FUNDING request

Find out about grants here.

How to apply for charitable assistance
After you have read through the guidelines below if you or your organisation would like to apply and make a formal application form please send your request to Offlimits. Please note that applications can only be considered if they are complete and on the official application form which we would provide to you when you make contact.

Guidelines for funding
The Offlimits Trust will consider applications for grants for a wide range of purposes including providing assistance in any manner which the Trustees determine (whether financially or otherwise) to support the welfare, education, health, wellbeing and/or general recreational needs of all or any member, family member or past member of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Who can apply for funds?
To be eligible for grants you need to be a non-profit organisation or individual that is a member, family member or past member of the NZDF involved in the areas of recreation, health, welfare, or amateur sport. The following are examples of purposes which are unlikely to be considered for funding:

  • Administration costs for sports groups
  • Costs associated with staging 'after-match' functions for sporting groups
  • Feasibility study or report writing
  • Servicing of existing debt
  • Grants to non-affiliated sports or social clubs
  • Grants to clubs that use a commercial gaming machine site (eg a pub) as a clubroom or sporting venue
  • Cash prizes or large non-cash prizes
  • Purchase or subsidy of alcohol, food, entertainment or refreshments – other than in special circumstances
  • 'Trade tournaments' or sporting events staged primarily for commercial publicity and/or the benefit of a selected industry group
  • Travel insurances and taxes
  • Vehicles for motorsport, private or commercial activities
  • Sporting trips for supporters
  • Commercial tourist promotions
  • A purpose that will result in a clear commercial gain or profit for an individual or organisation
  • Grants to further the activities of professional sports persons (except where such a donation is made for any coaching, training or development purpose for an amateur sport community organisation)
  • Family reunions or group reunions
  • Events or trips, which are predominantly social in nature
  • Purchase or subsidy of vehicles intended for purposes associated with social functions
  • Prizes for sporting events except for trophies or modest non-cash prizes for use in genuine community sporting events (the definition of 'modest' will in each case be determined by the size of the event concerned)
  • Dress uniforms and laundry
  • Grants for the benefit of lobby groups or political parties
  • Grant requests for fundraising for another organisation are not permissible. This includes third party requests
  • Projects that are considered to be the responsibility of existing NZDF budgets.

This is by no means a definitive list. The Trust will acknowledge receipt of and evaluate all applications and inform applicants if the criteria are not met.

Terms and conditions
The Offlimits Charitable Trust (hereinafter referred to as the 'Trust') is under no obligation to meet requests for grants. The funds belong to the Trust which has the sole right to determine whether a grant will be approved and no dialogue or correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions made on applications. All grant requests are considered at trustee meetings which are held quarterly, and are subject to the availability of funds. Applicant individuals or groups must be applying for funds for purposes as defined by the Offlimits trust deed. Applications must be future focused, ie, the application must be approved prior to the event/project/purchase taking place. Retrospective applications cannot be processed. The Trust requires reports advising how the Trust grant was spent and a report on any event and the  applicant's participation in that event. The applicant may be asked to attend an Offlimits' event. The Trust expects an acknowledgement in any publicity connected with the project.