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 November 9th, 2018


Lion Foundation Grants from our September 2018 meeting

Grants made by the Ashburton Trust Lion Foundation Regional Grants Committee this month have again provided substantial support to many local groups within the community. Funding for the grants comes from gaming machines operating in Ashburton Trust premises and $224,083 was distributed to 17 organisations with this round of applications.

Support from this round went to a wide range of organisations with funds going to a mix of operational costs and long-term infrastructure.

Funding comes under particular pressure when the main sports codes applications are processed each year and recent meetings were no exception. The total of applications received this month came in $213,000 higher than the funds Trustee’s had available and so many organisations received less than the Grants Committee would have preferred. The same position occurred for the July meeting when applications totalled $264,000 more than the funds available at that time.

Substantial grants were made to the swimming, tennis and football sporting codes and the grant to the Aviation Museum will assist the museum to purchase an historic Simmonds Spartan bi-plane from around 1929. There is a project on at the Menz Shed to repair and extend the garage roof, allowing members to construct a timber rack store and provide a clean dry location for work to cure overnight and weekends. The grant made towards this project will assist volunteer labour who will have their tool belts on for the job.

The grant made to the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust will help fund the newcomer rural driver licensing scheme aimed at reducing isolation and improving community integration for newcomers and migrant rural women.
Funds distributed with this round of applications are as follows:
  • Ashburton Aquatic Park Charitable Trust    $12,500    Lake Hood walking/bike track
  • Ashburton Aviation Museum Society Trust    $10,000    Aircraft purchase
  • Ashburton Menz Shed Inc    $15,000    Garage reroofing project
  • Ashburton Swim Team Inc   $25,000    Regional national meet costs
  • C C S Disability Action Canterbury West Coast Inc    $15,000    Service co-ordinator salaries
  • Community House Mid Canterbury Trust    $12,000    Operating costs
  • Equestrian Sport NZ – Ashburton Area Show Jumping    $7,000    Event costs
  • Lions Club of Ashburton County Charitable Trust    $3,484    “Stars in your Eyes” venue hire
  • Mid Canterbury Emergency Relief Charitable Trust    $5,000    Newcomer driver tutoring costs
  • Mid Canterbury Football Assn Inc    $30,000    Football development officer salary
  • Mount Hutt College    $2,000    Electronic drum kit
  • Phoenix Preschool Inc    $11,000    Sleep room construction
  • Rakaia Bowling Club Inc    $3,073    Re-upholster club house chairs
  • Rakaia Lions Charitable Trust    $2,026    Rakaia Salmon Run St John Ambulance and traffic management costs
  • Royal NZ Plunket Trust Mid Canterbury    $25,000    Operational costs and salaries
  • Tennis Mid Canterbury Sub Assn Inc    $35,000    Operational costs and salaries
  • Winchmore Community Hall Society Inc    $11,000    Kitchen upgrade

Grants for the period from 1st April 2018 now total in excess of $730,000, 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
  • Donna Favel (Mayor)

Next meeting is December 4th, 2018

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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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