Companion animals trust funding application discretionary award notes and conditions

CATNZ is not currently accepting applications for this award

Overview of award

Companion Animals Trust is dedicated to supporting projects beneficial to the community, those that provide care and protection to companion animals and projects focused on education within the field of companion animal welfare and urban animal management. The Discretionary Award has been developed to fund community projects that fall outside the scope of the other award categories. There is no limit set on the amount of money that can be applied for under the Discretionary Award.

If you are unsure which Companion Animals Trust Award is right for your project please email

There are two funding rounds per annum. Applications for Companion Animals Trust Discretionary Award must be received by the closing date advertised on the website.


Companion Animals Trust reserves the right not to distribute funds in a funding round where applications received are not sufficient in number or do not meet the requirements of the award or goals outlined in Trust Deed. Companion Animals Trust is a discretionary Trust and the decisions of the Trustees are final. Companion Animals Trust reserves the right to request additional information be provided to support or clarify an application.

Use of funds

  1. Projects funded by Companion Animals Trust awards may not be altered from those specified on the application form and in the award Terms and Conditions without prior written permission from Companion Animals Trust. No additional funds will be provided unless Companion Animals Trust decides so in its absolute discretion. 
  2. Microchips and free NZCAT registrations will not be awarded under the Discretionary Award.
  3. Where funds are granted to an institution for the employment of staff at that institution, or for work to be carried out by a private individual, Companion Animals Trust is not the employer. It is the responsibility of the host institution to ensure that individuals are employed in accordance with employment legislation.
  4. Unless otherwise specified, any equipment purchased from a Companion Animals Trust award will become the property of Companion Animals Trust and should be used only for the activities approved. At the end of the project the ownership and future use of the equipment will be reviewed by Companion Animals Trust. 
  5. Companion Animals Trust’s financial support must be acknowledged in all publications, presentations, press-releases and any other publicity surrounding the project. 
  6. Companion Animals Trust reserves the right to promote the project through press-releases and social media avenues.


At this time Companion Animals Trust will only fund projects conducted within New Zealand for the benefit of companion animals in New Zealand.

You may only submit one Discretionary Award application, per organisation, per funding round.

Your organisation must be a registered charity, incorporated society or both to apply for funding. 

You must supply a minimum of two quotes for each product or service you are requesting funding for.

Organisational set-up or infrastructure costs, or constitute capital expense items will not be funded.

Applicants (organisation or individual) currently being investigated by the SPCA are not eligible to apply.

Upon receipt of successful application, the receiving organisation, and any individual associated with it, will not speak negatively about Companion Animals Trust as an organisation or the work they carry out. Should and issue arise where a recipient has concerns, they agree to raise the issue directly with Companion Animals Trust.

Application Dates

There are two funding rounds per annum for the Discretionary Award. Closing dates are listed on the website.

The completed application from and supporting documents must be submitted via our website.

Payment of Award

Upon receipt of successful application, recipients will be asked to return a signed declaration agreeing to the conditions outlined in this document.

The payment of all awards will be made electronically. 

Prior to payment, successful recipients must provide an encoded bank account deposit slip.


Recipients may be requested to provide a brief (less than 500 words) account of their project written in an easily accessible style suitable for inclusion in newsletters, websites and on social media platforms. If requested, this should explain the background of the project, the outcomes and the benefit to companion animal welfare. Where possible recipients should provide photographs illustrating the project and the animals involved. 

If requested, the brief summary must be received by Companion Animals Trust within three months after the agreed completion date of the project unless otherwise agreed.

Additional Notes

Applications will not be considered if:

  • They relate to conservation.
  • They do not relate to companion animals in New Zealand.
  • They seek funding for organisational set-up or infrastructure costs, or constitute capital expense items.