Grant funding overview for wider Wellington Region
Funding options for schools
Click here to download a spreadsheet showing all the funders that schools can apply to in the Greater Wellington region. Separated into regions, the list identifies funders in your area and provides all the relevant details you need to know before applying. (This information was updated December 2021).
Funding options for sport, active rec, play, community organisations
To apply for funding, you need to be either a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation, an incorporated society, or be affiliated to a body that is incorporated (and preferably registered with the Charities Commission).
The funders are listed 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.
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.
Click here to see the Council funds
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.
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.
Four Winds Foundation
Four Winds have a paper-based application that 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.
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.
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.
The iSPORT Foundation provides a platform that enables New Zealand youth aged 14-18 to raise the necessary funds to achieve their goals in the sport they love, no matter their circumstances. Their crowdfunding platform is a successful medium that empowers kids to connect and engage with their local community and wider network to attract donations to their campaign.
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 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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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 has a venue in Wairarapa. The cut-off date for each meeting is midnight on the 10th of the month.
The funding must go towards an event or initiative that enhances one or more of their communities: Wairarapa, Flaxmere, Pahiatua, Rimutaka or Porirua.
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.
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
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.
Masterton District Council
The Community Wellbeing Grant for the funding year 1 July 2021-30 June 2022 is now closed.
See their other Community Grants here.