Community Leader Scholarships

Catapult’s purpose is to unleash brilliance in people, organisations and communities.  Our vision is to lift the prosperity and well being of all New Zealanders by creating a big leap in leadership capability and confidence.

Four Catapult Community Leaders Scholarships are made available each year.

Applications for 2022 scholarships are not yet open.

The 2021 Catapult Community Leaders Scholarship are for four places on our residential leadership programme Catapult Leadership, held quarterly in Martinborough. We are looking for individuals dedicated to addressing social problems.

Applications will be accepted from 1 April 2021 until 28 May 2021. Late submissions will not be considered. Scholarship recipients will pay for their own transport to Wellington if from outside of Wellington. The scholarship covers travel from Wellington to Martinborough, accommodation, meals, tuition, a comprehensive workbook, and follow-up coaching by the programme leader.

Links to an application form and application instructions can be found at the bottom of this page. Most of the questions you may have will be answered in these documents. If you still have questions, please contact

Applicants for the Catapult Community Leaders Scholarship should meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated passion and commitment to creating positive social change
  2. Grit, courage, and perseverance
  3. A minimum of four years work experience including some leadership and management experience
  4. Currently working for a not-for-profit organisation in a role with significant scope to influence social change

The best personal and professional development course I have ever done. Well designed, prepared, useful tools and great support mechanisms.

Belinda van Eyndhoven Manager Projects, Sustainable Business Council

This programme far exceeded my expectations and is second to none in my opinion. Thank you so very much for the scholarship.

Scott Miller CE, Volunteering New Zealand

A jam-packed three days! Extremely useful, practical, informative and a lot of fun. An enormous thank you for the generous scholarship. Tomorrow is a new day and I am ready!

Stephanie Clare Age Concern NZ

Catapult Leadership has equipped me with practical tools for leadership. Thanks so much for an inspiring and life-changing three days!

Jen Gibson Kaibosh Food Rescue

The programme has been life transforming. I would highly recommend it.

Tayyaba Khan ChangeMakers Refugee Forum

I learned practical leadership tools, to believe in myself as a leader, and was inspired by a diverse group of motivated leaders from across NZ.

Gail Marshall Community Comms Collective

Excellent facilitation and practical application. I feel very humble to have received the scholarship.

Nada Piatek Sustainability Trust