Clubs and Societies

OUSA Grants

OUSA Grants

Every year, OUSA allocates funding for designated projects, expenses, and events. While there are some guidelines to follow, consider these funds a friendly boost to help our affiliated clubs and societies thrive and pursue their passions.


Application Steps:
Timeframes (Grants are a Slow Burner!)
  • There are a garunteed 6 grant rounds over the course of the year.
  • As per policy, you need to submit your application no later than 14 days prior to your project/event taking place.
  • 1 - 2 weeks post a grant round closing date, the panel will meet to discuss your application.
  • Recommendations are then made to the OUSA Executive for ratification.
  • Once approved, the CDO will update with the outcome, formalise the approved grant via a contract, and request you to agree and sign the document. 
  • Pending all supporting information has been received, your grant will go to our accounts team for processing.
  • As such, you should expect payment 1 - 2 months from the grant round application closing date.
Grant Closure Dates (all 5 pm)
  • Round 1, February 29th
  • Round 2, March 31st
  • Round 3, April 30th 
  • Round 4, June 30th
  • Round 5, July 31st
  • Round 6, August 31st 
  • Wild Card Round, September 30th (if there are any remaining funds after Round 6)
For clubs you must provide:
  • Application submitted via the Clubs Portal 
  • Information about the event/project - tell the panel your story!
  • Letter of support - this could be from a member of the community or your club president showing their support.
  • Quotes - a minimum of 2 quotes for your event/project/equipment to show the panel you are getting the best deal.
  • Budget - an accurate budget that showcases all incoming and outgoing costs, not including potential grant amount.
  • Bank account name and number -  in the form of either a deposit slip, screenshot of a statement or of account. Club name and account number must be visible and cannot be typed into a document. The account name needs to match the quotes provided.

Apply for a Club Grant now >

Contextual Information

When looking to fund an application the panel look and considers the following:

  • Alignment with the grants policy
  • Purpose and intent
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Must-haves verse wants
  • Community impact and applicant investment
  • Vision and mission alignment
  • Fair quotations and credibility
  • Accuracy and membership base
External Funding

You may also be eligible for funding outside of OUSA. Here's some ideas to look into!

For more suggestions head to Sport NZ Funding or the Dunedin Public Library for free access to GIVEUS.