Lion Foundation Grants

lion logoThe 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.


Closing Date for grants is February 26th, 2021


Lion Foundation Grants from our July 2019 meeting

The Ashburton Trust is pleased to announce jointly with the Lion Foundation, that it has again provided substantial support to local groups within the community with its July round of grants. $229,213 was distributed to 14 organisations with this round of applications.

Funds distributed from this meeting are as follows:

  • Altrusa Club of Ashburton   750   Foot Clinic venue rent
  • Ashburton Community Alcohol & Drug Service   20,000   Office rent and salary
  • Ashburton District Neighbourhood Support Inc   15,000   Coordinator salary
  • Ashburton Indian Multicultural Charitable Trust   6,700   Running costs
  • Ashburton Learning Centre Inc   35,037   Rent and administration costs
  • Big Little Theatre Company   12,000   ‘Twelfth Night’ venue and equipment hire
  • Chris Ruth Centre Trust   10,000   Ashburton centre lease
  • Connecting Mid Canterbury Charitable Trust   4,346   Insurance, rent and training
  • Dorie School   4,500   Twelve iPads and protective cases
  • Hospice Mid-Canterbury Trust   30,000   Therapy and counselling
  • Mid Canterbury Hockey Inc   40,000   Salary, travel, rent, uniforms
  • RNZSPCA – Ashburton Centre 20,880 Four Cat Cage Units
  • Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains Inc 17,500 Spirit of Adventure Berths
  • Young Mens Christian Assn of Sth/MC Inc 12,500 Youth Development Officer salary

Grants for the period from 1st April 2019 now total in excess of $275,000, spread across a wide range of organisations supporting the community, sports, and education and health initiatives.

Ashburton Trust Lion Foundation Regional Grants Committee

Lion Foundation Net Proceeds Committee

  • All members of the ALT Board
  • Fleur Mulligan
  • Alister Lilley
  • Neil Brown (Mayor)

Next meeting is March 16th , 2021

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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