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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 the following 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.

Grants awarded will range from $1,000 – $15,000. Please note that the maximum grant available from this funding round is $15,000.

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 on The Tindall Foundation website.

2019 Funding Application Round

The 2019 Grassroots Giving Programme will be open for applications from 9am Thursday 1 August, closing at 5pm on Friday 30 August  

Our online application form will be available on our website closer to the opening date.


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


If you have any specific questions about the Grassroots Giving Programme, please contact Nicola Edwards.

021 070 9502

North Shore Fund

The North Shore Fund seeks to support 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, grants will be awarded to support communities across the North Shore.

This includes the local board areas of Takapuna-Devonport, Kaipātiki, Upper Harbour, and Hibiscus and Bays.

Initiatives that have been supported through the North Shore Fund include dance movement therapy classes for young people and adults with disabilities or special needs, a youth-led programme to engage local young people, and a 100% volunteer-driven project to enhance and preserve a local bush reserve.

You can read our Guidance Notes for further information.

2019 Granting Round

The North Shore Fund will re-open for applications on Thursday 1 August 2019 until Friday 30 August 2019.

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

021 070 9502


The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund

Auckland Foundation is honoured to adminster
The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund.

Having personally experienced the heartbreak of child cancer and the loss of her infant son Clinton, Joy Whitley wanted to create something to support families going through a similar experience.

Sadly Joy passed away in 2017, but her final wishes will endure thanks to her generous bequest to Auckland Foundation and the establishment of The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund.

The Clinton and Joy Whitley Fund will award funds towards projects and initiatives in the field of paediatric oncology, and that support children with cancer under 12 years old and their families.

Open to any trust, society, institution or organisation which can demonstrate charitable purposes under New Zealand law, applications will be considered for purposes such as:

  • International paediatric oncology guest speaker tours to New Zealand;
  • Support or development of child cancer camps;
  • Paediatric oncology education, research and resources;
  • Seminars in support of families dealing with child cancer;
  • Academic and scientific research related to advances in the field of paediatric oncology;
  • Items of equipment or technology relating to the treatment of paediatric oncology.

2019 Funding Round

Applications will open at 9am on Thursday 1 August. Guidance notes and online application form will soon be made available on our website.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss an 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.

Need to report back on your grant?


You can now submit your accountability report online.

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