There are two funding avenues available:

  • Lion Foundation - applications for significant levels of support, this is funded and administered through gaming machines and the Lion foundation
  • Ashburton Trust Grants - for requests for grants that meet the criteria set out in the Ashburton Trust's Statement of Granting Policies and Objectives.

Lion Foundation Grants

The Lion Foundation have ownership of all gaming machines operated in Ashburton Trust owned premises which are;

  • Tinwald Tavern, 103-107 Archibald Street, Ashburton
  • Hotel Ashburton, 11-35 Racecourse Road, Ashburton 
  • Devon Tavern, 116-118 Victoria Street, Ashburton

The decision on which organisations are successful is still made by LOCAL people.  The Grants Distribution committee consists of the six elected Ashburton Trust Board members, the Mayor and two independently appointed Ashburton residents.  All monies generated through the gaming machines in the Ashburton Trust establishments are returned to Mid Canterbury based organisations.  Mid Canterbury is defined geographically (as opposed to Electoral boundaries) as Mountains to Sea and River (Hakatere) to River (Rangitata).  Download map HERE.



The Ashburton Licensing Trust is proud and pleased to be able to support our local community in the form of grants to sports clubs & teams, arts & cultural societies, special interest and education organisations.   These grants are distributed profits from the trading arm of Ashburton Licensing Trust. To apply for a grant please use the application form in the link below or contact us directly.


Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 9am to 3pm

Physical Address: 

Level 2, Somerset House, Cnr East & Burnett Streets, Ashburton 7700

Postal Address:   PO Box 217, Ashburton 7740

Phone:   +64 3 307 5911

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