Our funding approach

Our community funding programmes are designed to support initiatives that can help enhance the lives of everyone in our region. We look for applications to align with at least one of the Foundation’s outcomes, and ideally, to address one of our priorities.

Our funding programmes include Quick Response Grants (up to $25,000), Community Grants (over $25,000) and a Partnerships Programme. Through our Innovation team, we are also prototyping new ways of funding to accelerate impact.

Quick Response Grants (up to $25,000)

Quick Response Grants have streamlined processes that see grants working in communities as quickly as possible. Read more Quick Response Grants

Community Grants (over $25,000)

Community Grants are designed to support the work of community organisations over the medium term, including multi-year grants. Read more Community Grants

Partnerships Programme

Our partnerships programme is designed for organisations that have an established track record in the region, where a longer-term relationship with the Foundation is likely to improve their ability to deliver and add value for their communities. The Foundation will proactively identify potential partner organisations (that are already pillars in our region's community), through existing funding relationships or research and/or strategic initiatives that may arise. This programme is by invitation only, and is designed to create long-term strategic and regional partnerships between the Foundation and organisations with whom we share outcomes we want to achieve.  


The Foundation’s Innovation team is prototyping new ways of funding to accelerate impact. Our intention is to find ways to fund innovation for impact across the spectrum from ‘start-up’ to established organisations, providing support for projects from those at early stages and prototypes, through to scaling and systems implementation. An example of innovation funding is our GIFT fund https://www.giftofthegulf.org.nz/ which is designed to provide flexible support to initiatives to restore the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf. 

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