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Whanganui Community Foundation

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Eligible districts

Whanganui, Rangitikei and Waimarino areas.


To be considered for funding from the Whanganui Community Foundation an organisation must be:
• a not-for-profit organisation (usually an incorporated society or charitable trust, or registered as a charity)
• in operation for twelve months or more, and
• specifically within the region of the Whanganui Community Foundation (including Rangitikei, Waimarino and Whanganui).
Marae will be eligible without Charitable Status in line with their recognition as a Maori reservation for communal purposes under the Te Ture Whenua Act 1993.

** Quick Response Grants **
Up to $10,000
The intention of the Quick Response grants is to respond to the needs of communities through an assessment and decision process that is prompt. The grant will focus on activities and programmes that strengthen the communities of the Whanganui region.

• To increase community connectedness and foster community well-being.

Funding Priorities:
• Strengthen relationships, collaborations and partnerships between community organisations
• Projects that recognise and support the region’s diverse cultures
• Support the growth and development of the community
• Projects that ensure accessibility for all
• Protect and preserve the region’s heritage and environment
• Show evidence of community ownership

** Community Support Grants **
$10,000 - $100,000
The intention of the Community Support Grants is to respond to the needs of communities through an assessment and decision process. The grant will focus on high needs children 0-5 years’ old, youth at risk, and the isolated elderly of our communities.

Children 0-5 years old
To enhance the wellbeing of high-needs children aged 0-5 years in our community.

Funding Priorities:
• Improved wellbeing outcomes for high needs children aged 0-5 years
• Build knowledge and capacity amongst high needs families/whānau with children 0-5 years old
• Collaboration between organisations working in the 0-5 years old area
• Innovative solutions focused on high-needs children, 0-5 years old.

Youth at risk
To enhance and foster youth development and create positive outcomes for youth at risk, including YNEET/SWEET.

Funding Priorities:
• Improved wellbeing outcomes for youth at risk
• Fostering the development of youth at risk
• Collaboration between organisations working in the youth at risk area
• Programmes are well grounded in evidence and research, and apply best practice
• Building knowledge and capacity amongst families/whānau with youth at risk
• Innovative solutions applied to youth at risk.

Elderly in our Communities
To enhance the wellbeing of isolated elderly in our community.

Funding Priorities:
• Improved outcomes for isolated elderly in the community
• Encourage intergenerational development and learning
• Encourage participation of isolated elderly in the community
• Collaboration between organisations working in the elderly area
• Innovative solutions to support positive outcomes for isolated elderly in the community.

** High Investment – High Community Engagement Grants ** 
The intention of High Community Engagement is to create significant positive change through supporting innovative projects and practices. The fund will focus on children 0-5 years old and youth at risk. It will include additional support to enable organisations to work in strategic and innovative ways, and increase their capacity to deliver positive outcomes. The fund will support organisations in a sustained way over a number of years to try and address key issues facing the Whanganui region.

• Up to $100,000 per year, for 3 years, plus up to $92,000 over the three years for capacity building and evaluation
• Capacity building might include programme design support, evaluation capacity, organisational development, leadership development, sector development, relationship development and so on. Evaluation may be internally or externally provided or a combination of both.
• A high level of engagement with the Board may exist. This may be in the form of regular reporting and presentations to the Board.

** Provision for Capital Projects **
The intention of Provision for Capital Projects is to provide capital grants which create a significant beneficial impact for the communities of the Whanganui region. It provides the opportunity for Whanganui Community Foundation to support projects of significance and apply innovative approaches. They are likely to have intergenerational benefit, have wide impact, and may have regional benefit.

To be used for capital projects, where the request to the Whanganui Community Foundation exceeds $100,000.
• Capacity and capability to deliver.
• Clear outcomes framework and previous demonstration of outcomes (track record).
• Alignment with the strategic objectives and priorities for the Whanganui Community Foundation.
• Based on best practice where applicable.
• Demonstration of collaboration and/or partnership.

Available to groups or individuals?

Groups may apply


Trust established in 1988 to distribute grants available from dividends received via shareholding in Trust Bank NZ Ltd.


Our purpose
Is to achieve greater social wellbeing and connectedness for the people of the Whanganui region.
Our role
To help community organisations to carry out charitable, educational, cultural, philanthropic and recreational activities in the wider Whanganui area.  We do this by making grants, providing professional development opportunities for community organisations and providing advisory services and other community development activities.

Projects funded

Groups and organisations performing a community service by:
• contributing to community well being
• promoting education and learning
• providing services or activities for the benefit or enjoyment of the public
• helping to alleviate social problems

Excluded projects

Projects that are not eligible include:
• Commercial ventures
• Endowments or a capital fund
• The promotion or benefit of an individual
• Individual research projects: Donations will be given to organisations for such projects as social research where there is a benefit either to the community or the research will help the Foundation to better target donations. The Foundation may also choose to commission such research outside the donations area. The Foundation will not fund research by individuals.
• Completed projects: The Foundation does not fund projects in retrospect nor does it consider projects intended to refinance or extinguish existing debt.
• Projects seeking to promote religious or political objectives

Activities funded

The Quick Response Grant and Community Support Grant funding will be considered for costs relating to one or more of the following:

• Operating costs
• Programme/project costs
• Capacity and capability building
• Leadership development
• Resources, equipment
• Community activities and events
For High Community Engagement and Capital Projects, funding will also be considered for costs relating to:

• Capital expenditure
• Minor capital works
• High engagement programmes: for high-needs children aged 0-5 years and youth at risk.

Excluded activities

Donations will not generally be given to:
• Individuals: Individuals are excluded from the definition of charitable and by the Trust Deed.
• Commercial organisations: Commercial Organisations are excluded from the definition of charitable and by the Trust Deed.
• Organisations for the purpose of being passed on to other organisations which in their own right could make an application to the Foundation.
• National organisations unless it is for a purpose specific to the region served by the Foundation and there is a mechanism for ensuring that the funding will be used within the region. The Trust Deed specifies that the benefit must be principally to the region. Exceptions may be made for small amounts where there will be an indirect advantage to the region.
• International travel
• Travel for competitive or recreational activity.
• Clothing for competitive or recreational activity
• Prizes or sponsorships for tournaments
• Operational costs, as distinct from other initiatives for organisations receiving a high level of government funding (i.e. 60-80% is considered high but may be funded, above 80% would not be funded).
• External providers delivering programmes/resources into schools that can be regarded as part of the delivery of the core curriculum
• Fundraisers and fundraising activity

Funds available


Grants made last year


Funds available last year


How to apply

Existing Users
If you had an account on our previous system (prior to March 2018), please RE-REGISTER HERE.
Most of your previous grant history will be available in Fluxx.
New Applicants
Use one of the following links if you have never registered with us before (or if you’re not sure):
Quick Response or Community Support application
Capital Grant Expression of Interest (EOI)
High Community Engagement Grant Expression of Interest (EOI)
We manually review all registrations and will get back to you within 2 working days.

Start Your Application

For assistance, please contact Stephen Brandon via email or call 022 595 8700. We're here to help!

Information required with your application

• a detailed proposal, budget and time frame for project
• how much funding wanted, how much in hand, what other funds applied for, how shortfall met
• audited accounts
• background information on the applicant or group
• evidence of community support for the project
• explanation of how your project aligns with Whanganui Community Foundation priorities

Decision makers

The Board of Whanganui Community Foundation.

Decision time

Support will be considered for organisations that can have a collaborative and efficient approach:

• Alignment with strategic objectives and identified priorities
• Capacity and capability to deliver
• Clear outcomes
• Programmes based on sector best practice
• Demonstrated approach to collaboration and efficiencies
• Innovation

The following factors will also be considered during the assessment process:

• Financial capacity - current funding sources including government contracts and fundraising capability
• Organisational capacity - support from funding partners/key sector organisations
• Sustainability
• Track record
• Potential for duplication of existing services
• Number of people who will benefit.

Additional criteria for Capital Projects over $100,000:

In general, funding priority will be given to those projects that most closely align with the Whanganui Community Foundation’s strategic objectives and identified priorities, are well planned at a strategic development level, and have the organisational capability to deliver. Whanganui Community Foundation expects organisations would be able to demonstrate a contribution towards the cost of the projects.

Specifically, projects will be assessed against the following areas:

• How the project enhances the interaction and participation of people in the community
• The number and breadth of people who benefit from the project
• Financial sustainability
• Environmental impact, including that of buildings

The Trust advises that:
• Applicants will be contacted within 3 months
• Completion of an application form does not constitute approval of a grant
• Generally only one grant will be made to any applicant within each 12 month period
• Grants do not attract GST

How notified

A phone call and letter to contact person when funding approved/declined.

How paid

Varies according to the grant or donation.

Conditions of acceptance

• The foundation expects an acknowledgement in your Annual Report
• The project must be started within 12 months of the donation being approved
• The donation must be used for the specific project applied for
• The recipient organisation must agree to a project audit if requested
• An online Accountabilty Report must be submitted within 12 months of approval of the grant

Other information

Business or strategic plan is required for applications of $10,000 or more.

If you have any enquiries regarding applications, please contact Stephen Brandon, phone 022-595 8700 or e-mail Stephen here.


Stephen Brandon
Foundation Manager
Whanganui Community Foundation
60 Ridgway Street,
PO Box 765
Wanganui 4541
Phone: 022 595 8700