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19 July 2013

20 May - Internet NZ

Latest 5 funding organisation updates/additions to the list below:

Internet NZ

ChCh Earthquake Recovery Trust

St Joans Trust

Lottery Community

CCC Community Grants (Strengthening Comminities, Small Grants)

Funds available

Below is a list of organisation that provide funding to community organisations.  If you have a library card with a pin you can go onto the CCC library website and look at Fundview for free.

Is your organisaion:

a. Non incorporated can apply

b. Must be Incorporated

c. Must be Charitable status

What are you needing funding for?

  1. Volunteer costs
  2. Capital items & Equipment
  3. Environment
  4. Project & Event Costs
  5. Economic & Employment
  6. Operating costs (incl .Salaries/Wages)
  7. Welfare & Social
  8. Other
  9. Earthquake recovery
  10. Education & Youth
  11. Sport & Recreation
  12. Arts, Heritage & Culture
Funder Closing a b c 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Air New Zealand Environment Trust Feb a         3                  
Bendigo Valley Sports and Charity Foundation  - All year     C                   10 11 12
Biodiversity Condition Fund - <$60k             3                  
Biodiversity Advice Fund - <$60k             3                  
BOC - Where There's Water Grants (cleanup activities)             3                  
BP - Everyday part of your community All year                         10    
Breakout database                                
Cannon Environment Fund - <$15k All year a         3                  
Canterbury Community Trust -   a                            
Canterbury Social Support Fund June 2013 a                     9      
CCC Discretionary Response Fund - >$5k June   b     2 3 4   6   8 9      
CCC Neighbourhood Week - August                     8        
CCC Small Grants Fund - <$5k May       1 2   4   6            
CCC Strengthening Commnities - >$5k March   b   1 2   4   6            
CCC Youth Development Scheme - June                           11  
ChCh Earthquake Appeal - All year a             5     7   10 11 12
ChCh Earthquake Recovery Trust                                
Clyde Graham Charitable Trust June                              
Commemorating Waitangi Day Fund/Ngai Tahu Fund                                
Corporate Citizens database                                
DIA - Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) <$10 July a           4   6            
DIA - Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) >$10k     b         4   6            
DIA - Community Development Scheme <$80k     b         4   6            
DIA - Community Internship Programme All year   b         4   6            
DIA - Support for Volunteering Fund     b                          
DIA - Youth Worker Training Scheme     b                          
DIA - All other grants                                
Enterprising Communities Fund All year             4                
EOI close for Pacific Conservation & Development Trust                                
Eureka Trust                                
First Sovereign Trust All year                              
Fletcher Trust                                
Foodstuffs Community Trust -                                
Four Winds Foundation     b     2         7     10 11  
Fundview database                                
Harcourts Foundation                                
Helping Hand   a                           12
Inspire Foundation - extraordinary young cantabrians July a                       10    
Inernet NZ                       8        
Jetstar Flying start Cash and travel <$30k All year a                       10 11 12
J R McKenzie Trust (for disadvantaged families) July                              
JS Watson Conservation Fund <$4000                                
Lion Foundation & Mainland Foundation All year                              
Lottery Community Facilities Fund                                
Lottery Community     b   1         6 7     10    
Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund All year                              
Lottery National Community Committee                                
Microsoft technology initiative                                
Ministry of Culture & Heritage - Various funding                                
Ministry for the Environment - Community Environment Fund Feb & Aug   b       3             10    
Ministry for the Environment - Waste Minimisation Fund Jun   b       3             10    
Ministry of Youth Development - Youth Fund Oct   b                     10    
Ministry of Youth Development - Youth Development Partnership Fund     b                     10    
Ministry of Youth Development - Services for Young Fund     b                     10    
Ministry of Youth Development - Prime Minister's Youth Programme     b                     10    
PAC Sep           3                  
Paul Newman's Own Foundation - <$20k       c     3           9 10 11  
NZ Business Funding Centre                 5              
NZ Post August                              
Pub Charity - All year     c                   10 11 12
Red Cross various funds - All year a                   8 9 10    
Ron Greenwood Environmental Trust <$2500 All year                              
Sargood Bequest <$5000                                
Southern Trust All year                              
Sports NZ                                
St Joans Trust Sep     c             7          
Support for Volunteering Fund All year                              
Sustainable Initiatives Fund - for diverting waste materials All year                              
Techsoup NZ (hardware/software purchases) All year   b     2                    
The Tindall Foundation -                                
Todd Foundation Earthquake Recovery Fund - All year a                       10    
Todd Foundation General Fund - August                     8        
TBC Lotteries Significant Projects Fund (help for stages of bigger projects)                                
United Way                                
Vodafone Foundation Canterbury Fund - <$50k July   b c   2               10    
Vodafone Charity Programmes -                         9 10    
Whats Good in the Hood Nov                              
William Toomey Trust                                
Working Together More Fund - seeding money March, July & November                              
World Wildlife Fund - various              3             10    

Useful links

Find out many more grants available at:

The following grants and funds are just some of those available:


  • Lottery Grants and Community Grants Schemes
     Grants Online enables visitors to complete online applications to Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) and/or Lottery Grants Board. The site offers helpful prompts to ensure information is easily understood and applications are quickly and efficiently completed.
     Lottery Grants are available for different types of projects and services, which include grants for projects that enable or encourage community self-reliance, capacity building and stability, opportunities for social, civil or cultural participation and reducing or removing barriers to such participation.  Administered within the Department of Internal Affairs, there are seven community grants or funding schemes to support local initiatives, community services and community-based youth development.
     » To apply go to Grants Online
  • Family and Community Services funding

Family and Community Services fund over 600 organisations to provide services that support families and strengthen communities through grants or contracts.
 » For more information go to the Family and Community Services website

  • Child, Youth and Family funding
     The Funding and Contracting group of Child, Youth and Family contracts with CYF approved organisations to provide social services for children, young people and their families.  It supports the development of new ways of working that enables better support for families and whanau.  To see how to gain approval and access funding see more on the Child, Youth and Family website. 

» View the website Child, Youth and Family website

  • Charitable Trusts administered by the Public Trust
     The Public Trust website lists regional charitable trusts that make grants.
     » View the list on the Public Trust website
  • The Lion Foundation
     The Lion Foundation’s funding policy is structured to ensure that many different community causes can benefit.  Funding is shared between the areas of community, which includes arts, culture, heritage and environment (30%), health (15%), sport (40%) and education (15%).

» For more information go to Lion Foundation

  • §         Creative New Zealand

This is the main arts development organisation in New Zealand. Its role is to encourage, promote and support the arts for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

» For more information go to Creative New Zealand

  • §         The JR McKenzie Trust

This trust makes grants to community organisations in New Zealand, mainly in the areas of social services, health services and community development.

» For more information go to J R McKenzie Trust

  • §         New Zealand Community Trust

These funds come from operators up and down the country who run its gaming machines in their hotels, bars and clubs. Around 75% of grants are for sporting purposes, but it also supports other charitable purposes, such as the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, religion or any other purpose that will benefit the community.

» For more information go to their website http://www.nzct.org.nz/index.php

  • §         Canterbury Community Trust

This trust services Canterbury (North of the Rakaia River), the Nelson and Marlborough regions and the Chatham Islands.  The purpose of the Trust is to distribute funds for charitable, cultural,, philanthropic and recreational benefits in their area, all of which benefit our quality of life. 

» For more information go to their website The Community Trust

  • §         Sport & Recreation New Zealand

SPARC is dedicated to getting New Zealanders moving. That means everything from supporting elite athletes to getting out into local communities and encouraging people to get active.

» For more information go to Sport & Recreation New Zealand

  • Techsoup

This organisation will respond to requests from community organisations for IT equipment, and may either donate equipment or provide it at a discounted price

» For more information go to http://www.techsoup.net.nz/

  • The Tindall Foundation

This is the largest independent private foundation in Australasia, is driven by a desire to support initiatives in New Zealand which assist communities to help themselves and to heal problems rather than manage them.

» For more information go to Todd Foundation

  • The Todd Foundation

This foundation targets funding towards organisations and initiatives that contribute towards our vision for New Zealand Aotearoa as a place where “everyone is able to contribute to the best of their ability in a society that values and nurtures young people, encourages endeavour and recognises our cultural diversity”.

» For more information go to Todd Foundation

  • Vodafone NZ Foundation

This foundation manages two core programmes on an annual basis: the Grant Making Programme and the World of Difference Programme. Both encourage positive and healthy outcomes for young New Zealanders aged 12 to 24, who are highly at risk and facing significant obstacles in their lives.

» For more information go to http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/what-we-fund/

Vodafone also established the Canterbury Fund in 2011, to support the rebuilding of Christchurch.   The aim is to make a positive, long term difference within Christchurch communities and be agile and flexible as needs emerge.   Supporting youth aged 12-24 years is a major theme of the fund, which supports two programmes:

  • Small grants – primary focus on youth projects, infrastructure/ capital and other projects that strengthen Christchurch communities.
  • Business growth – partnership with the Canterbury Business Recovery Trust to drive employment (particular focus on youth).

Wage subsidy grants will be provided for small-to-medium enterprises (SME) looking to take on a new employee, with a particular focus on youth.
 Grants of up to $10,000 will be made available for salaries to be part paid for six months.  To apply for the Business Programme, please visit Canterbury Business Recovery Trust and click on the ‘Apply for Help’ link.

The Canterbury Fund is supported by the Vodafone Group Foundation and is a partnership with the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust .

» For more information go to http://foundation.vodafone.co.nz/canterbury-fund/

  • Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust

In making grants the Christchurch Rotary Earthquake Charitable Trust focuses first on needs of older people, young people and those with a disability resulting from 4 September 2010, 22 February and 13 June 2011 earthquakes and associated aftershocks.

» For more information email them on www.rotarysouthpacific.org

or to donate to  www.rnzwcs.org .

  • Wayne Francis Charitable Trust

This is a philanthropic family organisation committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to the community.  While primarily focused on ensuring the young people of today grow into happy, confident adults, they support people who have a dream, accept the challenge of adversity, and strive to rise above it.  One of their key funding areas is cancer research.  This realm of medicine embodies some of the Trust’s fundamental objectives – prevention, long-term change, and actions that strive to benefit the lives of many.

» For more information go to http://www.wfct.org.nz/Home

  • Red Cross NZ Canterbury Earthquake Fund

The Red Cross administers a fund of about $60 million, with about $16 million still available.

» For more information go to http://www.redcross.org.nz/2011christchurchearthquake

  • Fonterra Rebuilding Communities Programme

Fonterra has created this programme to help provide practical useful support relevant to their core competencies (areas of expertise and unique strengths).  Donations requests will be considered against the application criteria and will be operational until 22 February 2012 or until all funds have been distributed.

» For more information go to http://www.fonterra.com/wps/wcm/connect/fonterracom/fonterra.com/our+business/fonterra+at+a+glance/about+us/who+we+support

  • Christchurch City Council

The Council has three pre-existing Funds for community development, which were set up under the Strengthening Communities Strategy in 2007:

Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) $ 6.2 million

For NGOs, divided into Metropolitan and Community Board funds.

Contestable, once a year process [now closed for 2011-12]

Small Grants Fund (SGF) $ 795,000

For NGOs, divided into Community Board funds-applications under $5,000 [ now closed for 2011-12]

Discretionary Response Fund (DRF) $477,000

Ad-hoc requests for funding throughout the year

Community Organisation Loans scheme

Capital funding only

Mayor's Welfare Fund

Ad-hoc requests for funding throughout the year for individuals in financial distress only

While these funds can deal with some earthquake-related expenses, that is not their main purpose.

Christchurch Earthquake Mayoral Relief Fund

(The Mayoral Earthquake Relief Fund)

Eligibility criteria

  • Open to individuals, groups, community organisations and businesses
  • Requests for funding must arise as a consequence of the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes and associated aftershocks and must be for works or activities which fall within the following purposes:
    • contribute to the rebuilding of the social and physical infrastructure of Christchurch; and
    • assist in:
      • remedying hardship by individuals, groups, community organisations and businesses; and /or
      • protecting or repairing damage to the physical fabric of the city

» For more information contact earthquakefund@ccc.govt.nz .

Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (The Prime Minister's Fund)

This fund of about $74 million is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).  The Trust fund will be spent on targeted projects in the Greater-Christchurch area under seven categories. These are education, sport and recreation, heritage and culture, natural environment, spiritual and faith, economic revitalisation, and hardship and relief.

Eligibility criteria

The Trust will consider initiatives that:

  • Are for projects contributing to one or more of the seven target categories
  • Are major initiatives with multiple-beneficiaries
  • Are projects which address the gap between the immediate emergency response and permanent long-term solutions
  • Utilise existing organisations in Christchurch that can most effectively deliver results
  • Are collaborative proposals with input from key stakeholders in the proposed area of funding

All funding decisions will be made by the Trustees. The Trust has appointed an Advisory Board of local experts to provide a local perspective to guide decision-making and to give advice on the needs and priorities of the people of Canterbury.

Hardship — $10 million

This fund will be directed to areas such as support for the injured, support for children of the deceased, projects for at-risk youth, and money direct to critical support institutions such as Women's Refuge. The Trust recently allocated $2.8 million to St John Ambulance to buy emergency equipment and enhanced delivery and response equipment.

» For more information check the http://www.christchurchearthquakeappeal.govt.nz/   or email them christchurchearthquakeappeal@dia.govt.nz or phone 0800 448 444

  • Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Building Fund

A special appeal has launched to help fund the repair, restoration and strengthening of character and heritage buildings damaged during the Canterbury earthquake. 

The purpose of the Fund is to provide assistance to owners of heritage buildings to repair damage caused by the Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, and aftershocks.  Funding will be targeted at the gap between insurance cover, and the actual cost of repairs and associated works including conservation works, structural upgrading and Building code compliance works.

The Fund will consist of contributions from territorial authorities, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and donations. Any funds received will be matched by the government who have set aside up to $10 million.  This was set up prior to the 22 February Christchurch Earthquake.

» For more information go to http://www.ccc.govt.nz/homeliving/civildefence/chchearthquake/heritage.aspx

Christchurch Earthquake funding info

These links are sourced from Google.co.nz.  Most of the pages below have the criteria, applications and dates to be submitted.   Also, other information on other community organisations offering assistance.

Rotary have many community funds listed in the link below:

Te Whare Roimata ( jen-rod@xtra.co.nz or tewhareroimata@clear.net.nz ) and Manuka Cottage /Addington ( manukacottage@paradise.net.nz ) are both fundholders and have a small amount of reimbursement funds available.

Community Event Fund-holding Criteria 

The Fund-holder will hold and distribute funds for Community Events designed to bring the community together following the Canterbury Earthquakes.  In distributing these funds the following principles and criteria will be followed: 

  1. Use of a Community Development Model. 
  2. All Community Events will be volunteer led.
  3. Community Events must be open to the public, not just members of a group that is taking the lead in organising the event.
  4. Commercial entities will not be funded to lead a Community Event, but may (where appropriate) receive payment for goods and services provided. E.g. The Sausage Sizzle Company can not apply for funds to run a BBQ, but a Residents Association led event can pay The Sausage Sizzle Company for food & drinks supplied as part of the Community Event.
  5. Items that are of a predominantly personal benefit should not be funded.  This includes, but is not limited to: travel outside the immediate region, accommodation, alcohol, care packages, gifts, emergency kits.
  6. Items that form an integral part of the Community Event and assist in bringing the community together may be funded.  This may include (subject to the specific situation): food, refreshments, group entertainment, children's activities
  7. The Fund-holder is responsible for ensuring accountability to FACS/MSD for the use of funds, through the provision of Summary Reports.  Sufficient records must be kept by the Fund-holder to allow audit if required.






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