Funding Priorities

What we Fund

The types of organisations and sectors we fund. 

Our Priorities

Trust Waikato’s strategic priorities for impact.

Our Region

Areas across the Waikato region that we fund.

Grant types

The types of grants we have available.


Who we fund

In general, Trust Waikato funds not-for-profit groups that:

  • operate mainly in the Waikato region

  • have a bank account, annual financial statements 

  • are an incorporated society or registered charitable trust.

There is some flexibility around these requirements. We can, for example, fund groups that are not societies or trusts.

What we fund

The Trust Waikato Strategic Plan sets five and ten year goals towards achieving transformational change for people, families, communities and places where the need is greatest.

This includes funding initiatives that increase community vibrancy, quality of life, resilience, participation and inclusiveness in the areas of:

  • Arts and culture

  • Education

  • History

  • Social services

  • Sports and recreation

  • Youth

  • The environment


By preference, grants will be made to organisations:

  1. that offer their facilities or services for the benefit or enjoyment of the public and contribute to community vibrancy and resilience,  

  2. that have a proven track record in their area of operation, though the Trust may support new organisations that have significant potential,

  3. that can show community support for their operation,

  4. applying for projects that are consistent with the Trust’s current grants focus,

  5. that have strong volunteer involvement,

  6. that can show that their activity or project can make a real difference for the highest need communities in its region. 

Here is a list of past grants.

Things we don't fund

The Trust typically funds groups and not individuals. Here is a list of some things Trust Waikato does not fund.

Strategic priorities for impact

Trust Waikato’s funding framework has been designed to allocate grants that will deliver on the Trust’s strategic priorities for impact:

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Facilitate improved outcomes for the highest need communities in our region with a focus on:

  • enhancing the wellbeing of children, young people and whanau/families

  • increasing resilience in rural/small communities

  • initiatives that achieve positive outcomes for Maaori.


Strengthen the community sector by:

  • supporting key stakeholders to increase their capacity

  • facilitating partnerships and investing in collaboration

  • enabling change-maker organisations through investment in innovation.

Types of grants

Community Response Grants
There are three general Community Response rounds per year. These close in February, June and September, with payments made to successful organisations generally 12 weeks later.

Significant Capital Projects Fund
Significant Capital Projects funding is available for grants towards capital projects with total costs of $1m or more.

Community Impact Grants
The Trust may invite applications for Community Impact Grants aimed at bringing about transformational change. Community Impact applications will be considered by the Board once they are assessed and a recommendation has been prepared by Trust staff.

Multi-Year Grants
The Trust may invite applications for Multi-Year Grant commitments in any of the three Community Response Grant rounds.


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