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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.

Auckland Foundation is proud to be a Regional Funding Manager for The Tindall Foundation.

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 donor's focus in this funding area is to support families and social services.

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.

The Grassroots Giving Programme 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.

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

Before Applying

The Tindall Foundation also works 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.

2018 Funding Application Round

There are two application rounds this year, with each round focusing on different areas of Auckland:

Round 1 – South, Central & East Auckland

  • Applications open Thursday 1 March, 9am
  • Applications close Thursday 29 March, 9am

Round 2 – North & West Auckland

  • Applications open Monday 2 July, 9am
  • Applications close Tuesday 31 July, 9am

Organisations that work across the whole of Auckland, or are seeking funding towards an initiative that will support the whole region, should apply in Round 2.

Applications should be submitted using our online application form.

Funding Priorities

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

  • Early years
  • Youth development
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Budgeting
  • Māori
  • Migrant, refugee and cross-cultural
  • Housing


Grants awarded will range from $1,000 – $10,000. Please note that the  maximim grant available from this funding round is $10,000. 

If you have any specific questions about the Grassroots Giving Programme, 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, Ōtara, and Māngere. Read more about the Trust’s Area of Benefit.

The Trust has now distributed more than $4 million in community grants across these areas since it was established in 2003.

More information will become 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

One of our newest grant making programmes, the North Shore 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.

2018 Granting Round

Applications for 2018 will open 9am, Tuesday 3 April and should be submitted using our online application form.

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.

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