CERT may make grants for authorised purposes as follows:

 a.   any charitable purpose; 
 b.   any non-commercial purpose that is beneficial to the whole or a section of the community; and
 c.   promoting, controlling, and conducting race meetings under the Racing Act 2003, including the payment of stakes.

The above authorised purpose includes, but is not limited to grants for:

  • recognised appeal funds for the purpose of assisting with the recovery from the Christchurch earthquakes;
  • general public education;  
  • education scholarships (provided the students are selected in a fair and open manner after public advertising, and are overseen by a recognised educational authority or school board, and provided that they are limited to primary and secondary level);
  • the promotion of public amenities such as parks or museums;
  • supporting non-commercial emergency rescue services;
  • public sports facilities (e.g. a stadium) provided that the facilities are not used primarily for professional sport;
  • amateur sport; and
  • ground maintenance for amateur sporting facilities.


Grants will not be made for:

  • groups or individuals standing for an election to public office;
  • lobby groups or action/pressure groups (e.g. Greenpeace, or Sensible Sentencing Trust); 
  • 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.
  • personal or commercial gain;  
  • professional sport; or
  • non-affiliated "social" sports clubs (such as corporate leagues).