FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I get a grant application form from?
Who can apply for a grant?
Applications can only be made by a club or non-profit body which is an incorporated society and/or registered charity. Individuals cannot apply for grants. An application may be made by an organisation for an individual to compete or participate in an event. In such cases you will need to demonstrate that the grant to enable the individual to compete or participate has a wider benefit to the community or a section of the community.
What can an application be made for?
An application can only be made for an authorised purpose. An authorised purpose is an event, project, activity or item that qualifies for funding. Our authorised purpose is as follows:
Dragon Community Trust may make grants for authorised purposes as follows:
- any charitable purpose;
- any non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community; and
- promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes.
The above authorised purpose includes:
- providing public amenities and recreational facilities, e.g. rugby grandstands, sports centres, national parks, public halls, libraries, museums, statues, fountains, playing fields, gymnasiums, swimming pools, parks, churches, and botanical gardens;
- sport in connection with particular schools, technical colleges, or universities;
- amateur sport which involves the pursuit of physical fitness;
- providing education through early childhood centres, schools and universities;
- providing scholarships and prizes for academic achievement;
- developing the character of young people, e.g. youth groups;
- vocational training;
- public health services including education, counselling and rehabilitation services;
- providing public works and services, e.g. building roads and bridges;
- protecting the environment, e.g. re-vegetation, afforestation, and conservation;
- supporting emergency rescue services; and
- supporting animal shelters or sanctuaries.
Grants will not be made for:
- personal or commercial gain;
- professional sport;
- "social" sports clubs (such as corporate leagues);
- groups or individuals standing for an election to public office;
- lobby groups or action/pressure groups (e.g. Greenpeace, or Sensible Sentencing Trust); or
- Social events, e.g. school balls, family reunions, entertainment in pubs or clubs, sporting trips for supporters or spectators, or after match functions for sporting groups.
The Dragon Community Trust shall give priority to funding applications which support the local Asian Community.
How much can we apply for?
You can make an application for any amount up to the maximum of the quotes that you have received. However, given the size of the Trust, grant applications for amounts of between $3,000 and $15,000 are most appropriate.
Can GST be claimed?
If you are GST registered, only the GST exclusive amount can be applied for.
Can a grant application be made after purchase?
No. Grants must be approved prior to money being spent on the item detailed in the grant application.
When can applications be made?
Applications can be made at any time but will only be considered at meetings of the Net Proceeds Committee Meeting.
What information should be included with the application?
You will need to send all of the required information that is set out on the grant application form. If this information is not included then your application cannot be processed. You should also include any additional information about your organisation so that we can see what your organisation does and why it needs the funds.
Can we make more than one application?
Can we apply to other trusts for the same thing at the same time?
If you are applying for funds you should only apply for the full amount from one gaming trust at a time. You can however split the amount applied for amongst several trusts if you wish.
Who do we send it to?
Completed applications should be sent to Dragon Community Trust Limited, PO Box 41445, St Lukes, Auckland.
What is the process for determining the applications?
The Net Proceeds Committee meets monthly to review grant applications, normally on the last week of each month. You will be notified via email the outcome of your application once the decision has been made. The results will also be published on the website on a six monthly basis.
When will we receive the funds?
Grants will be direct credited to your bank account once the application is approved. You will need to supply your organisation's bank deposit slip with your application.
When do the funds need to be spent by?
The funds must be spent within 3 months of the grant being made.
What do we need to do once we receive the funds?
You must send us copies of invoices, receipts and bank statements within 3 months of the grant being made to verify that the grant has been used in accordance with the purpose approved. If you are not able to supply the audit information within three months you may request an extension to the audit deadline. All such requested must be made in writing.
What happens if we do not use the funds for the purchase or the event costs less?
Any grant money not spent on the purpose approved must be returned to us within 3 months of the grant being made.
Where does the money come from?
We are licensed to operate gaming machines, solely for the purpose of raising money for distribution to the community for authorised purposes. The funds come from the gaming machine proceeds generated at our venues.
What do we do if we have a complaint?
Complaints can be made to our chairperson by writing to the Trust. The Trust will aim to respond to all complaints within 20 working days.
What if we have further questions?
Please contact us on one of the following:
Postal Address: PO Box 41445, St Lukes, Auckland 1346
Phone: (09) 522 9585
Email communication is our preferred method of contact.