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: Top-CLT Trustees and staff, Rt Hon John Key, Sir Eion Edgar and Jaccqui Dean MP. Bottom- Paul Allison (Chief Executive) and Rt Hon John key

Credit: Central Lakes Photography


Cycle Trail Grant of 11.15m

Grants Approved April 2016

Grants Approved March 2016

2016 Central Lakes Trust Tertiary ScholarshipsApplications now open

2016 Meyer Engineering Scholarship - click for link to their web page