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Give Well.

Projects & Causes.

Creating a positive impact in our communities is the aim of Auckland Foundation.

We help match generous donors with resources to give to the projects and causes that need them.

Auckland Foundation has three main contestable granting rounds each year.

The Grassroots Giving Programme

Grassroots organisations play a crucial role in keeping our communities connected and thriving.

Our 2017 granting round is now closed.

Through our Grassroots Giving programme, Auckland Foundation has developed a unique knowledge base of the small, often out-of-sight groups that make communities hum. Our donors’ focus in this funding area is to support families and social services.

In 2017, Auckland Foundation made grants under the Grassroots Giving programme totalling $329,552.00 to 38 organisations.

The grants were spread across 5 regions including South, Central/East, West, North and a regional category for organisations that work right across Auckland.

Each year we receive a broad range of applications from many great organisations, all working hard to support the diverse needs of communities in Auckland.

Before Applying

Our donor for the Grassroots Giving Programme is The Tindall Foundation and they also work with appointed Faith Funding Managers across NZ.

If your organisation is faith-based, please check with one of the following Faith Funding Managers first before applying to the Grassroots Giving Programme. Contact details can be found in our Guidance Notes.

Funding Priorities

The programme supports community groups and charitable organisations who deliver initiatives in the Auckland region that support families and communities under the following themes:

  1. Early years
  2. Youth development
  3. Literacy and numeracy
  4. Budgeting
  5. Maori
  6. Migrant, refugee and cross-cultural
  7. Housing

Priority is given to organisations working in the heart of the community using support from volunteers, rather than large well-funded service providers.

Grants awarded range from $1,000 – $10,000. 

Funding supports communities across the Auckland region – from Rodney (Wellsford south) to Franklin (Pokeno north). This includes Auckland City, North Shore City, Manukau City, Waitakere City, Papakura, Waiheke and the Gulf Islands.

If you have any specific questions about your application, please contact Nicola Edwards.

021 070 9502

Auckland Airport Community Trust

Our 2017 granting round is now closed.

Auckland Foundation is proud to manage the Auckland Airport Community Trust. The Trust believes strongly that learning is at the heart of success for communities and as such distributes grants to support learning, literacy and life skills.

The Trust also provides financial assistance to help with the installation of a noise mitigation package to some homes that fall within the Annual Aircraft Noise Contours moderate aircraft noise area.

These grants are awarded to support the communities living within current and projected noise-affected areas in the vicinity of Auckland Airport.

This includes parts of Papatoetoe, Whitford, Flat Bush, Manukau Central, Clover Park, Wiri, Otara, and Mangere. Read more about the Trust’s Area of Benefit.

The Trust has now distributed more than $3 million in community grants across these areas.

More information is available on the Trust’s Website.

If you would like to speak with us about this fund, please contact Nicola Edwards.

021 070 9502


North Shore Fund

Our 2017 granting round is now closed.

Auckland Foundation is delighted to be accepting applications for The North Shore Fund.

Our newest grant making programme, this fund supports those smaller but essential local organisations who are strengthening community networks. Whether this is through addressing social disadvantage, or promoting general health and wellbeing in their communities, priority will be given to groups with a high volunteer content rather than the larger, well-funded service providers.

Grants will be awarded up to $5,000 to support communities across the North Shore. This includes the local board areas of Takapuna-Devonport, Kaipātiki, Upper Harbour, and Hibiscus and Bays.

You can read our Guidance Notes for further information.

2017/2018 Granting Round

Applications for the 2017/2018 granting round closed on August 10th. 

If you have any questions about this fund or your application, please contact Nicola Edwards.

021 070 9502


Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund

Auckland Foundation is proud to be administering the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund.

Born in 1926 in Helensville, Daphne has been a musical stalwart in the Waitoki community. Since starting her piano teaching career at the young age of 15, she has been involved in teaching and performing piano for more than 70 years, supporting and encouraging hundreds of students and local musicians.

Her services to music were recognised in July with a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM).

While ill-health means that Daphne is no longer able to teach, her love of music – and love of learning music – continues through her music scholarship fund.

The annual scholarship will each year assist an individual or group who want to develop their skills and contribute towards promoting music in the South Kaipara community.

The scholarship criteria can be found in the Guidance Notes. Applications should be made using the application form.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Daphne Gretta Mary Stevens Community Music Scholarship Fund, please contact:



Image courtesy of the Tironui Music Trust