Welcome to Foundation North Te Kaitiaki Putea o Tamaki o Tai Tokerau

Yes – we’ve just changed our name!

Foundation North is the new name for what was formerly the ASB Community Trust. The Foundation holds in trust for the Auckland and Northland communities an endowment, or putea, of over a billion dollars. This comes from the sale of the community’s shares in what was previously the Auckland Savings Bank. That endowment allows us to make millions of dollars in grants each year to not-for-profit groups in Auckland and Northland. We’ve made grants worth almost $800 million since being formed in 1988. While our name has changed, we’re still your organisation, here to support all the good work that is being done to make Auckland and Northland such a great place to live.

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 Under our Community Support Grants Programme, our grants are distributed across three funding areas:


In the Places funding area we aim to fund projects that conserve, preserve and develop our region's natural and physical environment, and cultural heritage. Find out more.


In the Participation funding area we aim to encourage and support people to be engaged in their communities through participation in artistic, cultural, recreational and sporting activities. Find out more.


In the People funding area we aim to support community organisations working to facilitate improved outcomes for high need communities in our region, or support strengths-based programmes that focus on positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. Find out more Education grants
Education grants come under the People funding area. If you are an early childhood education centre or school, you will apply under this area. Find out more.

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Latest news

ASB Community Trust becomes Foundation North

ASB Community Trust, which provides grants to not-for-profit organisations across Auckland and Northland, has been renamed Foundation North.  Find out more

Centre for Social Impact research for BayTrust

  A major research project by the Centre for Social Impact into how best to support Bay of Plenty  Find out more

You can now apply for an over $20,000 grant online


Latest grants

Grants approved from 1 October to 31 December 2014  Find out more

ASB Community Trust funding seminars January 2015

Looking for funding?  Come and talk to us! In January,   ASB Community Trust will be holding information seminars about  Find out more

Want to help us create wahine Māori leaders?

  The ASB Community Trust is calling for proposals for ‘Tohia te Tapairu’ – the Māori and Pacific Education  Find out more

Our funding framework

As well as our Community Support Grants Programme, our funding framework includes:

Catalysts for Change Programme

Under our Catalysts for Change Programme, we will identify and address the issues facing our region by funding organisations in a sustained way over a number of years. This targeted approach will include support to increase organisations' capacity to deliver. The intention is to create significant positive change through supporting innovative projects and practices. 

We have a funding round focusing on young people not in education employment or training.  Find out more here.

Our Catalysts for Change programmes are supported by the Centre for Social Impact, established by us to create a centre of excellence for the delivery of effective and innovative philanthropy.

Key Community Partnership Programme

Under our Key Community Partnerships Programme, we will work in partnership with organisations where there is a shared vision for positive outcomes for our communities.

Iconic and Innovative Projects Programme

The Foundation wants to be a pro-active collaborator, funding iconic projects which will create a significant positive impact for the communities of Auckland and Northland. These iconic and innovative grants will be for significant regional projects, with intergenerational benefit and wide impact.

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Our Catalysts for Change programmes are supported by the Centre for Social Impact, established by us to create a centre for excellence for the delivery of effective and innovative philanthropy.