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John David Stout Charitable Estate (The Stout Trust)


John David Stout (1925-1982) was a scientist with broad interests in science, history and culture.

Born in Wellington he studied medicine at Otago University but was forced to relinquish his medical studies and returned to Wellington and studied Zoology at Victoria University College, eventually gaining his PhD in 1953.

John Stout's work and publications led him to the forefront of biological soil science.  Some of his almost 100 publications represent significant advances or turning points in soil zoology which will be referred to for many years.  He was the editor of New Zealand Soil News for 15 years, on the editorial board of Pedobiologia for 14 years and made valuable contributions to the running of the scientific programme of the Soil Bureau.

Apart from his scientific work, John Stout had wide cultural interests and contributed to many societies and meetings.

On his death in 1982, Dr John Stout set up a trust under his will in memory of the Stout family and its wide interests in New Zealand, that would promote and preserve this country's environmental and cultural heritage in a variety of ways. 

Dr Vida Stout, John's sister, was closely involved with the Trust following its inception.  As Advisory Trustee she took an active part in all Advisory Board discussions and then advised the Trustee on the final decisions.

Vida's final and lasting legacy was to leave a significant contribution to the Stout Trust which, alongside that of her brother John, now continues their contributions to New Zealand's scientific, cultural and environmental heritage.


Funding Objectives

The purpose of the trust is to promote:

  1. The preservation of natural or historic sites or amenities for public enjoyment and
  2. The promotion or creation or preservation of works of art including visual audio or literary arts

Applications for funding will be considered at the annual meeting of the Stout Trust Advisory Board.  

Only applications from charitable organisations will be accepted.  Applications from other groups or organisations will be considered if applied for through the auspices of a charitable organisation.


Aspects of applications which are given weight are:

  • whether the likely results of the programme are in accord with the Stout Trust's objectives
  • the competency of the applicant organisation and its people
  • the feasibility of the proposed plan
  • payments to a successful applicant may be made in one sum or can be paid in instalments
  • grants are charitable donations therefore do not include a GST portion.


Applicants must complete the online application form and provide supporting information.

The trust particularly encourages innovative ideas and seeks to encourage a few major enterprises rather than contributing to many smaller ventures.  Enterprises that receive support should preferably be wide-ranging and encompass several disciplines.



Funding Amount and Time Frames

  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed annually. The next granting cycle will be from Monday 17th June 2019 to Wednesday 31st July 2019.
  • The amount to be distributed this year is approximately $800,000.
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • The length of the assessment process is dependent on the volume of applications and all applicants are notified of the decision. During the assessment period, trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.
  • It is estimated that applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2019.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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