/interested Board member would like to keep up to speed with volunteer-related issues or if you're interested in attending that workshop, we’d recommend the great newsletter and training regularly on offer from Volunteering Canterbury.  You can find out more about their training by checking their website here:

If you’re interested in some guidance on financial issues relating to your non-profit, we’d highly recommended the training offered by the Christchurch Community Accounting.  You can find out more about their training by checking their website here:

As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback.  If there’s a legal issue that you think it would be useful to cover in a workshop, let us know and we’ll consider it for the future.

All the best to you and your group from the team here at Community Law Canterbury. If we can be of assistance, we look forward to hearing from you.

Christchurch Community Accounting

Christchurch Community Accounting provide a range of accounting workshops for treasurers, administrators, managers and board members. Here is there 2017 workshop schedule

Reporting Standards for Not for Profits

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Not-for-Profit Financial Reporting Requirements

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand have released two resources dedicated to help New Zealand Not-For-Profit entities comply with their financial requirements. One of these resources is a webinar on the new Charity Financial Reporting standards, available here: which will be available online until 1 July 2017.