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 January 11th, 2019


Lion Foundation Grants from our December 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 $347,371 was distributed to 16 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, events and long-term infrastructure. 

Through support to the Multi Cultural Trust, the committee was able to help bring together a community of different nationalities and support migrants to feel welcome and the Parents Centre is now better able to provide pre and post-natal parent education programmes, support and social opportunities for family with children aged from birth to five years. 

For other applicants, support will help enable community sports facilities to be maintained or upgraded and assistance was given to operating expenses and equipment for a number of different organisations. 

Funds distributed with this round of applications are as follows:
  • Ashburton Golf Club Inc    $30,000    Club house upgrade

  • Ashburton Multi Cultural Trust    $13,600    Event Coordinator salary 

  • Ashburton Netherby School    $16,000    Class room furniture 

  • Ashburton Parents Centre Inc    $14,529    Wages and property expenses 

  • Ashburton Performing Arts Theatre Trust    $20,000    Sound equipment 

  • Ashburton Senior Citizens Inc   $30,000    Rent and salary 

  • Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade    $6,000    Stage decks, lighting and sound equipment 

  • Birthright Canterbury Trust    $23,000    Rent, parking, salary 

  • Caninspire Charitable Trust    $7,000    National Coordinator salary 

  • Hampstead Rugby & Allsports Club Inc    $8,980    Seating, equipment, entry fees 

  • Mid Canterbury Netball Inc    $55,000    Insurance, stadium hire, fees, wages 

  • Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network Inc    $8,000    Newcomers Network Coordinator 

  • Mid Sth Island Womens Refuge & Family Safety Svcs    $26,000    Case worker salary 

  • Mt Somers Community Pool     $42,000    Pool cover, concrete repairs 

  • Tinwald Golf Club    $45,000    Course Superintendent Salary 

  • Zonta Club of Ashburton    $2,262    International Women’s Day Breakfast costs 


Grants for the period from 1st April 2018 now total in excess of $1m, spread across a wide range of organisations supporting the community, sports, and education and health initiatives. 

Fay Watson 

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 February 12th, 2019

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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