Apply for Funding

Applications will open every year in August. Grant will be awarded in November. Each year Speight's contribute $25,000. But the total pool of available funds is more than this as it is supplemented by the generous donations of people taking water from the Rattray St tap and fundraising initiatives created by ourselves.


Applications will open on 29 August 2016 and will close at 5pm 30th October 2016. The successful applicants will be announced in November 2015.

Apply for Funding


The total pool of funds available will be allocated to one project or divided among multiple projects at the discretion of the judging panel. Payment of funding will also be at the discretion of the panel taking into account the needs of the applicant project and project timelines. The money has to be paid to the organisation receiving the funding directly. Timing of this payment can be discussed but should it be before the project commences then the group will need to provide evidence of how the money is spent throughout the project.



To be eligible for a grant from The Fund, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects must focus on the improvement, maintenance or protection of the natural environment or wildlife within the boundaries of Otago.
    -  Preference will be given to projects that focus on preservation and protection of local water resources and environments.
  • Applications will also be considered for research or educational projects that relate to the protection of the natural environment or wildlife
  • The applicant group must be demonstrably not-for-profit, or in the case of an individual, undertaking the project on a not-for-profit basis (ie not for commercial purposes).
  • Any funds awarded must be allocated to a specific aspect of the project that is distinctly identifiable and can be reported on.
  • The benefits of any funding received should be realised within 12-months.
  • All allocated funds will be paid in a single lump sum to the applicant at the conclusion of the project.
  • All allocated funds must be used/claimed within 12months of the awarding date unless agreed prior.
  • The project shouldn't require ongoing contributions from the Fund for it to continue long-term.
    - This does not prevent that project from successfully applying again but the project should not be dependent on the Fund.
  • Preference will be given to projects with limited access to funding from other sources.
  • Applicant must be able to provide six-monthly written updates on the project's progress.
  • Employees of, or projects/organisations that already receive funding from Lion, are not eligible to apply.
  • Funding decisions will be made by a set of independent judges based on the above criteria and their decisions will be final.