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

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we learnt yesterday on the 24th of June 2015 of the passing of  Find out more

Foundation North’s “beautiful building” a winner

Foundation North’s Allendale Annexe has been awarded the 2015 Auckland Architecture Award for commercial architecture.   Find out more

Applying for a Quick Response grant

The next round of our Quick Response funding closes on the 2nd of June at 5.00pm.   Find out more

Latest grants

Grants approved from 1 January to 3 May 2015  Find out more

Are you looking for funding?

This Tuesday the 5th of May, Foundation North will be holding ‘walk in’ sessions so that members from the  Find out more

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

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.