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When can you apply?

Are you working to help make Taranaki a more prosperous, vibrant, equitable region?

The Foundation runs one contestable grant round per year, where we are honoured to make modest grants to charitable projects in accordance with the wishes of our donors.

This year applications open on the 1st September and close at 5pm on 30th September 2024.

Our annual funding round includes applications for:

  • Taranaki Foundation Annual Funding
  • The Tindall Foundation Funding for Taranaki
  • The Hearing & Visual Impairment Fund

Taranaki Foundation is also delighted to administer the annual Coach McKean Small Grants Fund.

Taranaki Foundation Annual Funding: Grants Distribution Process 

Taranaki Foundation Annual Funding

Taranaki Foundation has one major grant round per year.

Our 2024 funding round will open from 1 September until 30 September.

As at 2023 approximately $50,000 of contestable funding is available as specified by individual donors who have established funds with Taranaki Foundation:

Funding priority areas:

• Arts & Culture
• Children, Youth & Family
• Aged Support
• Education
• Environment
• Health & Wellness
• Recreation & Sport
• Organisations working in South Taranaki
• Stronger Communities
• Hearing and visually impaired people (this fund has a dedicated application form).
Scholarship Assistance

Who can apply?

  • Anyone who wants funding for a charitable purpose or purposes that will benefit Taranaki.
  • Applications must be from the entity that will govern and/or manage the activity funding is being sought for i.e. you can’t apply on someone else’s behalf.
  • Currently grants given are from $500 up to a maximum of $5000 but are typically much less with the average grant last year being $2,000.

Taranaki Foundation does not fund:

  • Projects or activities that are outside the geographic borders of New Zealand.
  • Political advocacy or advancement or other lobby groups.
  • Activities where the primary purpose is fundraising or re-gifting.

Find out more: 

Unsure if you can apply? Please contact us
Refer to our How to Apply Guide to find out more

Tindall Foundation Funding

Taranaki Foundation is proud to act as a Local Allocation Committee for The Tindall Foundation (TTF), a philanthropic family foundation working throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  TTF is helping to build a stronger, sustainable nation so that family, communities and our environment thrive now and in the future. The Taranaki regional funding is distributed through the Family/Whānau Focus Area.

As The Tindall Foundation’s Local Allocation Committee we facilitate the distribution of grants to projects and initiatives in line with TTF’s Funding Priorities. TTF grants are between $500 and $10,000.

Who can apply?

This funding prioritises whānau/families who experience multiple disadvantages across generations and the initiative should focus 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 are community led.

When to apply? 

  • Applications are welcomed from organisations meeting The Tindall Foundation criteria during Taranaki Foundation’s annual funding round.
  • Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Find out more: 

  • You can read more about the goals of The Tindall Foundation’s Whānau/Families focus area on their website
  • For more information and to apply please visit tindall.org.nz
  • Refer to our How to Apply guide to find out more

Hearing & Visual Impairment Fund

The Hearing & Visual Impairment Fund has been established thanks to the generosity of one of Taranaki Foundation’s donors to help Taranaki people who have a hearing or visual impairment to access equipment or technology that has a transformational impact on their daily life. Grants will typically be no greater than $2,000 per nominated individual.

Who can apply?

Organisations are invited to nominate individuals from within the fund’s target communities (Taranaki people who have a hearing or visual impairment) to receive funding for one or both of the following:

  • Direct costs involved in purchasing or accessing equipment or technology for use by the nominated individual(s).
  • Costs associated with the use of equipment or technology (e.g. training, user support) by the nominated individual(s).

When to apply? 

  • Applications are welcomed from organisations meeting the fund criteria during Taranaki Foundation’s annual funding round.
  • Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Coach McKean Small Grants Fund

The Coach McKean Small Grants Fund has been established to provide financial assistance for emerging talented athletes of secondary school age within Taranaki. Grants will typically be no greater than $250 per nominated individual.

Who can apply?

Taranaki High School athletes are invited to apply for a grant to support sporting costs.

  • These grants are focused on athletes who have genuine need of additional resources to participate.
  • Individual grants are to be used for direct costs relating to: registration, equipment, travel and other associated costs for their sports.
  • All applications must include a letter of support from a school coach/teacher or sports coach.

When to apply? 

  • Applications for 2024 open on Monday 17 June until Friday 28 June.

Find out more: 

  • Find out more about the Coach McKean Fund here 

Other Funding Sources

Generosity NZ provides extensive details on other funding options available in New Zealand. Access givUS  free of charge via The Wheelhouse website a service provided for Taranaki organisations.

The Taranaki Scholarships Portal

New Zealand Education Scholarships

Funding Assistance (wheelhouse.org.nz)

Have a few questions?

All our open grant schemes are listed on our Apply for Funding page.

We currently have one funding round per year. The application process opens in August and closes end of September each year.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome in November. Find out more about applying for funding here.

Taranaki Foundation acts as The Tindall Foundation’s (TTF) Local Allocation Committee for Taranaki, distributing donations from $500 to $10,000 in our region to projects and initiatives that support The Tindall Foundation funding priorities.

TTF’s application process runs in parallel with Taranaki Foundations funding round, opening in August and closing at the end of September each year. Find out more about applying for funding from TTF here.

Our Distributions Committee is made up of experts in charitable giving. They review grant applications, making annual distributions in line with the stated wishes of each Fund, or based on the needs of the community for non-designated Funds. We have a Distribution Policy which provides a robust framework for the committee to use when making granting decisions.

All positions on the Distribution Advisory Committee are voluntary and report to the Board of Trustees.

"We’ve done well living in a strong community and we’re now in a position to give back to that community to allow things to be done in the future for others."
Harry and Helen Bayliss - Donors