What we don't fund

The Foundation does not fund areas or items that are regarded by the Foundation as primarily the responsibility of central and local government. However, our Trustees acknowledge that many community building projects and iconic projects can only be funded in partnership with central and local government.

General exclusions

  • Conferences
  • Debt repayment
  • Endowments
  • External providers to deliver core curriculum programmes or resources into schools
  • Feasibility studies, need analysis, project plan development, QS or architectural drawings for buildings
  • Fundraisers and fundraising activity
  • Individuals
  • International travel
  • Legal costs
  • Operating costs for organisations receiving over 80% government funding
  • Overseas aid
  • Projects seeking to promote religious or political objectives
  • Retrospective funding for projects completed before the funding decision date
  • Staff vehicles
  • Rescue helicopters and ambulance services
  • Areas which are seen to be primarily the responsibility of central or local Government. 
  • Tertiary institutions and related clubs


  • Core primary healthcare, medical equipment, hospitals, clinics
  • District Health Boards
  • Schools including resources, equipment and uniform
  • Health research
  • Hospice buildings or operating costs
  • Primary Health Organisations (exceptional circumstances will be considered such as innovation, collaboration with NGO’s, rural or remote areas of high need)


  • Accommodation or residential housing
  • Community pools (except isolated communities)
  • Carparks, landscaping, roads
  • Initiatives for private landowners on private land (with the exception of Nga Whenua Rahui legal agreements and QEII covenants)
  • New Early Childhood Education centres
  • Purchase of new buildings
  • School classrooms, administration blocks, IT suites
  • School halls, gymnasiums or swimming pools (except for isolated communities where the facility has multi-use and wide accessibility)
  • Top-ups on building projects already funded
  • Tertiary teaching and administration buildings


  • Council maintained sports fields
  • Floodlights (except in isolated communities where a grant of up to $20,000 may be considered)
  • Operating costs for sports clubs
  • Playing surfaces

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