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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

Auckland Foundation is proud to be a Local Donations Manager for The Tindall Foundation.


Grassroots organisations play a crucial role in keeping our communities connected and thriving. These are often small, often out-of-sight groups that make communities hum.

Through our Grassroots Giving Programme, we distribute funds in the Auckland region on behalf of The Tindall Foundation to support project and initiatives under the focus area of Family/Whānau.

Funding Priorities

The Grassroots Giving Programme supports Auckland community groups and charitable organisations that prioritise whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantage across generations.

To apply to this funding round, your organisation or initiative should be focused on positive outcomes, and on long-term solutions that see our tamariki/children, rangatahi/young people and their whānau/families be resilient, secure and thriving.

Priority will be given to organisations/initiatives that:

  • Are grassroots
  • Put whānau/families at the centre
  • Are collaborative
  • Work holistically/provide wraparound support
  • Use kaupapa Māori models of practice
  • Focus on long-term solutions and are outcomes-focused

You can read more about the goals of The Tindall Foundation's Whānau/Families focus area on their website

2019 Funding Application Round

Applications for the 2019 Grassroots Giving Programme will open from 9am Thursday 1 August, and close at 5pm on Friday 30 August.

Grants awarded will range from $500 – $15,000. Please note that the maximum grant available from this funding round is $15,000. You can also read our Application Guidance Notes for more information.

All applications should be made using our online form, which will be available closer to the opening date.


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


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 9amThursday 1 August 2019 until 5pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

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


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.

Grant accountability report form