Grant funding overview for wider Wellington Region

A note on Class 4 Funding: 

Class 4 funding collection ceases under Alert Levels 3 and 4. The capital reserves introduced following the original lockdown in 2020 will enable societies to remain solvent, with priority given to the payment of society salaries and expenses. Societies will take a prudent approach to funding applicants. This will likely result in a general decline in available funding during Alert Levels 3 and 4.

Last updated Friday 8 October 2021. 

Recipients who have already received funding should:

  • Review what you’ve received funding for and check whether the funding is still justified e.g. is that workstream or event still taking place? Are the costs still being incurred? Some purposes that were funded may no longer be justified and will need to be refunded to the Funder when you do your accountability.
  • Review salaries that have been funded if you’re now eligible to receive wage relief for these positions.
  • Please note, money granted can only be spent on the authorised purpose that it was approved for.

Transparency and accountability is the key to mitigate any risk so if in doubt, call the Funder involved to seek clarification and check their websites for updates regarding future funding rounds. 

We understand the financial uncertainty lockdown brings for people and are actively engaging with funders to better understand the likely impact of this current lockdown on Class 4 Funding and our sector. 


Upcoming event: Porirua Funding Expo 13 October, 1:00-7:00pm.

Available grants

Click here to see the Council funds

In alphabetical order:

ANZ Good Sports Grants

As long-time supporters of Netball New Zealand and New Zealand Cricket, ANZ gives $1 million of ANZ Good Sports Grants to help support netball and cricket clubs and teams. For example, you might need new kit to deliver your sport, help with team subs, ground repairs or financial assistance with other expenses involved. Check their website to see when the next round opens.

Find out more


Aotearoa Gaming Trust (formerly The Southern Trust)

The Aotearoa Gaming Trust doesn't currently have any venues in the Wellington region - check their website to see if this has changed before applying. There are no cut-off dates and most applications are processed within 20 working days. Applications over $30,000 are reviewed at the next monthly Board of Trustees meeting.

***AGT is able to accept and process grant applications online. They will endeavour to support as many organisations as possible, but are subject to changes in restrictions imposed by the Government’s response to the very fluid situation with Covid-19.


Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust

The objective of the Trust is to promote, assist, support and encourage participation and expertise in all forms of amateur sport, both competitive and recreational. To help foster and encourage the development of primarily Junior Sports located in Wellington’s Eastern Suburbs. 

Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis with the Trust meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.

Visit the website


Eastern & Central Community Trust

Eastern & Central Community Trust provides grants and support to community organisations in the Gisborne Tairāwhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Tararua, Wairarapa, Manawatu & Horowhenua regions.

Grant applications for all their funds are welcome, as per the closing dates, see the Grand Rounds/Closing Dates. However, please note that their Trust only operates in Wairarapa and not the wider Wellington region.

***ECCT is providing support and granting as normal under the current Alert Level. If you would like to apply for a grant pertaining to COVID-19 please apply via their Grassroots fund. More information on this here.



Four Winds Foundation

Four Winds have a paper-based application which needs to be received at their office by 4.30pm on or before the last working day of the month. They are considered at the following month's meeting (generally held on the last week of each month).

A maximum of four applications per applicant will be considered in any 12-month period regardless of grant outcome and only 1 application per month will be considered.

***They are not accepting new grant applications from the Auckland region until further notice. Areas outside of Auckland where they have venues can now apply.



Grassroots Trust

The Grassroots Trust Limited Board generally meets every month to review grant applications. Completed grant applications must be submitted on or before the application closing date prior to the Board meeting in which the application is to be considered.

***They are unable to generate any revenue in the Auckland until the region return to Level 2. However, as they are operating in other regions, application are able to be accepted in those regions. Please contact their Grants Team to arrange a refund for any grants received for events which will no longer proceed.

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Grassroots Trust Central

(Formerly the Infinity Foundation). 

The Grassroot Trust Board meets every month to review grant applications. Completed grant applications must be submitted online on or before the last working day of the month prior to the Board meeting in which the application is to be considered. 

There is limited funding available due to on-going restrictions.



Halberg Activity Fund

Activity Fund grants are provided to enable physically disabled young people to participate in sport and recreation by reducing financial barriers. The fund accepts applications made by or on behalf of individuals physically disabled young people. Activity Fund Grant Committee meetings are held on a monthly basis (excluding December).

Making contact with their Regional Advisors is advised prior to applying for the Activity Fund due to system issues.



Hutt Mana Trust

For schools, community groups and individuals in the Hutt Valley, Porirua City and Wellington North. Two funding rounds per year - March and September.

Visit the website


Ministry of Social Development (MSD)

The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to iwi, hapü and community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. The Community Capability and Resilience Fund closed at midnight Friday 1 October 2021. If you have applied, you should hear from them by the end of October about the outcome of your application.



Nikau Foundation

Nikau Foundation offers funding opportunities for non-profits across Wellington, Porirua, Hutt, Kapiti, and Wairarapa. Nikau Foundation has one grant round a year, so check their site in February.

Visit their website


You can find all the information you need about applying to NZCT for a grant by clicking on the link below. We recommend you start on the page called 'Making a successful application'. 

***Submission of applications are able to be accepted across New Zealand. However, due to the lingering possibility of further COVID lockdown periods, they cannot confirm when their Net Proceeds Committee will meet to consider your application. More information on NZCT Grants under Covid-19 here.



One Foundation

Note: You are required to register yourself and your organisation before being able to apply for a grant. Click on the Sign Up button and follow the registration process as if you are a new grantee. 

Funding applications are able to be received under the current Alert Level. See their timetable for funding rounds and deadlines.



Pelorus Trust

Upcoming closing dates are posted on the left-sidebar of the website, (meetings are generally held twice each month). Applications will only be accepted through their online application process and must be received by 10 pm on the closing date. If your application is in order the application will automatically be included in the next funding round. Ensure that you submit your application well in advance of when you require the funds. They will only accept applications up to three months prior to the event. All quotes need to be current and dated within a three month period.

***Applications for the next meeting are now open under Covid-19 Alert Level 2.



Pub Charity

Closing dates for applications are monthly (normally early on in the month). The Net Proceeds Committee meets in the second half of each month (except December) to consider the month's applications – you should expect to hear back by the first week of the following month.



Thomas George Macarthy Trust

For charitable and educational organisations operating in the old Wellington provincial district (defined as south of Turangi, excluding Taranaki and Hawke's Bay).

Each year the TGM Trust has 2 contestable grants. Early Childhood- Special Grant Round opens from 1 April to 30 April and the Contestable Grant Round opens from 1 May to 30 June.


The Lion Foundation

The Lion Foundation are pleased to welcome applications for funding. Before you apply please check that you are eligible and that your project matches their criteria.



The Trusts Community Foundation

Their mission is to provide funding for community groups, charities and clubs with a focus on Education, Health, Arts & Culture and Sports. See their schedule for funding rounds here. The Net Proceeds Committee’s usual practice is to approve one grant per organisation per financial year.

***Due to the lockdowns being further extended they have no option but to disable their online Grant Application portal.



Thankyou Charitable Trust

Thankyou Charitable Trust gives postcode-based microgrants. It could be planting fruit trees on your grass berm. Hosting a community dinner. Creating public art. Building an adult playground in the local park, or a new jump in the skate park.

They have two confirmed grant rounds for 2021. Grants are between $100 to $3000 for projects that contribute to community wellbeing, resilience or sustainability. They also have a trustee giving circle round of $20,000 to individual charity/community organisations. Like their Facebook page to find out when a grant round is in your neighbourhood.


Trillian Trust

Trillian Trust has a venue in Wairarapa. The cut-off date for each meeting is midnight on the 10th of the month

*** They are unable to distribute funding to the Auckland and Waikato Regions due to gaming venues being closed under Covid-19 Alert Level 3 and 4. However, they are accepting grant applications from other regions where their venues are open under Alert Level 2.



Trust House

The funding must go towards an event or initiative that enhances one or more of their communities: Wairarapa, Flaxmere, Pahiatua, Rimutaka or Porirua. 

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Lottery Grants

Lottery grant requests must align with one of the Board’s criteria:

  • enhance capability and increase capacity among applicants and the community
  • reduce community organisation funding gaps
  • have regards to the needs and aspirations of Māori
  • consider the needs of older people, Pacific people and other ethnic communities, women and youth, people with disabilities.

Grant requests should show how they will contribute to at least one of these key objectives:

  • support volunteers
  • enable people to help themselves
  • promote community wellbeing and address disadvantage
  • promote community participation, inclusion and identity.

Applicants should also show how they:

  • will focus on achieving their outcomes
  • will work together with others to achieve common community outcomes
  • are responsive to the communities they serve.

Find out more about Lottery Grants


Council funds available


Wellington City Council:

Active Transport Workplace Fund 

Wellington City Council is challenging workplaces to get more staff walking, jogging and biking. Applications for this new fund can be made at any time through the Council’s online funding portal and will be considered each month. A total of $50,000 is available this financial year. Priority will be given to applications from businesses or organisations that are willing to part or match-fund the initiative or programme they are requesting funding for, and those already doing other things to encourage a shift to active transport.

Applications need to include a comprehensive project plan showing how the initiative will be monitored and evaluated. Businesses applying must also be in the Wellington City area. Applications are reviewed at the end of each month. Find out more about the fund here

Tipu Toa: Build Back Better/City Recovery Fund

This fund is available to support initiatives that will contribute to Wellington's post COVID-19 economic recovery. The fund is open for application at any time. More information on this here.

See more funds from Wellington City Council here.


Porirua City Council Community Support Grants  

Their Young People's Fund is open for applications now. This fund offers grant for projects or initiatives that will have a significant impact on children and young people living in Porirua.

Find out more


Wairarapa Councils' current community grants and funding:

Masterton District Council 

The Community Events Fund and The Community Wellbeing Grant for the funding year 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022 are now closed.

See their other Community Grants here.