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Johnsonville Youth Grant

History of award

When the Trust was established a founding grant was made from a local Trust that was established when the Founder of the Independent Herald sold the newspaper to a National chain. That fund has now been used up. Two other local businesses have been instrumental in the establishment and ongoing support of the Trust.
Autoshop Group Ltd and Northern Timber Mitre 10 (more recent Crofton Downs Mitre 10) have maintained financial support since 1986 and are currently the key supporters of the Trust.


The Trust exists to help the young people living within Tawa and Crofton Downs excel in life through monetary grants in the following areas:
• Sport
• Academia
• Arts
• Other professional endevours


• Applicants must be between the aged between 13 and 23 years of age as at 30th September in the year of application.

• Applicants must live or come from within the Tawa, Churton Park, Newlands, Johnsonville, Khandallah, Ngaio, Crofton Downs area in the year of the application.

Number of awards

Between 10 and 12.


Over the last few years grants have averaged $2000 per person.


One Year.

Closing dates

Applications are made in June-August of each year.

How do students apply?

Since 2018 applications are only open to current Students of Newlands, Onslow and Tawa Colleges. Each College runs its own application system based upon the criteria set by Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust.
Applications must be made on our application form which is available from the Autostop Office (level 2, 111 Johnsonville Road, ph 939 4498) or may be downloaded from the website.

It is preferable that the applicant complete the form however parents or teachers may assist particularly for younger applicants. Note that the applicant must complete the last page. For applicants under 20 years of age a parent or guardian must sign the form as well.

Additional information

Applicants are encouraged to get their application in early (only accepted from 15th June till closing date) as Trustees begin assessing applications as they arrive.

Decision makers

The Trustees are all people who have lived or worked within the area for many years and have local knowledge and contacts which they use in assessing the validity of applications.


All applicants will be notified of the Trustee decision on or before 15th September. Presentation of grants will be early October to coincide with the Rotary dinner.

Conditions of acceptance

Grants are based upon the application and awardees must return the grant or seek exemption from Trustees if the award is to be used in any manner other than that outlined in the application. For audit reasons, Trustees require confirmation six months after the grant has been made that is has been applied in the manner the applicant requested the grant for.


Johnsonville Youth Grants Trust
PO Box 13 354
Phone: (04) 939 4498 Fax: (04) 939 2810