Grant funding overview for wider Wellington Region

This content is correct as of 17 November 2020 

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General note re Government Wage Subsidy

If you received funding toward salary costs from a Trust for the same timeframe you received the government wage subsidy, there are a few important things you need to be aware of:

  1. The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) requirements state that any wage subsidy you receive must be allocated to 12 weeks of wages for your employees from the date you submitted your application. This means you cannot hold these funds for allocation against a different 12 week period.
  2. When accounting for your grant funding, you can only claim the difference between the subsidy and what your staff member was paid.
  3. When accounting for your grant funding you might be asked to include a breakdown of what the staff members were paid, the amount you have allocated to the wage subsidy and the difference you are claiming against your grant.

For more information about the wage subsidy guidelines please visit the Work and Income Website.

Available grants

In alphabetical order:

ANZ Good Sports Grants (for cricket)

As long-time supporters of Netball New Zealand and New Zealand Cricket, ANZ is giving $1 million of ANZ Good Sports Grants to help support netball and cricket clubs and teams. (NB: netball applications have now closed).

If you are a cricket club or team who is struggling to get back on your feet - you can apply. For example, you might need new kit to deliver your sport, help with team subs, ground repairs or financial assistance with other expenses involved. Applications are open between18 May 2020 and 17 May 2021.

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Eastern Suburbs Sports Trust

The objective of the Trust is to promote, assist, support and encourage participation and expertise in all forms or 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.

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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 our funds are welcome, as per the closing dates (available on our website However, please note that our Trust only operates in Wairarapa and not the wider Wellington region.



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.



Grassroots Trust Ltd

Infinity Foundation has signed an agreement with Grassroots Trust to create a new partnership, joining under one brand for the ultimate benefit of New Zealand communities. This new Regional Trust Model sees Infinity and Grassroots collaborating together, under the Grassroots Trust brand. Their authorised purpose remains the same.

The Grassroots Trust Limited Board generally meets on the fourth Wednesday of 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 individual physically disabled young people. Activity Fund Grant Committee meetings are held on a monthly basis (excluding December).



Hutt Mana Trust

For schools, community groups and individuals in the Hutt Valley, Porirua City and Wellington North. Two funding rounds per year. The next round will open in March 2021.

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The first round of the Community Capability & Resilience Fund closed on 13 November. There will be another two rounds, so check their website for more details. The purpose of the CCRF is to provide assistance and support for community groups working with priority populations as they respond, rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. It is targeted towards initiatives that support priority groups, which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.



Nikau Foundation

Following a period of consultation, Nikau Foundation has made the decision to move their 2020/21 grants round to later in the financial year, with applications being accepted from early February 2021, and grants made in April. 



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'. 



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.



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.



Pub Charity

There isn't a funding round in December, the next closing date is 13 January 2021.



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 Southern Trust

The Southern 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.



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. Funding rounds close on the 10th of each month. 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 four grant rounds in 2020. 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



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. They are keeping their application rounds open and may consider things of an urgent nature, but all non-urgent applications will be told to reapply at a later date. Closing date for the next funding rounds is 2 November 2020.

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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

Wellington City Council Waste Minimisation Seed Fund 

With up to $100,000 available every year, they encourage Wellingtonians to be leaders in waste reduction by supporting new initiatives or existing programmes that target priority waste streams, reduce harm to the environment and improve the efficiency of resource use. The fund closes on 31 October. Find out more about the fund here.


Porirua City Council Community Support Grants  

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Wairarapa Councils' current community grants and funding:

Masterton District Council 

Community Events Fund is open year round.