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Funding Assistance for Award Leaders

We want to make it as easy as possible for your school or organisation to do the Award. Award Units who require financial assistance or activity support can use the resources below to apply for grants or fundraise online. If you want some one on one assistance, give our Funding Advisor a call on 0800 69 29 27.

For individuals without an Award Unit or Award Leader please email [email protected] or phone 0800 69 29 27 to discuss your circumstances before completing a grant form.


Top Tips

1. All funding applications are different so make sure you read the application form carefully and understand what is needed.

2. Check the closing date. Plan ahead to ensure that you have all the additional information you need to submit a full application before the due date.

3. Check that your purpose and project fits within the funders criteria. Many funders encourage you to ring them and discuss your project.

4. Be specific about your project. Answer the questions.

  • Why – purpose of your project
  • What – steps to complete the project
  • Who – people involved
  • How – methods to complete the project

5. Assume the funder knows nothing about your group or project. Make sure you give some background about your group and its objectives.

6. Fill in every section of the application form. If possible use black ink (it is much easier to read and photocopy). Do not bind or put your application in folders. Staple the pages together in the top left corner.

7. Give an outline of your current financial position and include your Annual Financial Statements.

8. Include all the information requested. Make sure that the contact person on the application form is actually available to take phone calls.

9. Keep a copy of the application. It will make it easier next time you apply and also when you need to fill out any evaluation forms down the track.

10. Be realistic, be honest and don’t rely on one funder to fund your whole project.



Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)

This scheme provides government-funded grants to support voluntary and not-for-profit organisations working in local communities and neighbourhoods. 


Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs

Funding for Community Groups from gaming machine societies. 


Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund is a global community grant program focusing on the dairy communities where their staff and suppliers and their families live and work. 


The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi 

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi – spends around $8.253 million a year on a wide range of youth development and enterprise opportunities. They provide funding for community-based services to support young people, aged 12 to 24, to develop and use knowledge, skills and experiences to participate confidently in their communities. 


The Tindall Foundation

The Tindall Foundation give donations to charitable organisations, offer capacity building, collaborate with others and connect people and organisations together. They give around 700 donations on average to different organisations and initiatives each year. Donations range from small charitable donations of $1000 to local community initiatives, to over $1m for large scale, partnership projects. 




Givealittle is the place to donate and fundraise for causes and charities online. 

Sport Funder

Sportfunder is a global leader in crowdfunding for sports. 

iSPORT Foundation

The iSPORT Foundation is works with New Zealand youth, 12-18, who are looking for support to be the best they can be in their chosen sport. 

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