The Ballantynes Future Canterbury Grant


The Ballantynes Future Canterbury Grant



With a history that spans 164 years, Ballantynes is proud to be central to the regeneration of Christchurch CBD.  This Spring will see our much anticipated rebuild launched and we are excited about our future and the future Canterbury that is being created.  

We know that there are lots of amazing Cantabrians who are, in so many ways, also investing in our city and region. Your innovative ideas will enhance and shape our futures and we want to help you. It’s our way of showing our commitment to the people and organisations who like us, believe in the brightest of futures for Christchurch and Canterbury.

To do this, we’re offering three $5,000 (NZD) Ballantynes Future Canterbury Grants with mentorship support as required. We’re looking for organisations and individuals who bring fresh ideas and brave thinking when creating the Christchurch and Canterbury of the future.  

Read on to find out more…



Who are we looking for?

We’re on the lookout for individuals and organisations that have new, bold, innovative ideas to create the Christchurch and Canterbury of the future, specifically in the areas of: sustainability, innovation, arts, and community-based work. In a nutshell, we want organisations or individuals working with organisations who seek to make a positive impact on the future of Canterbury.

If you’re thinking of applying, here’s what you need to know…

The Ballantynes Future Canterbury Grants are open to community organisations, social enterprises, and businesses.

To apply you’ll need to be a legal entity registered in New Zealand, such as an incorporated society, charitable trust or limited liability company. Individuals seeking funding will need to partner with a legal entity and include an endorsement letter from that legal entity in the application.

Our preference is for Canterbury-based organisations or individuals



What are the types of projects we want to fund?

This is a future focused fund so our minds are completely open to the type of projects we will fund. We know Cantabrians are innovators so we’re waiting to be wowed by your ideas!

The categories we would be keen to support include:

Sustainability:  where the project addresses a sustainability issue or opportunity of particular importance to Canterbury.

Innovation:  where the project is a new idea or locally applies good ideas and approaches from elsewhere that support innovation in Canterbury.

The Arts:  where the initiative enhances the community or environment of Canterbury.

Community Work:  where the initiative betters the lives of those in need within the Canterbury community.



What is the prize?

We’re offering three $5,000 cash grants with mentoring as required.

That means, as a recipient, we want to work with you for a year to truly understand your needs and offer any support we can along the way. It’s a win-win relationship that we believe will enhance both our organisations. We want your project to fly and have an impact on the future of Christchurch and Canterbury, which is why we’d be happy to pull together a bespoke team of Ballantynes super heroes to help be your support team, your sounding board and maybe even your strategists!

You’ll also receive promotion of your project in a Ballantynes publication and on our website, social media channels and any other promotional opportunities that arise.



What is the application process?

We have tried to make this as streamline as possible while at the same time making sure we get a good feel for your project.



To begin with, you’ll need to fill out the Application Form online. Part of the application process is about explaining what you would do with this money in the next 12 months and how you plan to achieve your milestones. Applications close 5pm Sunday 28th April 2019.


Our Ballantynes panel will assess all applications and make a shortlist of finalists. You’ll be notified by 3rd May 2019 if you’ve made that list or not.


The finalist will be asked to meet with our panel and present in more depth their project/idea. You’ll have 10 minutes to sell it to the panel. It’s totally up to you how you present it to us, so long as you stick to the time limit. After your presentation we’ll have some questions for you. All up, this meeting will take about 30 minutes. We’re a friendly bunch of people so don’t be shy! Panel meetings will take place during the weeks of 6th and 16th May 2019.


We’ll announce the lucky recipients on Friday 31st May 2019