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Questions? Take a look at our frequently asked questions - you might find your answer here.


Applicants that are not registered as a charitable organisation, including Limited Liability Companies that do not have charitable status must clearly articulate the charitable purpose of the initiative for which Funding is sought and delineate between for-profit and not-for-profit activity.

If your project has strong potential to generate significant revenue over and above that required to remunerate practitioners fairly and cover project costs for the period of the project, it is unlikely to be a strong fit with Foundation North’s status as a Community Trust and as such it will be ineligible.

Examples of a project that would be assessed as being mainly focused on commercial gain:

  • Any project where the income projections far exceed the costs to create and present the project and the budget includes fair remuneration for those involved in the project for the period of the project.
  • A start-up venture that needs establishment costs to create a platform to sell commercial works internationally with a clear potential to be a profit-making business.
  • An organisation with a dealer and consumer following who is seeking costs to develop work that will appear in a commercial space with significant potential for profit.

If you are unsure whether your project has strong potential to be focused on commercial gain, please contact our funding support team 0800 272 878.

The funding support team is available between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Call us on 0800 272 878, option 2.

No, individuals are not eligible to apply for one of our community funding programmes. Please check your eligibility against our criteria here for Quick Response Grants, or here for Community Grants.

Individuals may be eligible to apply for one of our Impact Funding programmes, provided they will not be making any financial profit from the project – find out more about our Impact Funding here - TBC

Yes. We understand that to support some of the outcomes we want to achieve, we need to think about support for unregistered groups or to help groups become ready for applying for funding. Foundation North will continue to support unregistered groups by allowing them to apply under the umbrella of a registered organisation.

You will be able to register in your own group’s name and tell us which organisation will act as your legal umbrella/fund holder. NB: both your group and the umbrella organisation must be registered on Foundation North’s Funding Hub. Once your registration is processed, you will be able to access the funding request forms on the Hub. Support documents will need to be provided along with your funding request by your group and the ‘umbrella’ organisation. You can find more information about umbrella funding requests here or call us on 0800 272 878, option 2.

Not unless services are directly delivered or directly impacting on the Auckland and Northland region. Please see our operating boundaries.

Please check your eligibility against our criteria