Funding FAQ's

Who can apply?

Any business, organisation or registered charity can apply for funding to support a project that will benefit the people of Tairāwhiti.


What is the Trust looking to see in applications?
  • The application must benefit our beneficiaries – the people of Tairāwhiti
  • Projects and initiatives should demonstrate a clear need with outcomes that align with our wellbeing framework
  • Widespread community involvement and support for the initiative
  • Any project or initiative should work with local businesses and suppliers wherever possible
  • Forward planning. Make sure you submit your application well in advance of the project start date
  • We also require a number of supporting documents – these can be viewed here. Please note all supporting documents are needed before your application can be processed.


How does the Trust assess applications?

We have an impact assessment tool to evaluate applications consistently with our wellbeing framework. Applications are then assessed by a peer review group, before a final decision is made by Trustees. We may contact you about your application during the assessment phase.


Is there anything the Trust doesn’t fund?
  • Core activities funded by local or central government
  • Projects that don’t align with He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora
  • Projects that don’t benefit the people of Tairāwhiti
  • Projects that don’t demonstrate a clear need
  • Retrospective applications (we can’t fund something that has already taken place)
  • Projects without community involvement or support
  • Repayment of outstanding debt.


What other information do I need to provide with my application?
  • project details and budget, including other funds raised
  • relevant quotes
  • financial statements for the previous 12-months and an income and expenditure statement if financial statements are more than 12-months old
  • verification of bank account such as a pre-coded deposit slip or a recent bank statement (note the applicant needs to be the same as the account name)
  • written resolution approving the funding application submission, signed by two office holders
  • applications for more than $10,000 we will likely need more information.