Central Lakes Trust
A helping hand...

Central Lakes Trust was established to grant funds for community charitable purposes. 

The Trust fund was created when the Otago Central Electric Power Board bestowed Central Lakes Trust with assets valued at $155 million in November 2000. The Trust has had a significant impact on many community groups since its inception, having approved grants totalling over $75M to 31 October 2015. 

The Trust assists many community projects and services, but all must meet charitable criteria. For a purpose to be charitable, it must relate to one of the following four Heads of Charity:

  • the relief of poverty, 
  • advancement of education, 
  • advancement of religion, or
  • any other matter beneficial to the community. 

Also, all projects or services MUST provide a public benefit, and MUST NOT result in private financial gain.

Central Lakes Trust Region   Grant Eligibility   Quick Links

The Trust's region is the same geographical area as Central Electric Limited's former Network Supply area. Organisations are only eligible for a grant if the project or services directly benefit the community within this region.


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Pioneer Energy

Central Lakes Trust is the 100% shareholder of Pioneer Energy which pays an annual dividend to the Trust.  These funds help enable the Trust to provide grants for charitable projects and services.  






Photos Above: Dr Rob Visser, Clinical Director, CO Health Services Ltd with Dunstan Hospital's new Patient Tansport Ambulance and members of Te Kakano Aotearoa Trust which supports native habitat restoration projects in the Upper Clutha basin.


CLT Tertiary Scholarships
Applications are now CLOSED for the 2016 academic year.

Media Release - Grants Approved March 2016

Media Release - Papers Past January 2016

Grants Approved February 2016

CLT Annual Report 2014-2015

2014-2015 Group Financial Statements 

World War 1 Commemorations 2014-2018 -Application Criteria

Application Form & Guidelines