Nikau Foundation Funds
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Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Hutt Valley, South Wairarapa and Wellington. Nikau Foundation works with a huge variety of different groups in Wellington.
Nikau Foundation has a range of endowment funds covering a wide range of causes including arts, health, education, environment & conservation, disability, animal welfare etc.
Please just apply to Nikau Foundation and they will decide which fund is suitable for your application.
They also manage Tindall Foundation grants for families and social services for Wellington.
Available to groups or individuals?
Groups may apply
Nikau Foundation was previously the Wellington Region Foundation which serves the greater Wellington region. The Nikau Foundation is a unique type of charitable trust - a Community Foundation - that attracts gifts and legacies for the benefit of our Wellington regional community, so that people can give to what they care about, forever.
Working for a better community by encouraging charitable gifts by donors to create permanent endowment funds and using the income from these funds to make grants that support a wide range of community needs.
A community foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation working in a specific geographic area. The objective is to provide long term benefits to the region and its people.
Nikau Foundation is the Community Foundation for the Greater Wellington Region
The Nikau Foundation is a unique charitable trust that attracts gifts, trusts and legacies and invests them for the benefit of the Greater Wellington region.
The income from these investments is distributed to charitable organisations in accordance with the donor's wishes, throughout the Greater Wellington Region.
The Foundation’s primary aim is to provide a simple, effective and long-lasting way for people in the Greater Wellington region to give to local causes now and in the future.
Individuals, unless advised by our donor(s).
Most costs/expenses eligible. Projects with a start and finish date are preferred.
Information not available
Upper limit per grant application
Varies but generally in the range of $5,000-$10,000
Grants made last year
Funds available last year
How to apply
The Nikau Foundation team have been working with our donors, Board and Committees to review our grant-making, and following this period of consultation, we have made the decision to move our 2020/21 grants round to later in the financial year, with applications being accepted from early February, and grants made in April.
If you can’t wait until the next grant round, i.e. you have a time sensitive or urgent request, feel free to apply or contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We might know someone who is interested in your area, be able to suggest other funders or offer other fundraising advice.
Information required with your application
You will need to attach copies of
– your latest financial statements
– your annual report (or similar), and
– a deposit slip or bank form/statement which shows the name of the account and account number.
The Board. We match your application with the donor’s interests.
Applications are processed in September and October with sign off by the board in late November. Grants will be paid out in December each year by direct credit.
If you miss the grant round, don’t worry! We are constantly talking to donors and other funders throughout the year. If you can’t wait until the next grant round, i.e. you have a time sensitive or urgent request, feel free to apply or contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We might know someone who is interested in your area, be able to suggest other funders or offer other fundraising advice.
If your organisation is successful in the first stage, you will then be asked to make a full application which may include meeting with Nikau Foundation. The deadline for the 2nd stage applications is 31st July. (Please note this excludes the Roy and Jan Mace Charitable Trust which is a single application process made through the application on our Application Forms page.)
The capital from our endowment funds remains intact and the distribution of the ongoing interest is distributed in grants. These grants are given according to the wishes of the donor. This community foundation model creates lasting, sustainable change.
Donations are made by cheque or direct credit and successful recipients are expected to send a representative to our grants events.
Conditions of acceptance
The grant must be used for the purpose applied for
Please complete and return our evaluation form within a year of the grant being made (form available on our website).
We require an update of progress towards completion of your project as it progresses. Please forward 2 or 3 photos and an update to us that we can use on our website / annual report / newsletters. Before / after’ photos are especially welcome. Please include photo captions. Talent release permissions are your responsibility.
Please acknowledge our contribution to your organisation in any publications you produce or any other means at your disposal – we would like to become better known throughout the Wellington Region.
For information on previous grants refer to the 'Annual Report' on the website listed below or the link to Past Grants.
Po Box 24 220
Phone: 04 381 2224