Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust

The Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust offers funding to people and organisations to help them achieve their goals.

What is the Foodstuffs (South Island) Community Trust?

The Trust was established in 2007 to help communities and people thrive. From schools and sports clubs to community organisations and individuals, they're here to help make life better for South Islanders through funding grants.

How does the Trust work?

The Trust offers financial support for community groups.

Community Grants

The Trust supports organisations and community groups with various requests.


In 2021, significant donations were made to:

  • the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust to purchase two immersion suits for air rescues
  • a cough assist machine for Dunstan Hospital in Cromwell
  • a commercial blast chiller for Koha Kai Invercargill
  • digital talking books for Blind Low Vision.


In addition to the many smaller grants on offer, The Trust also engages in one major funding partnership. Right now, this is the Gut Foundation.

The Trust's three-year sponsorship partnership with The Gut Foundation aims to provide South Island communities with the knowledge and tools they need to take greater responsibility for their families’ gut health.

Together, The Trust and The Gut Foundation are actively working on a number of educational campaigns, health hubs, and research projects throughout the South Island.

Ongoing support

The Trust is also a Foundation Donor of the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust. These funds will be used for the reinstatement of the visitors centre completed in 2026-2028.

Additionally, The Trust continues to support the First Foundation, an organisation that helps young people achieve their dreams regardless of socio-economic status.

Over the past year, the South Island has faced significant challenges due to COVID-19. The Trust has provided emergency support and on-going assistance to South Island foodbanks and community groups.

Who can apply?

The Trust considers a variety of applications from schools, clubs, groups, and individuals.

Over the course of 2021, The Trust supported conservation projects on Stewart Island and funded resuscitation dolls, surf lifesaving equipment, camping equipment, sports equipment, and musical instruments for clubs and schools.

The Trust has also helped many students go to University and encouraged others to go on exciting education pathways.

How can I apply?

All applications need to be supported by a sponsor – this is often the owner of your local Foodstuffs supermarket.

Donations are typically granted in three key areas:

  • Community welfare
  • Education
  • Cultural and recreational

Four times a year, The Board comes together and reviews applications. The next meetings are:

  • Tuesday 15 February 2022
  • Tuesday 17 May 2022
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022

To apply, complete an application form (182 KB) and attach quotes.

Check the information for applicant sheet (15 KB) to make sure you meet the criteria.

Present the application to a Sponsor or Supporter. (136 KB)

Please do not leave the application form at the service desk of a store. Applications close two weeks before the meeting.

We can't wait to receive your applications, as we love finding new ways to support the local communities we serve.

More information 

For all queries or other information, please contact Christine Renwick or get in touch via our Contact Us form